Editing: # Pearl Earing



There was not much to edit in Camera Raw for this image but it was quite tricky to get the picture in the phone.


The technique:

After having measured the distance of the phone to the face myself I knew the scope of how close up the photo should be.

I then took a screen shot me taking an image from my LapTop screen/

This was good as it has all the touch screen buttopns on it.

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With a lens blur filter I tried to adjust the blurriness of the “out-of-focus” area to the phone image.

It turned out quite challenging to smoothen the lines between phone and image and I am not 100% happy with it.


Editing: We Can Do It, Too!




After editing the images in Camera Raw (chaining clarity etc.) I first did basic editing on the skin. I removed under eye circles, little spots, make the lipstick edges sharper and evened out the skin tone here and there.

The next step was to cut out the image from the black background which was easily done using the Quick Selection Tool.

Important here was to pay attention to the individual polkadots that tend to missed in the selection. I had to go back a couple of times because I always missed a little detail.

For the time being I saved my Selected Rosie the Reverter onto a transparent Image Layer.

Meanwhile I created a gradient background based on the colours of the original image with help of the Eyedropper tool.

Separately I cut out the speech bubble from the original poster and placed it on the yellow background.

The reason I did not do the speech bubble myself is that my research showed that it is quite tricky to get the right font as well as a speachbubble like this.

To finsh the image Icopy and pasted Rosie the Reverter onto the background.


The rest was filing work. For example selecting a particular area with an adjustment mask to change something about it like the saturation of the scarf.

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I also added a layer mask onto the Rosie the Reverter layer and softened the edges between her and the background. However I quite liked having a bit of a line as I thought it looks more like the poster aesthetically speaking.

Editing: John and Judy



The process for this image was quite complicated and I ended up sticking a lot of different parts together .

For example I enhanced the ribs with a layer mask of an image that had those more prominent.

The most challenging thing was the light. Because the body of John was relatively uneven I had to light and colour adjust them separately using an adjustment mask.

What was important to get a high contrast (as much as possible), and a Pink tone overall yet saturated blue jeans.

Through a new layer I then modified the border when I was done with the image.

Editing: The Park Street Kiss



After making adjustments to the Saturation, Brightness and Contrast in Camera Raw, I Cropped the image into a square format in Photoshop.

My next step was to select the “crowd” roughly and make them slightly less contrasted and more grey using an Adjustment mask.

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Producing: The Guitar Guy

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Coming home after a day of 3 photo shoots (Sunday, 11th of May) I saw this guy with a big beard and blue torn jacket with several bottles stuffed up his sleeves and I just had to ask him if he would be interested in taking couple of pictures with me.

I had to drop of some things at home first because I was still waking around with all the bags from the Venus photo shoot so I told him to meet me in front of the Watershed in half an hour.

I was not entirely sure if he would be there because he did not seem to have any sort of device that would tell him the time and he was also drunk out of his mind.

On my way to the Watershed I see him sitting on a bench that, how I find out later, is where he always is and where I could find him if need be.

After 30 min of very very slow walking and drunken mumbles I cannot even guess we made the way from the floating harbour bench to the Watershed.

We got quite a few odd looks walking down the harbour side as well…

When finally he took his position as the Guitarist he stared playing the guitar (kind of) and humming some song.

He stayed in exactly the same position for the entire photo shoot first playing a bit with the guitar, then just humming and very shortly he fell asleep!!

That was a very unique experience for me and probably for him too.

I was a bit scared that if I got him money he would buy more booze so I gave him food and sweets in the same value instead.

He was very happy about that, stuffed it all in his jacket and told me that I could find him on that bench if I need to do it again….


Producing: The life of Venus (Day 3)

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This time I had an extra LED light and a Reflector with me. The images is still relatively dark because it was not very sunny outside at that point but most importantly it was lit more evenly.

In addition to that I had three times the amount of towels with me (6 extra large luxury towels) to make the shell appear bigger.

It still looks quite small because of the angle but it was impossible to get more because I was struggling a lot carrying one IKEA bag full of towels and other requisites, a set of LED lights, the Reflector, Tripod and Camera.

Having said that I really enjoyed this photo session a lot and am very pleased with the results.

Producing: We Cn Do it, Too! (Day 3)

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After speaking to Katy I took the advise to worry less about the yellow background and do all that in post- production.

This made everything a whole lot easier because I was not limited to the little piece of fabric I mounted to the wall as yellow background.

At the beginning of all this I thought that this pose is one of the easiest because it is so iconic.

It turned out that it was one of the hardest though.

Firstly because my model has not the same shape as the woman in the original and secondly because the illustration of the original is slightly unnaturally proportioned this pose was very challenging.

After 6 hours of hard work in the studio I felt like it is impossible to make it look exactly like the original but playing around with the background on phtotshop makes a massive change and I am very happy about this image now.

Producing John & Judy (Day 2)

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This photo was one of the hardest to restage out of all the images. And it was probably the one I had to do the most. Before I did it twice in the photo studio I had several rehearsals outside the studio facilities.

It was very challenging to get the right angle, light and especially the position.

The first challenge was building a scenery in the studio that looks similar to a sofa and a beige carpet.

With stacks of blankets and the tables in the studio  I set out to do that.

After reviewing the images from my last “John&Judy” photo session I felt like both aesthetically and and context wise it would improve the picture of the doll would wear trousers.

In the original of John Tenon and Joko Ono I personally feel like what makes the image so special is the contrast of her being dressed and him naked.

In my picture this also adds subtlety in ways that you do not immediately notice that “she” is a sex doll.

Producing: The Black and White kiss (Day 1)

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Not exactly Times Square but close as I can get to it in Bristol: Park Street on the Park and Slide day.

Sunny weather and lots of crowds makes this venue the perfect event for the Black and White kiss.

There is something about this pose that looks very unnatural almost like I am forcing myself on my boyfriend…..

I find that very interesting because It does strike me as a weird unnatural pose but if you would swop the position of the man and the woman it would be totally normal (except for the dress of course).

Partially this being a gender untypical pose and it is also increasingly difficult because of the height difference which is why I tried to do this pose with high heels.

I also Tried to do it with different heath sidewalks and steps but that did not work at all. See the pictures on Flickr.

As I am planning to do this photo again on the 11th of May when the Bristol 10k Run takes places there is one thing I would try to change and that is my position.

I believe that it would look a lot more natural if my legs were closer together and I would stand slightly behind my boyfriend instead of oposite him.

Which is also how the man stands in the Times Square kiss originally.


Producing: We Can Do It, Too! (Day 2)

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I was very confident that this subject would be perfect for this image as I know her personality. She is lous confident and strong. However I felt like she was not very into it during the shoot and she even told me that she feels like she is not really cut out to do this, also because of lacking body confidence.

Nevertheless this shoot taught me a lot of things to be considered for the next session:

– It was not lit the right way

– The skin tone undershirt looks better than the blue one

– The subject has to face me and not show me her prfile

– If the subject actually beliefs in femminism and girl power it will come across

Producing: ♯ Pearl Earring (Day 2)

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Even thought I was already very happy with the images from Day 1 of this production I scheduled to do this again for two reasons:

1. I found a blouse that had exactly the same tone as the blouse on the original (not so clear in the pictures unfortunatly)

2. I had to try the composition with the iPhone being next to her not in front of her face.


All in all this was a very quick and straight forward photo session followed by one of my other images “We Can Di It, Too!” which did not quite run as smoothly.

Producing: The life of Venus (Day 2)

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Unfortunately I had technical issues during this shoot which affected the overall quality of the images.

Also, coming in the morning instead of afternoon like I did for the Rehearsal, turned out to be not as good light wise.

Having a limited source of internal light made the scenery a lot more grey and cold than I hoped for.

I used the opportunity to experiment with different angles.

Venus being a goddess I thought it might look good angling the camera from slightly below.

However, I have problems with the wooden sealing and want to reduce the amount of post production as much as possible.

Therefore I decided that I will have to do this session again not only for the sake of the photo quality but also in terms of light equipment and composition.

Producing: The Venus (rehearsal)

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Because I did not know the location before I got there I thought it would be wise to have something like a rehearsal session to see how well it is working for the photo.

Being in the facility before they open also means that I am very limited in how much time I spent before there are people in the pool.

The pool opening at 7.00 am the latest (just Sundays) already meant being there at 6.00 am, so having a rehersal to try out different things seemed very helpful and it was.

I tried different combinations for the outfit and with her hair.

The model has long dark hair naturally but we also experimented with a grey wig.

Producing: John & Judy (Day 1)

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Although I like the results from this photo session I still think they can be perfected.

Because the doll is wearing swig that is too big for her head it kept sliding down, it would be a lot nicer if you could actually see her face a little more.

Also I think it might be interesting and more like the original if the doll would wear jeans. Because what makes the original image of John Lenon and Joko Ono so special aesthetically as well as contextually is that she is dressed whereas he is not.

.By applying this to the picture it might be more aesthetically similar to the original

Perspective wise this is as much as I can push it towards the angle of the picture. In order to do this shoot I stood on a high ladder with my back flat to the seiling having limited control of what I am seeing.


Planning “the Venus”

My Subject: Theresa

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As a guideline for the colour palette I would use for requites I chose colours that exist within the original painting.

By doing this I hoped to underline the reference to the original subconciously.


The grey hair is to exaggerate that it is not a hong Venus.


I chose to use a yellow bathing suit in reference to the Venus’s blonde hair that covers up her body. It is also relatively skin neutral and does not contrast the skin tone of the subject too much.


The towel will be on the floor behind the Venus, replacing the role of the shell hence the shell colour tone.


Optional accessoires like a turquoise sarong or a shell belt might be added experimentally. (All within the colour rangne of the painting)



2.  Portrait-inportrait: The idealised media image. A portrait of people. The part of the person is framed by a picture frame. Inside the frame we see how these people present themselves. Outside the frame is what they like to exclude from their ‘Image of perfection’

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Tv Head

1. TV Nation: Showing the mediation of of the Television image. This means having a picture of a Tv screen but instead of being restricted to the image within the frame of the TV the image continues outside of the Tv screen into its surroundings (Could be similarly done with a picture of a phone or LapTop)


An additional idea for a reflection on the media image would be Andy Warhol’s approach to display consumer culture. In terms of media it is not soup can’s but the numerous replication of images….


Eva Rubinstein

Eva Rubinstein’s approach offers a simplistic aesthetic to the picture-inpicture methodology.

The images resemble classic paintings just that their context is formed out of compositions of objects and reflections.

Rubinstein recreates the feeling of an old victorian setting with her image composition.

This is a way of picture-in-picture that does not use two basic images to start with.


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Duane Micheals



Duane Michaels provides the surrealist approach to picture-inpicture portraiture.


His photography appears to draw on more abstract elements of a portrait. The reflections in the mirror could be read to portrait the psychological or spiritual depiction of the self rather than the human itself.


Bruce London Davidson

Framing is everything. Choosing the right frame focusses the attention of the viewer on the most important and dominate element of the image.

It emphasis the pictures meaning and  contextulises it.


Serge Mareno – Self Portraiture

Picture-in-picture images are a interesting approach to self portraiture.

It allows the photographer to include more information about themselves than an ordinary portrait.



In this case the “positive” and the” negative” side of a subject.



It can also be easily framed within a context that adds to atmospheric elements.



Martin Parr – a national portrait


The main inspiration for culture portraiture came from Martin Parr’s photo series on British culture.

His images cleverly outline atmospheric, social and economical mentalities.

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Lili Nahapetian


Contextualisation is key of image communication. All components of the image work together to tell a story, create an atmosphere  or situation.

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Gerd George – Storytelling

Storytelling Photography.

Both images by Ger George play with photographic elements to tell a short story, a number of events.

Every detail in the image is therefore important as it contributes to the overall context of the image and its story.


The story will vary with each observer, which makes it so interesting for the individual to look at.

Whilst the Photographer provides the basics of the story, the consumer takes over and colours the story out with personal detail. Trying to figure out what happened in the picture we create a story in our head that has lead to what is depicted in the image.

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PRODUCTION DAY 6 (subculture)


This photo session went very smoothly as there were no issues to delay the speed of the production this time. After having some bad experiences in the studio with missing or broken equipment, when I went to the studio this time I found the studio in a surprisingly nice state.

Someone had come in the day before and changed the background rolls (that were completely ruined) and organised all equipment. I was also relieved to discover that the working lights had been returned.

Therefore this session was rather short and I enjoyed not having to worry about any issues this time. Instead I could focus on the details of a perfect light, something that I could not do previously because I was always running to of time (and in some cases light).

I do believe that the images are particularly successful because I had a lot more time to get everything right.

Like for my other shoots I planned everything in advance and had to arrange certain things like accessories and make-up. Luckily the subject herself could provde a lot of the items we needed for this portrait work.

The contrast between the two images is fairly strong as the difference is merely based on extreme looks of the Gothic scene.

Looking back I know also realised that the poses from ‘normal’  to ‘Gothic’ also changed. There is a particular ‘look’ that you associate with Gothic which is mysterious, dark, thoughtful and slightly melancholy. This somehow is also part of their visual appearnce.

This may or may not be the reason why a lot of people have the understanding that ‘Gothic’s’ are sad people. Talking to my subject I could not believe that people would actually be surprised to find out that Gothic are just normal people. According to my subject a lot of people have preconception that Gothic’s have dark thoughts and are sad and often they are confused with Satanists.


From my own experience of my high school years being associated with the’Gothic crowd’ can make you catch a lot of suspicious looks and you would not think how conservative a lot of people feel about extreme subcultures when they are still young.

Seeing the transformation from a mainstreamer into a Gothic was not just interesting in terms of sterotypes but also in they way they subject changed. Once she was her “gothic-self” she was a lot more open to explore different poses and ‘play a character’. She came across a lot more confident as Gothic even though she does not always dress as extreme.

PRODUCTION DAY 4/5 (identity, appearance and fashion)


The shooting for identity, appearance and fashion was the only shooting I did twice.

The first time I set out to do the shooting having gathered several outfits based on things I already had.

In addition I went out to a charity shop to look for particularly  ‘unfashionable’ accessories like a sports cap or a safari hat.

Althought the images were good I was not happy wih how clear the contrast between the ‘trendy’ and the ‘unfashionable’ was.

Therefore I decided to do it all over but this time going shopping and looking for more extreme representations of both themes.

It was unbelievably difficult to find ‘unstylish’ clothes, although you see them a lot on the street, when you actually go out to the mainstream stores looking for them it seems hardly possible.

After I had done some research (fashion magazines for men and look books) I was more clear to what I should look for.

My shopping criteria for the “IN” outfit:

– symbols like must aches are currently very popular

– chunky glasses 9even without glasses)

– jeans jackets with fleece or knittings

– knitwear with and without prints

– High-colar shirts (buttoned up all the way)

– beanie hats ind all colours and prints

My criteria for the “OUT” outfit (I was going for a Hillbilly style look):

– all sorts of sporty stuff combined with normal casual wear

– baseball caps (open/cloded) worn in different ways

With thee full bags of clothes and accessories I completed the second shooting a lot more successful.

other notes


– Subject Interview ideas & Questions

– Predicated Issues

– Post-Production

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