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Peer Review: Danielle Noble

Danielle Noble’s Blog.

I think that the final images do show the suspended against the background as mentioned but the photoshop could do with some work as some of the skin is missing.


I believe that there is some good research within the blog and have used various sources to get your information from like using youtube videos of other unrelated topics to inspire your photography practice.

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CW1 Fashion Shoot: Shoot #3

With this shoot I attempted to use flash heads in the background to make it looks as though they were flash bulbs and so got the model to look and act as though she was a high profile person. However in the end I did not like the images with the flash heads in the background but did like the shots I received with the glare coming in the corner.

The last two images of the the gallery are influenced by Melissa Rodwell with the light being on one side casting a shadow across most of the face to give form, interest and shape to the model and image.

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CW1 Fasion Shoot: Shoot #2

With this shoot I was again involved with the second year fashion students with the 1940’s clothing. With this shoot however they were undecided to use this corner for their shoot, but i managed to convince them and to me it worked better than the other shoot.

Their idea for this wasto have the model on a plinth and have people in white looking at her as though she was an exhibit. I was not to keen on this so i asked if i could shoot the model on her own int he corner for a bit. the pose of the model brings back the femininity to the image as in the 40’s they were mostly covered to be practical and not to distracting to other people.

Overall I am happy with the outcome but the image itself would be a bit sharper. I could of also blanked off the far left blinds to stop them being too bright to take out some of the distraction. The monochrome effect is to relate back to the period of time and resemble the black and white of films as colour film would have been rare with rationing and even more expensive. To make it more modern and contemporary the location is a modern gallery room with modern items like newer style blinds and ceiling pieces.

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CW1 Research: 1940′S Photographer, Cecil Beaton

Valerie Hobson and Volunteer Nurses

Cecil Beaton was a Fashion photographer during the war and his images often showed war in the background including posters and blackouts. Since his images were not from the battle scene and did not include any of the battles they felt his images did not contain the immediacy of other images and therefore he became obsessed with form and composition within the image. The above left image was taken on location in front of war-scarred background as the studio he was meant to be working in was burnt down. I can see that he was a fanatic over composition and form as the people in the frames are central placed people. With the nurses picture he wanted to show the work that people were doing at home rather than concentrate his efforts on the front line duties. He wanted to capture the un-sung heroes.

Derrick. Robin, 2004. Unseen Vogue: The Secret History of Fashion Photography. Edition. London Little, Brown Book Group


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CW1 Research: 1940’S Photographer, Norman Parkinson

Iron Road 1947

Hat Fashion 1949

Like Avedon Parkinson in the image above has been concentrated on the main focus on the item of clothing, the hats.

Barbara Goalen (Mrs Nigel Campbell); Wenda Parkinson (née Rogerson), 1949

Here i think that he chose the open space at the top and include the statue in the background of the image to mirror the pillars and the way the two are standing in the foreground.


‘Parkinson Likes to show people at their best. ‘If you have the responsibility of using your lens to record people in history, do it well.’ ‘Don’t destroy them and make them look hideous for the sole purpose of inflating your own photographic ego” Pepper, Terrence, Norman Parkinson, 1981. Photographs by Norman Parkinson: Fifty years of portraits and fashion. Edition. G. Fraser.

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CW1 Research: 1940’S Photographer, Richard Avedon

Resource: Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 The definitive Collection, Phaidon.


One thing I notice about Avedon’s images from the 40’s so far is that he has mainly used a location based ‘studio’ where he photographs the models/clothes in the situation they are intended. Also by the look of some of these images he has used natural light to illuminate the model and clothing. With Avedon he mainly focuses on the main object that they wish to show off. For example the last image above is mainly focusing on the hat so therefore he cut out the rest and got the model tilt her head down to present the hat more.


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CW1 Research: 1940′S Photographer, Horst

Fur, Pearls and Diamonds-1940

The Gibson Girls, Vogue-1948

Goya fashion Mrs Stanley G Mortimer Later Mrs William Paley Mrs Desmond Fitzgerald later Mrs Ronald Tree Modelling Matador Hats-1940

Black Corset-1948

From these images i have gathered that Horst has used a studio to compose his images in. Also from these images I can tell that he likes to get the models to interact with something or be doing something rather than just standing there doing nothing. compositionally he has not shown the full length of the clothing item.

Derrick. Robin, 2004. Unseen Vogue: The Secret History of Fashion Photography. Edition. London Little, Brown Book Group


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CW1 Research: 1940′S Photographer, Lee Miller

Fashion As Photograph, Viewing and Reviewing Images of Fashion, Edited by Eugenie Shinkle.

Lee Miller worked as a model and as a photographer in her time. This led to many of her fashion photographs being self-portraits. Through this manner she explores the ideas of active photographer and the passive model that told the stories in many of the fashion images. However from 1944 to 1945 Miller became Vogue’s War correspondent and therefore there is no evidence of her using herself as a model.

Miller often found it easier to Photograph women than men in her pictures as ‘women are used to being looked at’ (Shinkle quoting Miller, as quoted by Blanshard, 1932)

Lee Miller June 1940 Medium Price Fashion, London

Model preparing for a millinery salon paris 1944


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CW1 Fashion Shoot: Shoot #1

For this first shoot I worked with the Fashion students from Coventry University. Luckily they were using 1940’s clothing. There idea for this shoot was to have her in a modern cafe before going to a ball.

Out of the above selection I think I prefer the sepia and black and white images. These images best represent the period and i do not like the colours within the other images. Furthermore I would of chosen a different location with the streets shots as I do not like the lamposts and traffic within the background, plus the sun was too bright and almost blew out the details on the models face.

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CW1 Fashion Task: Meetings

Meeting 1

Attendance: Dorrell, Danielle, Steph, Nicola and Myself

Since this was our first meeting it was more a briefing of the project at hand. What we need to do, what we should learn and find out our potentials during the task. Therefore we were told that we will be working with a Fashion Student from the university that needed images for a portfolio.

As a group we did a mind map about the items/challenges we will need to include or overcome to be prepared for the ‘shoot’ ahead. This mind map included branches such as, Location, Equipment, Clothing, Styling, Make up, Travel. From these main branches we then plotted the things we felt could go wrong or what we needed to think a bout in order to have a set ‘game plan’ and be prepared for the worse.

Once the mapping was done, we then set about setting tasks for each other and ourselves to be completed by the next meeting.

One idea that did keep cropping up was the idea of doing a street or suburb

Within the next meeting we would be meeting up with the fashion student herself to discuss factors like styling, her thoughts and ideas on our ideas and what the clothing is like.

Meeting 2

Attendance: All + Amber

In this session we looked at any ideas that the Fashion student Amber had come up with and that would work with the items of clothing. Amber also showed us pictures of the clothing since they were not available to bring in at this stage.

As Photography students we then pitched our ideas to Amber which involved the industrial idea and street scenes.

Next on the agender for this meeting was to talk about where we can get accessories from to suit any of the clothing. Furthermore we showed our images of the Locations that we had found and talked about the pros and cons of these places.

Start thinking bout dates and gear

Meeting 3

Attendance: Steph, me, dan, Amber

For this meeting we were shown the clothing that Amber had brought with her that we needed to shoot our model in.

After Amber had gone, Steph, Danielle and I walked around the areas in which I found. On the way to one of the locations we saw a roof space on top of the university building. We thought this would a great place to shoot with industrial views across the City. Our next step was to email ‘Estates’ who are the caretakers of the University. This however became to no avail as we did not receive a reply from them and so this location was scrapped.

Meeting 4

Attendance: All but Amber, Dorrell.

In this meeting we just went over any last issues people had with the shoot and discuss what equipment and other props we will need. Once we had discussed these issues we then split the bookings into the items we needed and booked them out for the correct times.

After this we then decided on tasks that we had to do. Danielle had to email the model about shoes and other accessories. Steph was going to contact the City College about using students to do the make-up and hair for our model. My task before the shoot was to decided and book out the lighting equipment that we might need on the day of the shoot. Also I was to book out the room in which we will be shooting.

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