I’ve been following the blog by Leanne Cole who has a section on artists who have influenced. Today she listed Olive Cotton and put up some of Olive’s images. I liked one and thought – how hard can that be.
Well, this is a first crack and it is a challenge. My version used foam board background – too shiny, a single light bulb – too close ( think).
Olive’s version has strong shadows and a bright white background. I think her light was brighter and further away, maybe using barn doors to help make the shadows. The board was matte and textured to reduce reflections. I suspect there were no lenses in the glasses as well. In addition, she used film – no digital previews and difficult manipulations in the darkroom, so the setup had to be near perfect.
Anyway, it’s late & I’ll take up that challenge again later. Interesting how an easy shoot takes more thought and experimentation that it seems.
To see Leanne’s take on Olive:
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