They each have their own feel. The pose & backlighting is more... cinematic?... in the top one, but the head angle (straight into the lens) sells the "half face" effect much better in the bottom one. In the first one you're defiant, in the second you seem cowed and ashamed; In the first one you're on a stage, but in the second you're in a nightmare.
goddamit. I spend time looking between the two photos to try and articulate my thoughts so that I could express them clearly and then someone else has gotten inside my head and already written it!
I think the nightmare works best for me - although I may have different feelings if it slips into my sleeps tonight.
Everyone who's expressed a preference has gone for the second one, and that includes the bloke. All of you have very different aesthetics so I think I'm going to go with the consensus view and swap the titles on them.
Using your marvelous analysis, I conclude that the second image fits the brief I had in mind better than the first. Thank you for your help!
I thought you might like this one.
Wow. Just brilliant :)
The outtake is much more disturbing. It has much more of a sense of immediacy, or intimacy. WHereas the first one is crying out for a horror film title to adorn its poster image.
Although if it were Mazikeen it would have to be her reflection in a mirror. I guess poor Delirium has trouble with left and right without some prompting from Barnabas ;)
Edited at 2010-10-12 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, let's hold Delirium responsible and not the right-handedness of the model, which made it easier to apply the makeup on the right side of her face.
nice and haunting. i like how the lighting brings out the veins and tendons in your hand in the second photo just enough to add an almost subliminally unnerving feel. actually, i do like the lighting in both shots.
Thank you. It's funny, I tried the lighting with a couple of angles using the new umbrella rig, but my favourite shots were the ones where I was holding a desk lamp just below waist level. :P
Both are very nice, but the outtake, is my fav between the two. The emotion of looking straight to the camera is just great.
Now that I've had time away from looking at them and with all the wonderful feedback I've received, including yours of course, I can see that it fits the brief much better. Thank you!
Crud I don't think my 1st attempt to comment this went through. Forgive if it shows up AND this.
I humbly attempted to offer that I like something from each photo. I like the pose and the attitude from the first pic, but I like the way the light strikes your face in the second. So if you could keep your face up like pic 1 and still have the light on the right side hit the same spots, that would be awesomest.
I like the job you did w/ the makeup and I can see how much thought went into the details you put in.
Don't worry, it only went through once!
Ah, thank you - you're absolutely right that the lighting is key in the second one. Perhaps I'll do a redux of this image later in the project and try to get it just so. :)
Have you read Mike Carey's Lucifer?
I think I read the first volume ages ago, but I don't have my own copy. I can't remember it very well - should I get myself a copy? How many volumes were there?
I remember it being very good. I had some issues with the third act but it was a good read. 11 Volumes in all, I think? Maybe 12. I'd recommend giving it a try if you're looking for something to read.
Anyway, for obvious reasons your picture reminded me of it. I enjoy seeing your artistic side.
Folks have largely hit on the points I might have made (lighting in the second *shudder*) but there's also something about your fingers being splayed in the second photo that adds an edge of creepy to an already sinister shot. Defiant!fist, vs. creeping, desperate fingers, maybe...
Yup, definitely nightmare-ish. *squirms*
Eep, my apologies for being Overly Scary. Um, Happy Halloween?!