I am not able to write a professional critique, as i'm not a photographer and not yet a model. But i'm a human being, and the only things i listen to when watching a shot, is my heart: if this heart is freaking out, beats and beats, and my eyes are wide open and my mouth is dry, then, i like the shot. And this shot is simply amazing. Great bw, great skin texture, so close and so real, and the white of the eyes... I simply love it, as most of her series. This model is awsome, if i would have the patience to learn how to be a photographer, i'd choose her, no doubt.
One of a splendid monochromatic portrait series, this piece has wonderful intensity. The contrast of deep shadows draws out the intensity of the subjects eyes, which are the focal point. Shallow depth of field enhances focus on the subject, and correctly uses the background shadows in a supporting role. Skin texture defines the subject wonderfully, as freckles, makeup and sweat give a reality to the face looking back at us. Imperfection is a mark of individuality and beauty...where fashion photographers may seek to minimize any blemish or any imperfection, the art photographer may use the skin as a statement of individuality and emotion to great effect. Design layout is spot on, the subject is confrontive in orientation, but anxious and defensive in expression... design dominates the frame of this powerfully expressive work, contrast is supportive, as is the focal length...to a fault. I wonder if the artist could've made a stronger statement if the second eye had been in clearer focus? Were this a studio photograph, with a photographer AND a model, I would say this was a fault. An active photographer has control of depth of field through the viewfinder, and can capture the split-second glimpse... but as an individual artist, working with a camera and creative vision, and less immediate feedback, I would hesitate to be critical. The strength of the artist's work is in knowing what she is looking for and her talent for expression and spontaneity, that make it happen on both sides of the camera at the same time. The photograph has a freshness and vitality that put it in a category by itself. The starkness and directness of this photograph, and the series, represent the artists most significant works to date, in a career that still very young. I look forward to many more wonderful works.
Wow, I clicked on a different photo from this series and thought it was a drawing, then clicked this and realized it wasn't. Stunning!!! I really love looking at people's eyes and this definitely captures the "haunted" feeling.