My wife is an art historian by training, so I have spent a good amount of time in art galleries and museums and books on art and artists litter my home. Inevitably some of it rubs off on me, and as I took a break from the seemingly interminable grading, I browsed the tumblrs of some of my favorite posters only to begin wondering about the impact of chiaroscuro.
This is the use of strong contrasts in light and dark in a composition often without regard to color and its impact can be dramatic.
Why is this interesting or relevant?
When photographing my own outfits, or clothes intended for sale on eBay, I focus on accurate representation of colors and details. Contrarily, the photo sets that I am most impressed by, regardless of the intent of the poster, are usually the ones with ‘artistic’ interest, and often for me, that means chiaroscuro.
Two examples who spring to mind (and I will now have to search for evidence) are Malford of London and Pingson. This is not to say that they do not care about color representation, or even that they care about the artistic dimension of their photos, although I imagine MoL does, as a salesman. It may be purposeful, it may be accidental (and owing to unconscious artistic sensibilities), or it may be happenstance of available lighting and equipment. Regardless, I will strive, as much as I can given my limited skills and time, to approximate their compositionality.
"Carl is extremely unprofessional…he forced me into accepting shirts that didn’t fit [to] my liking." — A Style Forum Dude
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Update To Story:…
I wish Vox still posted to SF, but at least we have tumblr.