I came so far for beauty
Left so much behind
My patience and my family
My masterpiece unsigned
I thought I'd be rewarded
For such a lonely choice
And surely she would answer
To such a very hopeless voice
Came So Far For Beauty, Leonard Cohen
OK, not sure the song lyrics match exactly, but I am a huge fan of Leonard Cohen, so they will have to stick.
This is a part of an essay that I am writing and shooting, which I hope will make it into print later this year.
The business of beauty is massive here in Taiwan. There is a wide range in how it is applied though: it might be in a very modern and luxurious setting, as we see here (ShinKong Mitsukoshi Department store), or it might be quite a bit more organic in nature. However, everyone wants to make themselves look better. Better in this case means one of the cosmetic salespeople (SK-II in this case) applying their goods to a willing customer.
As this series goes forward, I hope to be able to touch on universal views of beauty, as well as differences in how the west views beauty as compared to Asia. Consider this chapter one.
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wolf38 (31286) 2007-08-03 6:44
Hello Darren. The beautiful motive has many emotional warms. When making up are the women under itself. Here you were however as a man spectator with your camera. I will keep the face of the smiling woman in memory. The photo is wonderful. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Clairedelune (4923) 2007-08-03 10:01
If I had to choose an object to compare your photo with, I would think immediately at a feather. There is something really soft, really silky, really light in your photo that I truly appreciate. Your photo has not all the bells and whistles that are sometimes, in my modest opinion, just too much: overly saturated picture, strong contrast, and so on. I'm not saying that saturation and contrast should always be smooth and light. It all depends on what we want to achieve. But sometimes, it is way too coarse for my own taste. So here, it is that very soft quality that I like.
Still on the subject of colors, for me, it is a bit too much on the yellow side. I would have prefer to see her teeth and her blouse a little more white.
Of the subject of this photo... what a great smile! She is the real beauty here. And that is a very interesting topic (the business of beauty) to cover.
maciekda (19895) 2007-08-03 11:35
beautiful stuff Darren, the quality is just great, so smooth, colors are so pleasant, the composition is good. a really nice one, looking forward to seeing more.
ah, flickr is waiting for you.
BrianGraney (1740) 2007-08-03 14:42
I love this one.
Tight framing and perfect depth of field to highlight the beautiful smile.
The light is lovely here as well.
faubry (35447) 2007-08-03 17:34
bonsoir Darren, really one beauty shot, skin soft,great quality, great work
Furachan (0) 2007-08-04 4:08
Lovely, delicate shot Darren that draws out all the mgic from the 31mm Limited. Strikingly beautiful textures with sme vey interesting flirting with overexposure for effect.
One of your best, all time.
vts_ch (2624) 2007-08-05 13:50
pfff, what a bokey, what kens did you use, do you have a tsf? I mean, the bokey seems impossible to archive with a normal lens, I am amased.
Goes to my favs right now
tcht (7565) 2007-08-06 0:54
Amazing lighting and I like the softness of this. the two subjects are very well framed and you captured it @ perfect moment with the big smile from the saleswoman, beautiful pic.
kajspice (4542) 2007-08-07 9:24
Of course, this is nice to look at because she has a beautiful face to be looking at. I think the composition is quite nice, with second lady sitting along the right side of the frame. Its tight, but I think it works well.
What does bother me, is the amount of white in there. I think the pale grey on the second lady makes it that little bit too much for me. Of course, the white is fresh and clean - something about what they are doing goes well with the colours.
What I wouldn't have minded, is if we could see a little more of the second womans face, as she does not look quite as groomed as the first one. Kind of before and after...
j4uvikram (57) 2007-08-25 23:24
The most striking feature about this photo to me is the salespersons smile.
How haapily or enthusiastically she is applying the cosmetic.
Great shot sir....
Luko (14000) 2007-08-28 2:59
Beautifully made, the creamy smooth Pentax rendition suits perfectly the topic of the photo. Love the high key choice too.
the arm move is absolutely spot on, tucked right into the space left between the two faces with no overlap.
One of your best since a long time.
btw, congrats for your future family status ... however children are not really an unknown side of life for you : I suppose it will be like bringing your work at home 7/24, right? :D
aralda (1240) 2007-09-23 4:06
The tones of white in this one are wonderful. Great job!
The smile of the lady is engaging. Great moment.
Dpbours (222) 2007-10-13 9:16
By this time I'm back in the Netherlands, but beauty also rules in Indonesia. I didn;t really mind. It did not take me long to get used to foot reflex massages, pedicure, manicure and Javanese full body massages. Oh, I will miss those! ;-)
I like the little detail of the earring in this shot. Very well controlled light and pleasantly composed. I'll keep on learning! :-)
Have a great weekend,
- Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) (6823)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D, Pentax FA 31mm f/1.8 Ltd
- Exposure: f/2.2, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 6:29
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