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The goals of this project were to take portraits and turn them from ordinary, boring portraits into a photo that adds interest and portrays a mood. One good way to do this, is through the eyes. I mainly focused on the models eyes as the major hero of these pieces. I played with lighting to use it in unique ways in order to portray different moods for each portrait. My goal is for the audience to feel three emotions in the time it took them to scroll through these three photos.
These are all photos that focus on the eyes as one common denominator: the eyes. These models each tells a story and portray a mood through their eyes. These models all looked different and had beautiful unique eyes. I included other elements of interest in each photograph. For the photograph of Julia, I added a scarf that I threw in the air to let it gracefully fall down. I added this element to make this anything but the ordinary portrait. I wanted the scarf to direct eye flow as well. On the portrait of Claire (the blonde with twinkly lights in the back) I added twinkly warm lights to go with the warmth of her yellow-ish eyes. The overall mood of this should be warm and inviting. The last portrait that I took for this class is of my roommate that I had get in a steaming hot shower. I wanted the glass door to fog up so I could take a photo through the glass. This one in particular is extremely different than the others. It is eerie and dark and not very colorful. The only color that is the hero in this piece is the green in the model’s eyes.
What worked well for these pieces is the use of lighting and the emphasis on the captivating eyes of each model. Each model tells a different story and portrays a different mood whether that is a welcoming and warm mood, or a cold, uninviting, dark mood. Either way, a different emotion is felt in each photo.