Blog #54 Extreme [Extremity] Photography Part 2
In last's week's blog, I wrote about a simple idea. Namely, the process of making images using only a part of someone and why on earth that might be a desirable thing to do.
Hands were the subject of that blog post. You might want to try and make hands the subject of your image. This week, as promised, I offer the second part of this mini two-part series.
This time, I suggest that you consider using another extremity, namely, feet (or shoes), as the subject of your images.
You can tell a lot about a person by there feet and shoes. Shoes connect with the ground and provide clues to the individual's personal aesthetic. Shoes, along with other items of fashion, define occasions. While they do not define a person, per se, they certainly can make lasting [or fleeting] impressions of someone.
By viewing and inspecting the feet, shoes, and "lower portion" of a person such as their legs, you can give clues about them without providing the viewer of the image with all of the information, visually, about your subject. Subsequently, the viewer is tasked with filling in the blanks so to speak with the rest of the story. Sometimes you can get away with making your viewer work a little harder than usual to figure out what you are presenting, or better yet, trying to say through your images.
Indeed, I tend to agree with Andy Warhol's statement,
"Art is what you can get away with".
If you're tuning in for the first time, check out the Part 1 here.
Otherwise, look on and remember...
The light is always right.