The year was 1913.
I absolutely love these images. From composition through framing and of course the patina, they are simply lovely.
“Mervyn O’Gorman was 42 when he took these pictures of his daughter, Christina O’Gorman at Lulworth Cove, in the English county of Dorset. He photographed Christina wearing a red swimming costume and red cloak, a colour particularly suited to the early color Autochrome process. “
“I chose to make a series of portraits of a single person. I chose this project because I am very interested in everything that constitutes a person as it is important to me to capture who a person is not just a pretty picture. I photographed parts of the subject, which progressively make up the most of the entire individual but never completely. We made many images and it was difficult to limit the choices and parts to create a whole person. Is it just parts of the body, personal interests or a combination of both? I changed my choices a hundred times as she also loves reading, writing and hot chocolate. Choosing an editing style was also difficult because finding a style that suited all the images was a challenge. I feel like I captured a part of her being – attractive, edgy, confident, private, and capable… We shot outdoors at different times over a couple day to maximize the effects of the sun. I brought strobes and flashes but only ended up using the sun and reflectors.”
Project 52 Member shares recent work.
“Concept: a girl who carries her dreams in a suitcase. These dreams aren’t plans, or in any way constructive – they are merely a distraction from the beautiful, fleeting moments that life places in front of her. Yet they are so dominant over her, so heavy, that they spill out of the suitcase and intertwine with the real world… and still she carries them around.”
We spent a couple of weeks studying the work of Gregory Heisler. He is a remarkably talented photographer with a very disciplined approach to image making. The goal was to learn from his approach and find the inspiration to make images from what you garnered from the exploration. The idea is never to copy, only to be influenced by. I love to quote Clark Terry, jazz trumpet legend; “Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate.”
In jazz and photography.
Thanks to all of the photographers who participated.