Los Angeles sunset, July 2014.
Jan Van Goyen
Art nouveau in Brussels by architect Ernest Delune. (Located at Rue du Lac 6)
Surface level view of the water off the coast of Manihi by Aaron Huey
Blue Starfish by Georgette Douwma
Pakistan - 040 Multan Shah Rukn-e-Alam 3 by Arnim Schulz on Flickr
Some Thoughts About Photography. Volume 41.
Be selective in your choices. Bert Stern’s “The Last Sitting”.
I already wrote a little bit about portrait photography (in Volume 1) and showed a picture out of this book. It was a fashion photograph I liked.
I’m a bit ambivalent in my thoughts about the whole publication, because, as you can see, not every picture was good. Marilyn Monroe marked all the contact sheets she didn’t like, and it was much she didn’t want to be shown.
The pictures were made in a three day session in a hotel room in 1962, six weeks before Marilyn’s death. And it’s no wonder that everything was published, the pictures became historic in a way.
Bert Stern did roundabout 2.500 pictures during these three days. Basically we can say it was fashion for Vogue (I think these pictures are excellent, although many people say they are unimportant compared to the others), lots of portraits (some I like) and nudity (I like almost nothing).
If you like to see more, just give in some keywords, there’s a selection on flickr and lots in the internet anyway.
I like the fashion stuff. M.M. was used to be photographed. For the portraits and specially for the nude pictures she needed alcohol and you can see it.
But anyway, I personally think a photographer can learn a lot from these pictures. Just look at the contact sheets above. Bert tried to get into the theme and started to shoot. The first pictures are crappy, the background is ugly and I think he knew that. Later it went better. I would say, picture 18 is good, 12 maybe too. The rest, okay, let’s forget about it.
So, what I want to say, in case you want to do something of this kind of photography. Take your time, search for somebody who can handle the situation. Delete the crappy pics or throw them away. You will have only a few you like. Don’t show her the others.
Cheers, until next week,