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  • Writer's pictureOlga Volodina

Practical Photography Magazine 2018

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

"Geometry" is a photo from The Flower Power series I made in 2014 together with my daughter, she was 5 y.o. back then. Since my daughter was present in the studio during the photo shooting I wanted to combine work, fun and a bit of education. For her, it was a good opportunity to learn something about simple geometric shapes, composition and color theory. We also used a lot of painted backgrounds, DIY decoration elements, and flowers. I try to get my kid involved in the creative process as often as possible and as a result, now she has become really interested in art, taken some online courses and her drawing skills are really impressive.

The Flower Power theme choice was not random, in August 2014 there was the 45th anniversary of The Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock) It was one of the greatest music festivals in the world which attracted an audience of over 400,000. That's why in this project we wanted to recreate that free colorful spirit of 60's and 70's of the last century. It was a great time in the history of art, design, fashion, and photography. Op Art and Pop Art appeared around the same period and many artists utilized geometry, optical illusions and bright psychedelic colors in their works.

In this particular photo, I tried to make a model girl, with a geometric makeup on her face, a part of the colorful geometric composition on the background. Playing with Pop Art aesthetic I used bright colors with high contrast, that made the model look static, and lifeless, more of a doll than a real woman. As you probably know, Pop Art was tightly connected with the Art of Advertisement, all those works of Andy Warhol with Coca-Cola and Campbell's Soup Cans are typical examples of it. That's why  I intentionally wanted to achieve that "mannequin in the shop" look.

As for the technical side of the shot, It's quite simple: the photo was made in my home studio, for this one I used just one light 1000 Ws with 120x80 softbox Camera: Canon EOS 5D-2, f/10, 1/125s, iso 100, 24-105@55mm


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