Studio Practice 1B – Outcome 1 – Research

My chosen subject for this proposal was to capture portraits through silhouettes. The silhouettes i have captured represent a dark, sinister and beautiful subject. However their identity is hidden. Therefore I have being looking in to photographers who capture portraits in an unconventional way. Photographers who capture dark, sinister beauty and also hide the identity of their portrait. This is to help me demonstrate that not all portraits need to be a clear shot of somebodies full identity/face.

I have chosen to photograph my portraits with a contemporary twist in order to show that is different ways of looking at somebody. When i look at a portrait of a persons face i try to imagine who they are, what they do, what’s their story. However looking at my portrait silhouettes the whole identity of the person disappears, you just have a blacked out figure which could portray many different ideas and stories. Which makes the portrait more interesting, mysterious and fun. It’s a puzzle to look at and allows you to interpret it more in your own way.

I find that the images above by Richard Burbridge also represent this idea that i have tried to portray though my silhouettes. He has captured a portrait which shows the beauty of the model however he has added a huge sinister twist through masks and make-up which also hide the identity of the model. This hides the whole meaning of the portrait. It draws in the audience and makes you wonder, why can’t we see her face? what is that on her face? it questions your view of the portrait whilst drawing in your attention and imagination. Successful contemporary portraits.
The black and white images are the ones i believe to represent this idea fully. Comparing them to my studio silhouettes which are also black and white i can see that their is no colour distracting the image and the depth of the black and white draws you in further making the image more mysterious and slightly fearful to look at.




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Olivia Bates

My aim is to delve in to the alliance between fashion and people so I can explore the link between the subjects in order to communicate my image I have the ability to approach any difficult situation and solve any problems to find resolutions in order to work efficiently. I can manage situations, communicate honestly and have a trustworthy manner as I am expressive and take no nonsense which allows me to get the job done. Please contact me at; and visit my website;

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