From the Eyes of the Other Sex
For Women and Media my final project will be a photography composition. I will do a casting for five women and five men. After they have been chosen I will photograph them all in three positions. First, I will ask for a natural pose. Second, I will ask for a feminine pose and then finally a masculine pose. I am interested to see what stereotypes of women and men people will choose to create with their bodies. This will show what body language they associate with each gender. I am also considering interviewing them after I have finished photographing the subjects and then show them their photos. I will ask them why they chose each pose and what they think it will convey. And finally I will ask them to pose in an androgynous manner.
I do photography for Cult. Magazine at Hunter and have worked as an assistant and intern for several photographers, because photography is something I will potentially do with my future I’d like to include it in my school work and final project. If the photos are a collection to be proud of I would like to show it off and attempt to see where I could exhibit the work. I would like these photos to be a very straight forward and classic portrait style like more modern Walker Evans, maybe something similar to the portrait Annie Leibovitz did for the anniversary of Vogue of the editors over the years. It was a beautiful portrait. I will also research body language stereotypes and pull photos to analyze and compare and contrast with my own photos.
One of my inspirations comes from the portrait of Vogue editors that can be seen from this website http://www.teenvogue.com/entertainment/movies/2012-12/in-vogue-the-editors-eye-documentary/?intro . It was startling to see how powerful these women appeared. Many of their poses could potentially be categorized as masculine.
To me, in my industry, these are the most influential women in the world. They choose the trends that will stay around for years. Many of them have never married and are the idols that young women strive to be like. The embody feminine success. They also encourage heels and the more painful trends we see in the fashion world. The new and crazy is their normal, to not be pushing boundaries would be wrong. They choose a life of fashion and work rather than children and housework. Jade Hobson, Babs Simpson, Phyllis Posnick, Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele (Bottom Middle), Polly Mellen, Grace Coddington, Camilla Nickerson and Tonne Goodman are some of the most powerful women in the world, in one of the biggest brands of fashion in the world but their names are largely unknown. Anna Wintour is known but the editors who support her are not. I'm still working on my sources and feeling out my topics of resource so please leave all the comments you can.