“I have always felt a faint scepticism, a mild horror about the country. One goes for quiet and a gang of rooks is at work, murderously tearing at the furrows.”—G. W Storier (from'Shaving through the Blitz' 1943)
Hiya, was wondering if you would take a look at some photo's I have done recently. Been really influenced but Paul Newman, James Dean, Graham Hill and Dennis Compton.
Been really influenced by that portrayal on men and I'm currently doing a project based on modern representation of men in photography. Which is currently trying to recreate the late 50's early 60's look.
I’m by no means an expert but I’ll give you my penny’s worth. I think in terms of pose, expression and lighting shot 2 is by far the closest to having that period almost noirish feel. Shot 1 is not stylized enough, shot 3 is compromised by the model looking to camera (which I think gives it a more mid 60’s/ confrontational look) and shot 4 actually looks a little too bright & high contrast, even a bit 1940’s. I think you should play with the contrast and w/balance as well as blur/ soften focus in photoshop. Great area of investigation!
“The difference between the vanity of a Frenchman and an Englishman seems to be this: The one thinks everything that is right is French, the other thinks everything that is wrong is not English.”—William Hazlitt British writer (1778 - 1830)
I've been going backwards through the archives and it just makes me wish I was born in a more naive point in history.
What made you start all this?
As a vintage designer I’ve long held a fascination with Americana- in particular from the 1930’s & 40’s. I moved back to the UK a couple of years ago and just started poking around in my own backyard. Thanks for the question and for following the blog.