Water and Skin

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 02 2010

Category: self portrait

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Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80


I came across a self portrait that I quite liked. Then I zoomed in and saw the incredible detail of it. Instead of posting the photo in its entirety, here’s a little tasting at high resolution instead.

There’s two parts that really stand out to me – first, the eye. The other one looked great too, but alas here’s just one. It’s got this incredible three dimensionality to it. You can literally see the ball curve back into its socket. The intensity of the bigness of it is ramped up by the delicate bloodshotness creeping in from the sides while the plethora of eye lashes jut towards you like a venus fly trap.

Look to the left now. Depending on your monitor brightness, you might not even see the giant looming ear. But I’m more interested in the sheen of the water on the edge of my face. It goes almost black and white, reflecting the flash instead of projecting its own redness. I’m not entirely sure what to call it, but gall darn it, I love it.

The second part I’m really all about is the lips. Like the eye, they’re very 3d. There’s this great gloss on them, wetness straight from the shower that makes the deep red so … perhaps enticing. I don’t know. A big part of it is what they’re surrounded by – all that micro stubble and the contours of the skin. The bottom one looks particularly huge, at least when compared to the top one, because the camera is shooting downwards and my mouth is slightly agape… I only thought it looked weird when I actually paid attention it.

Finally, the photo begins in darkness and ends in it. Between the black is dear’ol gus, just hanging out and staring out of your monitor into your room. That white triangle on the bottom left is also quite nice, if I do say so myself.


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