Wednesday, 2 May 2007

CONFESSION & LESSON. Amitabh Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan

Son of well known poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan and Teji Bachchan..
The trademark deep baritone voice, the tall, brooding persona, and intense eyes, made Amitabh Bachchan the ideal "Angry Young Man" in the 1970s, thereby changing the face of Hindi cinema.
He left films in 1985 to become a Member of Parliament from Allahabad constituency as a Congress party candidate, as a favor to his family friend Rajiv Gandhi - the new Prime Minister of India.
He’s been awarded all over the world with prestigious titles and medals like the Legion d’Honneur.
He presided over the last ‘Bollywood Oscars’ in Dubai, this year’s held in Yorkshire, yes he’s back in town!

The first Asian actor having a wax model of his likeness displayed at Madame Tussaud's in London.
Was named Actor of the Millennium in a BBC News Poll ahead of such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Marlon Brando. Here he’s often called the Asian Sean Connery. (For more go to Amitabh Bachchan Wikipedia)

We photographed the great man, the big B as he is called… He allowed us to take portraits of him.
It is indeed the height (1, 91) and elegance, the voice and the penetrating look that leaves a lasting impression of this extremely kind and distinguished gentleman.
I saw a few hairs slightly over his eye and brow, walked up to him, gently put it back in place, we smiled at each other…

The set-up was two soft boxes and a back light with honeycomb.
I only wanted some rim or edge light, but he moved his head, hence the highlight on his cheek, no matter...l loved the pose and intensity, took it... it is my personal favourite. You know how for me... IT IS OFTEN ABOUT THE EMOTION MUCH MORE THAN THE TECHNICAL PROWESS!

I was scanning those 6x6 negs (Hasselblad), it is done one by one, strips of three, by the second strip, I realised I had put the first in the holder the wrong way round.
Its not easy to see and I was in a hurry. (A big no no!)
Rescanned it correctly, but came to the conclusion that I actually preferred the wrong one.
No one spotted it, although it was quite clear in the lighting and the whole setting.

Since the beginnings of photographic portraiture there's an old trick that has been in use.
Early portrait photographers found they had more success selling mirror images (horizontally flipped over) pictures of their subjects than the normal straight view provided by the camera. The reason is that people are more used to seeing themselves in a mirror than as other people see them. Nowadays we're far more used to seeing pictures of ourselves but to a certain extent the preference probably still exists. (Maybe we should do a scientific study).
That could account for one of the reasons why most people run, screaming; " I hate being photographed..." Sounds familiar?

There is a difference in the portraits, because of the neg emulsion, I guess I could have corrected it?

The bottom one is is the correct (photographic) way.
The top one is how he sees himself in the mirror.

Fun and interesting?

Have a great day and thanx, M, (*_*)

Ps: please let me know what you think?

1 comment:

maleentjeh said...

Hi Magda, great article and confession. It always amazes me how people change when one 'flips' them.


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