We traveled to Manchester to see the 100 years of vogue magazine exhibition at the Manchester at gallery. The exhibition was outstanding, a symbol of pure inspiration when wanting to be a photographer, all of the images were beautiful but some that caught my eye:
Detolle corset for mainbocher – by Hurst.
Helena Bonham Carter in glass elevator – by Tim Walker
Deavuille Rendezous – by Mario Testtino
Neo – Geisha – by Poalo Roversi
Cate Blanchett – by Patrick Demarchelier
Trans – Siberian Express – by Norberr Schoerner
Private Dancer – by Javier Vallhornat
Boris Johnson at the Olympic park – by Henry Bourne
Somewhere girl – by Glen Luchford
Alexander McQueen – by Tim walker
Dame Vivienne Westwood – by Tim Walker
Winona Ryder at home in Los Angeles – by Herb Ritts
The Quality of lithe – by Patrick Demarchelier, May 1983
The new rave – by Albert Watson
(Note; A black and white theme image with a drop of colour which draws the eye of the viewer)
New Hattiness – Paolo Roversi
John Gallino – by Peter Lindergh
Salman Rushdie at home in London – by Snowdon, Dec 1982
Matt Dillon in Hollywood – by Bruce Webber, June 1983
Heath Ledger – by Carter Smith, August 1999
Rain – by Helmart Newton
Portrait of Charlie Chaplin – by Edward Stiechan
Where’s there’s a will, there’s a waist – by Horst
In the manner of Van Dongen – by Norman Parkinson
The second age of beauty is glamour – by Cecil Beaton
(Side note; the strong contrast between vibrant colours is always the first thing that catches my eye when looking at the prints.)
We have been told to write about our favourite photograph from the show, I found it extremely difficult to choose one photograph as my upmost favourite, so I have chosen an image to write about that I find fascinating.
The colour photograph named The second age of beauty is glamour by Cecil Beaton. The first thing that strikes me about this picture is the strong use of the colour red, almost the whole photograph is red, apart from the skin and hair of the model. To me it is if it could be a black and white image but in place of black and white it is black and red. The tonal range of the red give the appearance of depth.
The pose of the model with the use of the colour red gives a powerful feel to the image, the model looks dominant and empowering. The photograph was made in 1946 when colour images were not as popular as today, this and the pose of the model must have been quite a statement image for the time.
At the exhibition the photograph was a modern C-type print from its original colour transparency. It was mounted in a red frame on a red wall, giving it an Herculean appearance compared to the black and white pictures that surrounded it.
I often find I can stare at some photographs for long periods of time almost mesmerised by them, and this is one that I found each time I walked past in the gallery I needed to stop and stare into, each time finding different meaning and more of an understanding of the image that sat in the frame.