Assignment 34 - A Period Piece
This week's assignment was to shoot a period piece from the 1920's, 1940's, 1950's or 1960's. I had lots of ideas but not much time for execution due to Easter weekend, coupled with the fact that we were leaving the following weekend for vacation in Hong Kong. I kicked around some ideas with my cousin Courtney: a 1920's gangster scene using a Model A Ford, a Rosie the Riveter portrait, hippies, etc.
I reached out to a family friend, Julia, who has modeled for me in the past. She's a dancer, so she has a lot of costumes from her performances. We talked about what she had and decided on a 50's theme. My dad reached out to a friend who has a bunch of restored old cars and we caught up with him the Saturday before Easter. All the cars were great, but we decided to go with a Black and Pink Ford Victoria from the 50's. It was a beautiful car, complete with fuzzy dice. He pulled it out of his workshop for us to use as a prop.
The sun was bright, not a cloud in the sky, which sounds lovely, unless you are photographer. The sun creates unwanted shadows, causes the model to squint, and in general, wreaks havoc. I used a flash to try to diminish some of the shadows, but it only did so much. Julia was a good sport, and looked terrific in her poodle skirt, old letterman's jacket she borrowed from her mom, and class ring on a chain around her neck. We took a bunch of photos, both in and out of the car. I processed them all in Photoshop to make them look a little more "vintage." Here are the resulting images:
Next week's assignment is to illustrate a posthumous article on an author from the 1940's and 1950's. It must feature "an elegant writing tool." I tried to find an old typewriter to no avail, so I'm planning to use a fountain pen.