24/02/16 – Shoot to Commence on 02/03/16
Working within the studio collaborating with a make-up artist.
Photographing a 22 year old female.
Testing which fashion myth I want to create. Testing 3 styles, upon various backgrounds and with various composition styles.
Comparing results and defining which myth i am going to create throughout my project and the style and composition i am going to create it in. Explaining why and how it will help explain the issues of my project and meet my target audience.
Within Test 1, i have focused upon a glittery make-up appearance. Highlighting key features such as lips and eyebrows. They are the current features which are focused upon currently within the fashion industry. Experimenting with different backdrops; white,grey and colour to see which one or many compliment the look and help it stand out. Also shooting full body and head shots to define the composition style i want to elaborate on, choosing the one which is most bold.
Within Test 2, i have focused upon an animal style make-up appearance. This will express the ridiculousness of consumer trending with ideas they are told are current and fashionable. Also experimenting with different backdrops; white,grey and colour to see which one or many compliment the look and help it stand out. As well as shooting full body and head shots to define the composition style i want to elaborate on, choosing the one which is most bold.
Within Test 3, I will be focusing on basic beauty marks; freckles. This will allow me to express and challenge the issues related to having specific traits which are frowned upon. As well as experimenting with different backdrops; white,grey and colour to see which one or many compliment the look and help it stand out. Also shooting full body and head shots to define the composition style I want to elaborate on, choosing the one which is most bold.
The aim of this shoot was to define the make-up trend I am going to create and share in order to express my narrative. I want to create a series of images which represents how consumers follow trends which they are told are fashionable because they want to be accepted and achieve the lifestyle of which the trend is associated with. This will allow me to show how people within fashion images are falsely represented and that ordinary people can achieve the high standards set.
Carrying on from shoot 1,I have collaborated with a make-up artist and created 3 make-up styles I want to portray as make-up trends. As planned I have photographed the 3 styles I wanted however I have only photographed on a colour backdrop and in a landscape, cropped composition. This is due to the visual concept I want to produce. I have photographed on a bright coloured backdrop and in a cropped landscape composition because I want the images to have a bright, high-fashion style to them which draws in the viewers and makes the images look fun and new. I have chosen a cropped style due to wanting the main features within the images to be the faces of the people however still having space to pose them.
Test 1 –
Firstly I tested a bold, glitter affect. Focusing on the eyebrows and lips as they are the current features focused on within the fashion world. Unfortunately this was my least favourite look of the day. The look did not achieve my visual idea, within the images the glitter did not stand out as much as I had wanted. This I believe is due to having 2 features with the look. This meant to much was drawing in the attention. I should have focused on 1 main feature; the eyebrows. The glitter looked most affective on the eyebrows than the lips.
Test 2 –
I then focused upon an animal style make-up appearance. I chose this style to express the ridiculousness of consumer trending with ideas they are told are current and fashionable. Creating a dark and bold look of a cat. I was happy with how this look came across. Even though it looks more like a timid fancy dress influence I have found that it also adds depth and presents my narrative well.
Test 3 –
Finally I focused on basic beauty marks; freckles. I chose this style to to express and challenge the issues related to having specific traits which are frowned upon. Recently having freckles has been a hit and miss trend within the fashion industry. Either having none or having your full face covered in them has been the thing to do. However I have created the in between. Drawing on freckles. Within this style dots were added across the cheeks to create a freckle affect. Looking over the images this was the most successful style. It emphasises a natural look however can also be made to look fake. It’s simple and works effectively as it’s only a small area drawing in the attention and creating the trend.
Overall looking through all the images I believe test 3 was my most successful. I am going to be photographing this trend on a range of different people. I want to keep the simplicity and naturalism of the trend however I also want to make it extreme to show how strongly influenced we are by adding different coloured freckles to make them stand out more.
I will continue to photograph on coloured backdrops however I will be using a range of different colours. I am also going to be making these portraits fun.