Synecdoches

Spring 2011 Senior Thesis Exhibition

Student

 

Beauty and form have always been an interest and focus in my photographic work. In the past, my own personal ideas regarding the art of "beauty photography" have centralized around females. With this work I explore what happens when the methods I use to photograph women are applied to men. My objective was to create photographs that allow viewers to truly admire the allure of the male physique. I also aspired to find a way to marry the figure study with the quintessential beauty shot by focusing not just on the male face but the line and curvature of his body.

My most substantial influence comes from lighting techniques and styles used in the 1930s. I utilize dramatic harsh shadows that accentuate the model's form yet also assist as an aesthetic guide for the viewer's eyes.





Rachel Mattox
Rachel Mattox
Rachel Mattox
Rachel Mattox
Rachel Mattox
Rachel Mattox
 




Rachel Mattox





 

This project was a challenge in many ways, the biggest one being the direction of the male models. I worked through the models' self-consciousness about their bodies while dealing with my own uncertainties in photographing an unfamiliar subject. In the end, I am still exploring beauty and form, but I am charting new personal territories.

 

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