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For this assignment, we were given free-range to photograph any type of portrait we desired. Our goal was to have a portrait that stopped you in your tracks, to have a focal point that would capture the viewer.
When approaching this assignment, I knew immediately I wanted to create a sense of confusion; a photograph that questioned whether it was real or manipulated. Through brainstorming different aspects of the body, I thought about the way hair moves when it is tossed. It is an unpredictable motion that typically cannot be controlled. This stemmed my wondering: what if I could control where the hair landed? Gravity was my competitor in this thinking. This led me to think about the way the model could lay to use gravity to my advantage. For this photo, I had Ellie lay on her side, shoulder and hip on a chair, with her shoulders as straight as she could manage. This allowed me to control each hair that crossed her face towards the floor. I then rotated the photo to appear as though her hair is being blown across her face.
This assignment was a success. I measured this by the amount of questions I received on how this photograph was accomplished. Many viewers believed I had timed the photo just right while having a fan blow her hair. Our professor often talks about the way that the most successful photos are more simple than they are complex. This philosophy was proved true through this portrait.