woensdag 27 april 2016
Preparations for my next international trip with Nel are in full swing. If all goes well, the two dozen pairs shown here will be used during a photo shoot on May 2. The theme of that photo shoot will be "How to do an eye exam, and how to choose my first pair of glasses?". No further details can be revealed at this stage, except that the city in question has a longer cultural history than Lutetia.
vrijdag 8 april 2016
This fine portrait of lovely Julia in Wonderland marks the end of her wonderful photo shoot. Julia is the 72th Lady behind Crystal Veil.
A word of thanks goes to the owner of restaurant Sanderskuper (Ahaus, Germany) for his permission to use the premises as decor for the second part of this photo shoot.
Another word of thanks goes to Anke for the "loan" of her sweet dog Roos as playmate for Julia. This contributed to the quality of thirty portarits (096 - 125) in an unforeseen but very welcome manner. And Roos, you are unable to read this but you are a gem!
Dear Julia, thank you for a pleasant afternoon! You were the first who posed for me after the series of five photo shoots during a weekend in Paris. An all natural girl with nice dimples, lovely eyes and a sweet smile. No tricks of the trade. What struck me during our preparations is that so many frame styles really suit you. Modelling was an entirely new experience to you. But blessed with a down to earth attitude and an open mind, you picked it up fast. First by following directions in a patient and relaxed manner, then by throwing in spontaneous moments. Of course you had the advantage of being well familiar with prescription glasses. But you were also capable to produce natural, credible looks in glasses way beyond your own prescription. Being fond of dogs was another of your assets and this lead to three amazing series in which posing was replaced by spontaneous real life action. For once I felt more like an avidly snapping spectator than a director / photographer and this was an entirely new experience to me. In a way you reversed the roles and it was great. Thank you for taking up the challenge of doing a photo shoot, just after I bought the giant Valentine card that evoked our first conversation. I hope that the results of this photo shoot may contribute to many, many Valentine cards coming your way next year. By the way, my collection now hosts a pair of real Valentine glasses and you are welcome to pose in these as an encore. Thanks again!
These glasses first appeared in the Zenni catalog four years ago. The frame came in three different colours, purple, pink and what was described as cream, but I always call these the peach glasses. The three versions were subsequently featured in photo shoots but the peach glasses were the favourite among my models. Lovely Julia is the tenth model posing in them. Unfortunately, all versions are now out of stock and it's very unlikely that they will ever return.
Zenni keeps adding new frames to their catalog and this pair is one of the best. The first model to pose in them was Mirjam at New Year, followed by Cat in Paris. Here Julia joins their ranks and I'm sure that many models will follow in her footsteps. There is a touch of the cat eye look but Zenni often adds a nice twist of their own.
The pince-nez was introduced during the late 1880's and it remained popular among the upper middle classes until the early 1940's. Julia stood on a grass patch so it was safe to have her posing in this antique pince-nez without the traditional thin cord attached to her coat.
Lovely Julia was not the first who was pleased with these antique glasses. Fifteen years ago, a friendly optician called Danel fitted the oldest glasses in my collection (made c. 1860) with lenses. He did this in the old way at no extra cost. I showed him and his young wife some other antique glasses from my collection, including the pair shown here. I said to the young lady that these glasses might be near her own prescription. She tried them on straightaway, exclaimed "These are perfect!" and danced all around the shop. Julia did not go that far. The T junction with its busy traffic was not a suitable place for dance steps.
This photo was one of five taken during the process of adjusting the trial frame. Unfortunately, the later captures can't be shown here. The glare in the old trial lenses was simply too much to be edited out. Anyway, the main thing is that Julia did not need an increase.
Doing this fun experiment with Julia reminds me of a photo shoot done back in 2011 with a freelance model called Christien. The location was Nel's garden. Two neighbour girls saw us at work and asked us if they could watch us for a while. Christien did not mind and both girls, age ten or eleven, sat quietly enjoying the procedure. During a short break, one of the girls asked Christien "Are you a famous model?". Christien did not know how to answer so I said "She is well on the way". The other girl then asked if they could try some glasses themselves after the photo shoot. As their faces were too small and narrow for the glasses used by Christien, I took a few snaps of the two girls posing with lenses similar to this fun experiment with Julia.
After Anke and her sweet dog Roos left us, we decided to do one more picture with the blended myodisc glasses and then head for the German border. Taking this photo of lovely Julia was precision work, calling for careful navigation from both sides the lenses. Experimenting with this took more time than the fifteen preceding portraits together but it eventually paid off. Careful editing went into this photo afterwards as the original version contained some red lines reminiscent of Halloween or even Dracula. Note the difference between the two images of Julia's face. This is caused by the axis of the cylinders in the lenses: vertical in the lens in front of Julia's left eye (that is, from her side) and horizontal in the other lens.
This documentary will now continue with the photos taken at our third (and final) location.
donderdag 7 april 2016
Taking this picture was such a rewarding moment. Here is a novice at modelling producing one of the best captures ever taken of a young lady in blended myodisc glasses. The entire photo shoot with Julia was worth our combined efforts for this moment all by itself. Thank you, Julia!