This is part 4 in an 8 part series about my discoveries, inspiration and creations with Don Giannatti’s 8 Week Portrait Class.
This week's master photographer is renowned fashion photographer, Peter Lindbergh. His international career began in the late 1970’s when began photographing for the Italian, English, French, German and American versions of the Marie Claire and Vogue magazines. Lindbergh has been described as being the first photographer whose photos were more than just fashion photos, they told a story. This was possibly inspired by his passion for cinema and film making. The following essay can be found on his website, and is on one of my favourite subjects, creativity:
Lindbergh is particularly well known for his black and white photography. He takes a simple approach to his work often using natural light, natural posing and simple backgrounds. Soft light, low contrast images are the result. This was my inspiration in creating the images for this week.
The first two images I created with a simple black tent made from a black curtain at the back and black foam core sides. His use of flags and shadows inspired the last two images, where I carefully positioned the reflections in the glass across the subject’s face. Natural ambient front lighting that reflected from the light coloured sandy ground was used for all images creating a beautiful soft light. Thanks again to Millie for modelling, we have great fun every session!