By Monika Kopeć
When I went to photography school a few years ago, one of the assignments was called “Formal Portrait.” Everyone went about their way, very conservative, setting up typical, formal portraits with low ratio lighting, neutral backgrounds etc. Even a somewhat stronger Rembrandt lighting was considered a bit daring. With other words, formal was being equated with conservative.
I have never been a conservative individual, and I wasn’t about to change course simply because of the title of the assignment. I began to think of what I could do to take a formal portrait and yet have it displayed in a non-conventional manner.
The result was a photograph taken by entirely conventional means, on film. No digital photography or Photoshop was involved.
Whenever people see the picture, their first thought is digital and Photoshop, and even then I am always asked how the shot was taken. I guess it is somewhat hard to imagine and I am curious what readers of this blog think how it was done.
Please let me know your thought in the comments or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.