18 January 2011

JFK re-creation

With time booked in the studio I decided to recreate the lighting that Richard Avedon had used in this image of JFK and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy in January 1961.

Jackie O and JFK, 3rd January 1961

Slightly puzzled about how to ensure I got the grey background. White is easy to achieve as is a very dark background, but grey is slightly more tricky. After a little research I realised that the subject has to be a long way in front of the white background in order that it becomes grey in this manner. After finding out what lighting Avedon had used I got my models and went to try this out.

The resulting image I am very pleased with.

Sarah and Chris, 2011 

Special thanks go to Sarah and Chris for their patience.

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