P173: the use of props

by Stefan Fletcher June. 22, 2015 1945 views

Back in the booth and fiddling with pictures that are making my colleague's eyes bug out.

Sabrina and I disagreed on the question of props. She wanted them; I didn't. For a start, if you take the time and effort to light someone against a black screen, it means the subject is important, right? Besides, an ironing board (even when it matches your shoes) is probably the least photogenic object I know. It was also a matter of compassion: Sabrina's husband might get some funny ideas seeing her complementing an iron so well. In fairness (or rather, to be equally unfair to all parties), I offered to photograph him putting up kitchen units, fixing the car or doing whatever it is that husbands do in this supposedly egalitarian society of ours.

The adult solution (read “compromise”) was to try with and without props, but these are the last of this series and I'm the one who gets to choose.


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John Robert Miller 4 years, 4 months ago

Very nice series! Your use of color jumps out at the viewer!

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Evalizette Hansson 4 years, 6 months ago

I could fall in love with her!
Second one steals me away :)

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 4 years, 6 months ago

I miss her other eye, but who am I to judge, now if she was a flower that`s different.

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Sadhya Rippon 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm not really the right person to comment on this type of photography as it is so outside my field, but the thing that jumps out at me in this and the previous post is that in every shot she is staring moodily into the lens. I think any of these shots would be more interesting (and less challenging to the observer) if she was looking elsewhere - lost in her own world - rather than as the model in the photographer's studio.
Or imagine if in #3/#4 she was engrossed in a book - maybe even a 50 Shadesbook to add another dimension!

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful series! Tough assignment.........great "sacrifice"..........

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 4 years, 6 months ago

I will never look a ironing board the same way.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 4 years, 6 months ago

Chortle I do. #3 my fav. So full of color! And now I am pondering doing a shoot with my ironing board right now.

4 years, 6 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 4 years, 6 months ago

This will make Larry chortle: hey! I messed up the colour cast in No. 3!

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