My next series of image were designed to continue the theme of directing the gaze of the viewer. My subject applied make up without any mirrors. The only intervention as the photographer was to ask her to slightly exaggerate her application by extending the lips and eye shadow beyond what felt natural by only using colours from the pallet i supplied. This exercise was to take the choices and control my subject would normally have when applying her own make up, which is a second face to the true person beneath it.
I did not want my subject to look like a clown, but the genuine deterioration of the make up, keeping in mind, my subject did not apply her make up with a mirror, she over exaggerated her application, so being unaware of where her make up is, the bright lights made her eyes water slightly so rubbing her eyes, scratching her face and moving her fringe and the use of the netting over her face which directly distorted the make up. Her face turned into something which resembled a mask, a fescade.
This subject aside, I designed this series to practice using symbolic methods of sensuality and sexuality. Make up is normally used to enhance the attitude and confidence to a woman. So what would happen if I took this element and mixed it with instruction. How would this A; make my subject feel and B; how would my viewer feel if I turned something which is beautiful and used it to create a strong representation of a woman who is modelling, but does not look typically beautiful.
I decided to use netting material and see how this visually impacts on the image. The strong colours beneath the material could be seen as something quite surreal maybe an interpretation of what women really feel like beneath this front and mask of a persona she has created untrue to her real-self.
As part of the development of this project, exploring the direction of the viewers gaze, I wanted to re visiting a series of photographs I wanted to re work them.
I rarely edit my photographs before they are posted onto my on line sketch book, so using black and white I was intrigued to see how I could possibly enhance the images. Either making them more powerful, or understand that the original holds a substance true to life, which doesnot need re editing.
Because the nature of my project, and the subjects being women. I am concentrating on directing the gaze of both women and men over the subject within my images.
Within this series, the images are visually very strong, but as the photographer, I felt that using the natural light, and shadows cast upon the subject added a warmth which is lost through the grey and black tones. There is a sensuality which is held within the coloured shots.
I present some shots taken under the theme of feminism and directing the gaze. I want to practice ways of directing the gaze of the viewer, around my images. How can I control the depths of what the viewer sees? Through out my practice I aim to produce a range of images, influenced by feminism within art and photography and using a variation of themes, subjects and positioning and locations, which I will practice in a bid to divert or invert the gaze. How closely will one person look into an image? Can I take control of the emotions of the viewer? Can I make them feel uncomfortable or uneasy, happy or intrigued? I hope to find out.