vrijdag 20 september 2013
Almost identical with photo 156, this beautiful portrait of lovely Doreen in giant black hat and priceless 1980's Formlenti glasses by Christian Olivier concludes her photo shoot.
I wish to thank Doreen for her pleasant company, her stamina during the three hour photo shoot, and for her beautiful way of posing.
Another word of thanks is due to my partner Nel for the use of her garden and her fine collection of hats.
Doreen, looking back at all your lovely portraits, I find it unbelievable that you warned me in advance, "I'm not photogenic at all!". There is no way of telling that this was your first photo shoot ever. You took instructions quite well, from the start to the very end. Sooner than expected, I noticed that you got into your stride, simply by "going with the flow". It was my privilege and honor to work with you. I'm looking forward to our next photo shoot.
I conclude with a note to viewers. This weblog has now almost reached its full capacity. I will start a new weblog soon. Its title will probably be be "Lovely ladies behind crystal veil". To be continued....
Great, almost majestic posing by Lady Doreen in black hat and priceless Formlenti glasses by Christian Olivier. I sometimes wonder if the first owner of the glasses used them in combination with stylish hats as well. She must have been a wealthy lady with great taste - the glasses must have cost her a small fortune. Her choice to have the frame fitted with Formlenti lenses must have been a deliberate one. There were several acceptable alternatives available in the late 1980's. The Formlenti accentuate the overall feel of luxury and "showing off". There is nothing wrong with a lady in minus ten glasses - all she needs to do is picking the right frame and lenses. This portrait of Doreen says it all.
Doreen had one great advantage over most models posing in the Christian Olivier glasses - she was well able to see herself in the hand mirror. The Formlenti lenses in the glasses are only one diopter above the model's own prescription. The happy smile illustrates that Doreen was pleased with the combination of the black hat from Napoli and the white glasses by Christian Olivier.
Just like we did in the previous series with the purple Silhouette glasses, Doreen tried another hat for comparison with the white hat. This black hat is one of the gems from the collection of my life partner Nel. The contrast between the white Christian Olivier glasses and the black hat is simply irresistible.
donderdag 19 september 2013
Symphony in white - smiling Doreen in a giant white hat from my life partner's collection and the even whiter Christian Olivier glasses. Note the images in the lens in front of the model's right eye. Left to right: first, the carrier lens that catches the dark brown color of the model's hair. Next, the power rings that catch a mixture of everything - mainly the skin but also the hair and the hat. Next, a dark zone which must be the hair. Next, the accentuated white of the hat. Next, the grey shade of the hat. And last but not least, the image of the model's right eye. Great!
Formlenti myodiscs were a wonderful invention of the 1970's, giving extremely short sighted people an alternative for the traditional Kreislenti with a circular bowl. From an aesthetic point of view, following the shape of the frame makes more sense than a circular bowl. .
These Christian Olivier glasses belong to the real treasures in my collection. A bold, striking frame with a touch of luxury about it, and very special lenses which are now extinct in the streets. As a result, these glasses are often featured in my photo shoots, almost like a testing piece. Most of the models saw only a massive blur when they tried these glasses but Doreen could see fairly well through them. This why I chose these glasses as the "finale grandioso" of her photo shoot.
Beautiful, with a touch of irony - great posing by Doreen and arguably one of the best portraits in this series with the purple Silhouette glasses from 1994.
Many models posed in these glasses, e.g. Nel (001), Clarine (123), Farishta (067), Conny (134) and Petra (227) on my first weblog and Christien (122, 183) on the present weblog. Farishta, who recently agreed to do another photo shoot next week, can be seen wearing these glasses during the catwalk at the opening of my first exhibition with "Ladies behind crystal veil" (You Tube Lentilux).
Askance look - "What do you think about this hat, Mr. Photographer?"
When I was six, I often stayed with one of my grandmothers who was a widow and a bit of an eccentric lady. She had breakfast served in her bedroom by her younger sister who lived with her. Then it was my turn to help my grandmother with the most difficult choice of the day. She disappeared behind a screen and came back in what would become the outfit of the day if it met with my approval stamp. When I said no or even when I seemed in doubt, she disappeared behind the screen again and came back with a new outfit. This went on, until I gave my approval stamp to an outfit. I suppose she missed her husband's advice but maybe it was her way to introduce me to the world of lady's dilemma's. She was also my first inspiration for glasses, of which she had half a dozen. This background came handy later in life - and now again in this photography project.
"I like both hats, Doreen, but let's take some more portraits with this purple hat if you don't mind".
woensdag 18 september 2013
"I heard your praise about my posing, Mr. Photographer. Did you really mean it? I never thought of myself in terms of being photogenic, let alone as a photo model. I'm speechless".
"I sincerely meant everything I said about your posing, Doreen. Didn't I tell you that we would make you photogenic?"
This is the twin portrait of 131. Here Doreen is showing the effects in the lens in front of her right eye. The Rx of the right lens is only -0.50 more than the left lens but the power rings seem considerably stronger. Again, the rim of the hat can be seen between the power rings and the model's cheek.
The sky is the limit for any model posing in Silhouette master pieces from the 1980's and Doreen was no exception. Note the interesting images in the lens in front of the model's left eye. One of the power rings catches some of the green background. The rim of the white hat can be seen between the power rings and the model's cheek.
Doreen checking the 1.50 reading add in lined bifocals made by Pearle in the 1980's. The demarcation line of the reading segment in the lenses is invisible. This has nothing to do with my editing - simply an example of the discrete combination of fairly strong minus lenses with a modest reading add. No doubt, the first owner of the glasses must have felt relief when she noticed that the reading segment was almost invisible.
Pearle is a well known chain of opticians shops. From time to time, I bring them a box filled with glasses for the Third World. Here Doreen is posing in a pair of bifocals called "Pearle Vision", indicating that the chain also designed glasses of their own in its early years.
zondag 15 september 2013
A striking "quattro staggioni" portrait of Doreen in Napolitan hat and German glasses, taken during the final "hide and seek" phase of her photo shoot. The vantage point was chosen with care to avoid the reflection in the lenses as best as possible. Note the massive "frosted" power ring section in the right lens (from the model's perspective) and its striking contrast with the image of the sun lit fence in the background through the giant hat.
Wide eyed Doreen posing in glasses that were made in Germany some three decades back. This series was made near the very end of her photo shoot when we were finally losing our game of hide and seek against the merciless sunlight. Adding some shadow and then converting portraits into black and white sometimes does the trick and I'm pleased with the way this portrait came out. The giant hat which I gave to Nel in Napels, Italy is black anyway :). Doreen's expression here is second to none. Great!
Doreen was very much aware of the style and class in this combination of hat and Cardin glasses. Small wonder that she delivered some of the highlights of her photo shoot when posing in the Cardin glasses. It goes without saying that she received compliment after compliment from her photographer. Timeless beauty indeed.
In spite of - or thanks to - their unusual trapezoid shape, these beautiful glasses by Pierre Cardin are always chosen by my models and Doreen was no exception. Like many models before her, Doreen was in doubt whether the glasses would suit her, but the results exceeded all expectations.
Note the height of the Cardin frame. This frame size emerged around 1975 and it remained quite popular for over a decade. Those were the days in which all the classic rules went overboard, often with marvelous results. Forget about the eyebrow line and almost replace it by a powerful eyebrow line above it. The wild abandon in the design of that glorious decade was fantastic. These Cardin glasses are a splendid example.
Again, the hat bought during the 1970's by the late mother of my life partner Nel provided a perfect counter balance for the glasses.
Rodenstock always avoided extravaganza. They followed the trends in fashion but concentrated on the design of frames that blended in a subtle way with the faces of their clients. This photo of Doreen is a good example of the Rodenstock philosophy, showing the glasses as an accent instead of a highlight.