zaterdag 30 november 2013
All good things must come to an end.... This highly expressive portrait marks the end of this remarkable photo shoot with an experienced, beautiful freelance model. Colleen is the 51st Lady behind Crystal Veil.
A word of thanks goes to Richard, manager of the Porter House Inn for his kind permission to use the terrace for this and the up coming next photo shoot.
I wish to pay a big compliment to Colleen for her apparently effortless way of posing in no less than 45 pairs of glasses. It really all went like clock work. There was never any strain. What struck me were the subtle changes in her posing and the superb, credible eye contact, even in glasses that only created a massive blur.
Colleen, you are a young lady with many talents. An experienced model who knows all the tricks of the trade but also a beauty queen and a singer. I was amazed by your rendering of Anastacia's very first hit, "I'm outta love". Not every singer is given to that.
During the photo shoot, I offered you to see the photos on the display of the camera. Models are always eager to see the results on the display but you said that you are highly critical about your portraits so we left it at that. Needless to say, I hope that at least some of the portraits in this documentary are to your liking. You did a splendid job. I wish you a lot of success with your future career.
vrijdag 29 november 2013
Here is another appearance of what looks like sunglasses, but in reality it's just the shade projected by the strong lenses in the Zenni glasses, minus twelve. After the trial and error with the oval SGS glasses, Colleen found the solid Zenni glasses much easier to handle and it just took us three takes before she had it perfect.
These striking black and white glasses by Zenni were ordered in the long distance prescription of my partner Nel who subsequently chose them for use in everyday life. Zenni has an upper limit of -10.00 for progressive lenses so I ordered an empty frame and then had it fitted with progressive lenses by ciliaryblue in England. Note the myodisc effect at the edge of the left lens. Zenni did this extra work without any charge so that the glasses could make their journey, neatly and safely folded in their case. Up Zenni!
Again, this series of beautiful Colleen in contemporary glasses by Zenni suffered so much from the steam on the lenses that only a couple of portraits can be posted. However, this portrait came out great and in my opinion it's among the top five in this wonderful photo shoot. Colleen really surpasses herself here. Really marvelous posing and a superb, intense eye contact, suggesting that she saw me in full detail. Hat off for Colleen!
Colleen showing yet another special effect particular to blended myodisc lenses - the "half moon" next to her right eye. The half moon shows the gradual transition between the central "bowl" with its correction for extreme myopia and the positive carrier lens that surrounds the bowl. One down side of blended myodisc lenses was the limited field of view offered to people with extreme myopia. In that respect, the traditional Keislenti myodiscs are still the best. Always white ravens in the streets, blended myodisc glasses are now almost completely extinct and my latest sighting is about ten years ago. Thank you, Colleen, for your help in this experiment. Much appreciated!
Also called Lentilux, blended myodisc glasses were a great invention of the early 1980's. These lenses were made in an attempt to take away a part of the stigma around extremely nearsighted people that could not be helped with contact lenses. Blended myodiscs were a good alternative for the traditional Kreislenti with their all too apparent circular bowl, surrounded by a carrier lens. In my schoolboy days, there were no contact lenses so anyone with extreme myopia had to wear myodisc glasses. I remember seeing many girls and women in myodisc glasses and they always seemed a bit shy when they felt that you looked at them. By contrast, the first lady I ever saw in blended myodisc glasses looked quite confident and certainly not handicapped at all. This was in Kufstein, Austria in 1988. I knew nothing about blended myodisc glasses but the effects created by the magic lenses in the lady's glasses was fascinating. The play of light and shadow changed with each tiny movement of her head. After coming across a couple of blended myodisc glasses in a charity shop in the 1990's I recognized them as the same magic glasses seen in Austria and bought them without bargaining. Here Colleen shows some of the fascinating light effects in the lenses. The Nigura glasses were steaming up but Colleen was not bothered by that. The lenses are so strong that all she saw was a massive blur, steam or not.
Here is a fun experiment for both model and photographer. Also precision work and a lot of navigating to achieve the best result. It looks as if Colleen is wearing sunglasses but in reality, the effect is caused by the way the extremely strong minus lenses create shades all by themselves. I like these photos for the mix of concentration and the amused look on the model's face. Great!
These glasses were sent to me by Steve's glasses shop in China, some three years ago. The oval silver frame is timeless. Note the shades in the central part of the lenses. This is caused by the extremely strong prescription of minus fifteen. The light is let through the thick sides of the lenses, sticking out behind the thin frame. The result is that the shady center of the lenses is surrounded by parts that catch the light.
These Actuell glasses have been part of my collection since the 1980's. They were bought for coppers and brass at the famous "Waterlooplein" market in Amsterdam. In those days, it was more of a flea market than it is now. Regretfully this is the only portrait of Colleen in these vintage glasses that can be posted here. The rest of the series was marred by the lenses that steamed up as soon as Colleen put the glasses on.
The final section of this photo shoot is about strong minus glasses. I add this great, nostalgic portrait of beautiful Colleen in cat eye glasses to show the different balance between the eyes and lips when the glasses are not strong minus but mild plus. The same portrait in colour was posted as Colleen 026 but here it is again with some additional editing. Certainly one of the highlights in a strong photo shoot with a professional level of posing. Colleen, you are a gem!
A photo shoot about vintage prescription glasses means portrait photography. However, when Colleen arrived at Bray Station, I noticed her beautiful skirt. Very much the style of the late 1950's and early 1960's. So here she is, posing in the style of half a century ago (skirt and glasses) with a touch of modern times (like the watch). Great!
These Nylor glasses were kindly given to me by Peter, a colleague at work. Peter saw my first exhibition of portrait photography and afterwards he talked with his father who is now ninety years of age. Peter's mother died young and the father kept the house pretty much the way it was. Several of the mother's glasses were still kept on a shelf. When Peter mentioned my photography project, his father kindly agreed to let the glasses have a second life. During the past three years, the Nylor glasses were featured in at least a dozen photo shoots. Many models like them because the glasses stand for a glorious era from the past which is often a source of inspiration for the new generation. Besides, there is an intangible quality to the Nylor glasses. Somehow they seem to suit most models. Timeless beauty indeed. Thank you, Peter!
After seeing Colleen posing in three modern Zenni glasses with a touch of the cat eye look, it's nice to compare these contemporary glasses with a vintage pair made by Nylor between 1960 and 1962. It illustrates that even during the heyday of the cat eye era, the most popular glasses had only a touch of the cat eye look.
donderdag 28 november 2013
Arguably one of the best portraits from this photo shoot. Feel free to disagree....
At some stage of the photo shoot, Colleen said that my choice of vantage points was different from any photographer she worked with. It's always welcome to receive that kind of feedback as I have no clue how other photographers work. It would be great to attend one of Alain's photo shoots. All I can say is that the glasses often dictate the vantage point, showing a more prominent jaw line than elsewhere. And of course, it is my aim to show models the way they really are. Also, I like to portray strong, independent women with a mind of their own. The combination of these three factors leads to my perhaps unorthodox approach.
In spite of the damp in the atmosphere, resulting in steam on the lenses, this is an excellent portrait of Colleen in contemporary glasses with a touch of the cat eye style. Note the very effective use of the finger. Colleen is a master at this version of "minimal art". Many of her portraits would have lost some of their quality without the use of her hands. She seemed to know by instinct where to put her hands when I gave my instructions for the next vantage point. A perfect rendition of "Q & A"!
Colleen posing in another Zenni pair with a touch of the cat eye style. Unlike the previous pair, these glasses are quite popular among my models and several of them now wear these glasses in everyday life. The glasses come in three coulours: medium brown, black and imitation tortoise shell.