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By RogerMann
The Bardot Project. My attempt at a 1950s style Bardotesque glamour image. Integra is wonderful but I'm not sure about the overall result and whether or not it hits the spot. Constructive criticisms welcome.

Tags: Fashion Dancer Bardot Portraits and people Flash and lighting Integrafairbrook

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johnnyboy114 Plus
9 231 106 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2010 6:13PM
Ok, I shall be constructive, I hope, as no one else has commented...

The Bardot thing I get. The hair, the look of the image and so on. The colours are lovely by the way. BUT....for me, as much as she is amazing, as much as you are highly skilled with a fantastic eye and as much as you can judge light almost perfectly, SHE isn't quite the fit for the Bardot thing. Now, I am not of the generation to remember Bardot, but I definitely know of her films and her look from the stuff my parents used to watch, religiously, all the time when they were on telly. So I am not unaware of Bardot and her movies. And from memory, Bardot, although played the demure, she one, she was also a strong looking woman, a very bold and "big" lady (not in stature, more of personality and so on) and your model here works much better in a different context I feel. I completely see where you are coming from, but not entirely sure SHE can pull it off. If you took this image without the pretext of it being a Bardot project shot, I feel that it would stand alone as a stunning bit of photography (which it is, regardless to be honest. I love it). But not sure she is the right model. Wonderful as she is, and your photography is, I get what you were trying to achieve with this image, but only from your explanation, not from looking straight from the image. It definitely has that 50/60's feel about it, definitely, but she could be ANY movie star from that era in this image, I feel.

As an image alone Roger, its utterly gorgeous....not entirely sure about the hand position, but get the idea of her feeling "vunerable" and wrapping herself around to feel safe and all that. Completely get it. But its a tiny, minor point in terms of the photo as a stand alone image. For the Bardot thing? I think she has worked better in other images for that idea that you have done. I would still love to have taken this though......just beautiful.....

Hope that was constructive? Wink

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17 Oct 2010 7:48PM
Thanks JB, that's more than helpful and the hand position has been mentioned before. This all goes to show the benefit of having a team. Rarely does the tog 'see' everything that's necessary and we tend to go with the feel rather than the detail. Art directors are good at that.
johnnyboy114 Plus
9 231 106 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2010 9:26PM
Can completely see the benefit of someone else being there as well as someone else "editing" your shots....I have grown emotionally attached to so many images, yet its always the other shots that peope pick that get either more recognition or praise.....the tog doesn't always know best! lol! Smile

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