#26 Paris Vogue Photo, 1966

by Allison H.


by Guy Bourdin


It looks a little bit surreal at first glance. And then I realized it was a person bending down. One of my photograph for the portraits and bodies assignment has similar pose – the mushroom shot, but this photograph is the bottom part of that pose. I found it quite amusing. The high contrast and the overexposure make the body pop out from the wild backdrop. The shadow spreads and occupies the space in different shades of gray, which is poetic in a way, and it’s not trying to hide anything, just let it be.

Lighting Design Sketch