Category Archives: Independent Study 2011

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Final Project, Studio Headshots

Shannon, 2011

Rachel, 2011

What is ‘beauty’? Why do we, as a society, feel the need to fix things that aren’t broken? In creating these images, I was thinking back to my Self, Dark, 2011 self portrait in which I chose not to edit out things like my pores and dry skin because I felt as though they not only added texture and areas of visual interest to the picture, but also because they were a part of the real factor. By creating these flawless images of women in photoshop, we are setting the bar at an unattainable level to match that beauty in real life. Photographers enlarge eyes and lips, remove any and every pore, wrinkle, and zit, sculpt the nose, light the hair, make limbs and torsos longer and skinnier, you name it-they do it. So why do we do it?

These two pairs of images are what I consider to be a ‘beauty’ shot and a more editorial or artistic shot. The beauty shots on the left have been combed over, tweaking things like imperfections of the skin and hair, getting rid of dark circles under the eyes, as well as whitening and general enhancement of the eyes. Some fashion and beauty photographers enlarge the eyes and mouths of the model, but I didn’t want to make my editing so obvious, but perhaps that is something I can play around with in the future. The shots on the right are almost free from editing. The lighting is more dramatic, more evident in the portrait of Rachel than Shannon-Rachel’s face is in half shadow, but Shannon does have more volume to the face and there is a shadow from her bangs at the top.

My point comes across. These are two beautiful women to begin with, airbrushing out undesirable details does not make them more attractive, but almost less interesting. I think we are at a point in advertising where perfect photographs of women are easily forgotten, and that we can now go back to what is real. Things like scars, wrinkles, freckles, tattoos, piercings, etc. are what make people interesting.


Broke Tree, 2011

Many Trunks, 2011

Falling Trees, 2011

Swamp, 2011

Rock Horizon, 2011

Rock Point, 2011

Tree Bottoms, 2011

Water, 2011

Split Tree, 2011

Sunset, 2011

Windows and Doors

Bathroom, 2011

Door, 2011

Cabin, 2011

Red Door, 2011

Stairs Up, 2011

Three Doors, 2011

Three Stairs, 2011

Door Framed, 2011

Basement Door, 2011


Self at Table, 2011


Self in Profile, 2011

Mom, 2011

Life After




Bunker, 2011

Diagonal Tree, 2011

Leaning Rock, 2011

Reeds, 2011

Rocks, 2011

Driftwood, 2011

Purple Beach, 2011

Red Beach, 2011

View from Bridge, 2011

Long Shadows, 2011


These are the (more) finalized versions that I plan to print.