Frame Work Continued

By: Gustav Hoiland

Sep 16 2010


Category: self portrait

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Focal Length:24mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

It Doesn't Look Silly

Framework being a reference to something I heard about someone starting a photo company called Framework… which I find all too perfect. Maybe it does look silly, thinking about it again. But that will be explored. If your gut reaction is laugh laugh, I cannot change you with mere words.

It strikes me first as being in the high-fashion vein. The clothes are nothing remarkable, but the more I study that stuff the clearer it becomes that clothes ain’t the point of the photo. That might be a bit oversimplified, but for now I’ve come to think it’s more about having some kind of an impact on people by creating some mood or communicating emotion of some sort, all within an instantly attractive image. And often my interpretation of their intentions leads to a bunch of head-scratching ambiguity coupled with a desire to learn how to shoot such scenes.

So the high-fashion characteristics here. First is that frame covering my eyes. You look at eyes in photos. You look at eyes in real life. If there are eyes, you will look at them. If you’ve driven recently on NYC freeway’s you’ve undoubtedly seen the Geico billboard that is nothing more than two massive googly-eyes sitting on a stack of $100 bills and their logo on the side. So what I’m saying is I need a ton of cash in the frame. Nope. Kidding. That I deny you eyes here makes something happen within you. But I guess differently than if I were wearing sunglasses… I’ve really worked my way into a hole this time.

Next! The shadowy background. I’ve kicked into blueish territory, but the notable thing is just the fact that there’s some of these soft shadows hanging out.

Next! The mouth, of course. I don’t know what to say about it. It’s not particularly kissy. Not whistly either. Not sure what’s going on, but it sure is different than closed lips.

Finally, (right?) the harsh shadow coming down my cheek from the frame. This backwards S that drops from forehead down the facade and through the neck and out of the frame.

Yeaaaaaah, really just another photo created through arms-length shooting frustration and experimentation.

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