Best of Times - Worst of Times

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    I shot these images for a class assignment themed Best of Times - Worst of Times. After a much heated argument with one of the individuals in the group regarding the meaning of the phrase, I decided to stick to this idea. Yes, maybe this isn't what Dickens meant in his novel "A Tale of Two Cities' but it's the interpretation I chose for this piece. The teacher didn't say we needed to adhere to Dickens' meaning, nor was Dickens even mentioned in the assignment. So who's to tell me how to interpret what I see in something?

    Our model, Lady Bella, was terrific, as was our makeup and hair stylist, Rhi. So thanks to both of them for a job well done.

    Two lights were used on these shots, shifted slighting for each. Key light was a Profoto head with a beauty dish while fill was provided by a second Profoto head fired into an Elinchrom Octabank, 2 stops below the key light. The Octabank remained in the same position for both shots, directly in front of model but behind me. For the Best of Times shot, the key light was high 45d to camera right while in the Worst of Times shot this was repositioned directly in front of model, high, to created more mood.

    Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8
    Profoto Strobes
    Elinchrom Octabank

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    1. two cute dogs 74 months ago | reply

      nice work. prefer the shot on the left as the colours pop more against the BG.

    2. zheck1 74 months ago | reply

      Nice work rob, it would be better the shot on the right that she move away from the background and have at least a little amount of light on her face to give a dramatic effect. ;)

    3. The Tiger Moth [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

      What was the argument about? I think your photo suits the theme perfectly, especially considering 7 out of 10 women will live in poverty at some point in their life.

    4. Rob Piazza 73 months ago | reply

      The argument was over whether this is an acceptable interpretation of the theme. His stance was that it had to follow Dickens' meaning from 'A Tale of Two Cities,' i.e. not a before and after scenario but rather a simultaneous state. However, there was nothing in the assignment that mentioned Dickens, the story, or suggested we need to follow Dickens' interpretation. Therefore, I felt we, as artists, have creative freedom to interpret it the way we like. The argument came up the follow class again, but the teacher quick shot it down, saying that the Dickens' interpretation is simply one way of interpreting it.

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