Image 1: Using the diptych format, I placed two photographs side by side. On the left there is a color photograph of Cody’s profile. A desk lamp was held behind his head in an attempt to cast a shadow of his profile onto the red backdrop I hung. The photograph was taken in the manual setting with a low shutter speed to avoid using flash and capture warmth in the photograph. The photograph on the left was edited into black and white. The photograph was taken of Cody through standing on a chair to give a different perspective to the photograph. Leaning a bit forward, Cody was lit by a desk lamp held behind my head to create dramatic lighting on his face. The image was taken in the manual setting of my camera with the use of strong flash.
Image 2: Using the diptych format, I placed two photographs side by side of Cody’s lower face piercings. On the left there is a color image of Cody’s lip piercings. This was done by using the manual setting of my camera with a desk lamp held underneath Cody’s chin to provide enough light. The second image was taken in practically the same manner and was just edited into black and white.
Image 3: Using the diptych format, I placed to photographs side by side of Cody’s nose and lip piercings. The first was taken from a lower angle using the manual setting on my camera and lighting from above Cody’s head. The second was taken from a head on angle with lighting facing directly towards Cody’s face as to give the piercings shimmer.
Image 4: Using the diptych format, I placed to images side by side of Cody’s face. Capturing his ear, eyebrow piercing, nose, lip, and chin piercing I placed the desk lamp underneath Cody’s face for the first, slowed the shutter speed on my camera, and took the image in the manual setting. The second image was taken using the manual setting of my camera with the use of flash, and the lamp was place on the lower right hand side of Cody’s face as to illuminate his face from a different angle.
Image 5: Capturing Cody’s tongue the first image was taken in the automatic setting and Cody’s face was lit from above his head. The second image was taken using the manual setting and Cody’s face was lit from above his head once again.
Image 6: Both images were taken from a head on angle. Using the manual setting for both images, I lit Cody’s face from the lower right hand side again and zoomed in on his lower face for the first and captured most of his face for the second.
Image 7: Both images were taken in the macro setting on my camera. Cody’s nipple was lit from the lower right hand side once again and I focused only on Cody’s nipple to make it stand out and look larger than life.
Image 8: Both images were taken using the manual setting on my camera from a slightly lower perspective. Cody’s face was illuminated from behind his head once again.
Image 9: Using the macro setting on my camera I focused only on Cody’s ear for both photographs. The first was taken from a slightly lower angle and the second was taken from a head on perspective.
Image 10: Both of there photographs were meant to show the silly side of Cody. Illustrating that despite his piercings he is a fun, nice, non-intimidating guy. Both images were taken in the manual setting and Cody’s face was illuminated from the upper right hand side.
This is a 10-image photo essay that encompasses the theme of piercings on one particular individual. My subject was Cody Steele, a fellow sophomore at American University, Cody has always been a unique individual and it came to me one evening that he would be the perfect subject for a photo essay.
With over 11 piercings, Cody agreed to let me photograph him for this project. My main objective in this photo essay was the illustrate the theme of piercings while still making the simple images and concept appealing to the audience’s eye. I chose to use the diptych format, as it is one of my favorite formats in photography, because as I have discovered, the diptych format never looses the audiences attention, it is never boring, but rather always unique, interesting, and intriguing.
With the diptych format, I chose to make one of the images in color, to exaggerate the red background I hung, and the other image to be in a dramatic black and white to catch the audience’s eye. I attempted to use various settings on my camera, ranging from macro, to automatic, to manual, to sport, to really play with the audiences interpretation of piercings and exaggerate the images to the fullest. I attempted to play with perspective as I knew that would be one of the main appeals to the audience.
I played with the lighting to give a little bit of an original edge to each photograph, as the lighting in every photograph is very different. This was done to make the images interesting and not mundane whatsoever.
After taking the photographs I used photoshop to edit the images and place them in the diptych format, which was difficult, but eventually figured out.
As a whole I am very satisfied with my final photo essay. I believe that it encompasses the theme of piercings as well as attention grabbing and interesting. Hopefully the audience will feel the same way.