Here’s a puzzler, at least for me. Last week, when we did our hard light experiments, the models wanted to see the captures. Normally, I don’t like to share raw images, but frankly, I’ll do anything to spend more time with these friends. So I uploaded the images, let Aperture process the RAW files for a few minutes, and then scrolled through them with the models gathered around the computer screens.
And here’s the puzzler: these two images, that I would have skipped over without a thought, elicited oohs and aahs from the group. Perhaps I would have ignored these pictures because I’ve been thinking about how to light eyes and there are no eyes visible. Perhaps I just have a different aesthetic sensibility (like, none!). While working on these, I grew to appreciate the one with the lips and guitar. But the disembodied nose still turns me off.
But the big lesson here might be this: I need to take a step back and review images without the filter of my project or intentions. Shooting them is just one challenge. Learning how to look at them is another.
Edit on 08/06/2010: noseless version: