"In photography, like in all things, there are people who can see and others who cannot even look." - Nadar
|Sarah Bernhardt by Félix Nadar, 1865|
|Félix Nadar: Sarah Bernhardt, 1860|
I'm inspired by these photographs and how the photographer has used simple techniques to capture the photographs. The lighting mainly comes from where the sitter is looking at, this could signify that she is drawn to the light, this is one of the techniques I'm going to do. I will ask the sitter in my photographs to look in the direction of the light and dress them with a blanket, hiding anything that will pose as a fashion statement.
|Félix Nadar Retrato De Mme Victor Tournachon|
This is another photograph I was drawn to of Nadar's, firstly because of the monochrome effect, but also how the photographer has yet again focussed on the face and hands. The sitter in the photograph isn't looking into the lens, but is looking away, also away from the light. Again, Nadar has used a large blanket to hide what the sitter is wearing drawing attention to the sitters face. I like that in this photograph that a prop has been used, what seems to be flowers that the sitter is holding and kissing.
|Cleo de Merode by Felix Nadar|
This was one of the photographs that I found were different to the rest of Nadar's photographs. The sitter is facing the camera but is looking slightly upwards and is accentuated with jewellery. I like that half of the background is black and the other half is white, this could signify the sitters personality to having a dark side and an angelic side.