vrijdag 11 november 2016
This fine portrait of lovely Clare in Formlenti glasses from China marks the end of her wonderful photo shoot in which over fifty glasses were shown. Clare is the 80th Lady behind Crystal Veil.
A well deserved word of thanks to this great, cheerful model will be posted within a few days.
These tiny but nice glasses with Formlenti lenses were sent to me by Steve from China. Clare is the fifth model posing in them, being preceded by Sandra (213), Iris (158) and more recently Anna in Paris. My collection also hosts a pink Formlenti pair by the same brand but this red version is more suitable for brunettes.
donderdag 10 november 2016
Another "which of me do you like best" portrait of Clare in early 1970's myodisc glasses, this time taken "en face". For the record, the glasses were featured in one preceding photo shoot, last year with Claudine (204) who did a fine job posing in the nostalgic setting of a graveyard. Ever since, I was curious to have these extraordinary glasses tried out on a next occasion. The lot fell on Clare because of the small PD. A striking contrast, an entirely different mood board. It's always great to see and compare the way a new model brings life to a vintage pair of glasses. When the project started, my sole aim was to have each and every pair of glasses in my collection shown by a model. That's how the weblog started, in complete obscurity and without any plan to receive the attention of viewers. Simply a digital catalog. It still amazes me how fast the perspective changed over the years, but the changes were challenging and inspiring. So let's proceed with this amazing journey....
A color version and a black & white version of a fully edited portrait showing Clare in early 1970's myodisc glasses from Germany. Many girls and women in need of prescription glasses make selfies depicting them looking over and through the glasses at the same time. I never came across a written explanation for this ambiguous way of self portraying. I can think of two explanations. My first guess is that it has to do with the desire of these girls and women to show both their faces at the same time. Another, perhaps more likely explanation is that the subjects would prefer to take selfies sans glasses but still need their glasses to make the selfies.
Whatever their motives, the images crossed my mind when Clare was posing for me in these myodisc glasses used by a German school girl 45 years ago.
What actually happened was this. Clare had a bit of trouble raising the glasses to a point where she could use the bowls. Instead, she was looking through the upper part of the carrier lenses. In retrospect, she had to deal with two practical problems at the same time: the low position of the tiny bowls and the fact that the slightly positive carrier lenses were much closer to her minus five prescription than the extreme minus prescription in the bowls. Instead of asking her to raise her chin, I snapped. Translated into the world of thought shown in the world of selfies, Clare's expression here would be something like this:
"Do you like me better as a longsighted girl or as an extremely shortsighted girl?"
We are able to choose our frames but none of us can change our prescription in glasses, except for steps like laser surgery, IOL implants or - on a temporary basis - GOC (Glasses over Contacts). None of my models ever used GOC and it's my intention to keep it that way. There is no need, given the astounding ability of many models to look natural and credible in glasses fitted with many different prescriptions. Still, there may be a hidden preference among young women faced with eyesight problems. Three years ago, one of the models posing for me in Ireland confided to me that she would soon go for an eye test as she felt she needed prescription glasses. After seeing her portraits, she wrote to me "I hope I will get the magnifying glasses!". Soon afterwards, it turned out that she was in fact longsighted so she got the prescription she preferred. Lucky girl....
This and the two preceding portraits are deliberately different from what is usually seen in my documentaries. It's not a new trend but an answer to a follower who requested that I would show some less edited portraits of a model posing in extremely strong glasses. I met this polite request after consulting Clare. She did not mind. To me, there is something creepy about these portraits but as they put it in French, "chacun a son gout" so there you go. The only editing involved here was to transfer the portraits into black and white. The next portraits in this series will be edited and in color. See for yourself which you like best.