The Test Shot that Holds its Own Ground

I’ve been admiring Armenian artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan’s paintings of women’s faces appearing through their hands that look as if they are real double exposure portraits for quite some time now; and I’ve had this strong urge to try to replicate them on film. I had one frame left of my Ilford Pan F Plus film and I decided to try to crate it today in the studio with my oldest daughter as a model. I will be sending off the film to a lab in the next few days although I have little hope that the image will turn out to be anything like what I wish for it to be like.

In order to get the exposure right for the image with my film camera, I took two test shots of her with my digital camera, and I fell in love with one of the two images. There is something in her facial expression, something almost sorrowful and “heavy,” something of a depth that reaches way beyond her young age. I don’t know what it is, but I love how it shows in this image.

(85mm, ISO 100, f/8.0, 1/160 sec + 150ws monolight with 17″ beauty dish above the camera and a silver reflector below the camera)

The Test Shot that Holds its Own Ground

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