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Creative- Christmas Spirit

Christmas season is all about appreciating those around you, and having fun with people you love. For this project I decided to forgo fine art- and just focus on either recent or past memories that make me smile. All of these pictures have their own special meaning to me, and in my eyes have more meaning than any fine art photograph may have. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year, and I am happy to capture those beautiful moments this year with people I care about.


Technical- Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon was born and raised in New York. He began photography at the young age of twelve, and co-edited the school magazine Magpie. He joined the Marines in 1942 as a Photographer's Mate Second Class. At 22 he began working as a freelance photographer, and quickly became lead photographer for Harper's Bazaar. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century".

The picture we used was from a fashion shoot Richard Avedon photographed. Positioning of the "models" was the most difficult part of this entire process. Lighting was also a big factor, and getting the background darker than the subjects in the foreground was almost impossible using the white screen in the digital photography studio. The models also had a difficult time with flexibility, so using the liquify tool in photoshop I helped bend the backs, tilt the heads back and replicate the original photograph.


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