Posts Tagged ‘desire’

Photo Observation #2 – Shadows

  1. Found on
  2. Theme: Shadows
  3. While the picture itself is very simple and self-explanatory, I was drawn to it by the shadow presented. The sun, while not visible in the photo, is shining down from behind the bird and displaying a shadow of spreading wings, as if ready to take flight. However, the bird is in a relaxed and stationary position. Perhaps this could reflect the natural desire for a living creature to “spread their wings and “soar,” as a means of reaching true potential. Creatures such as birds are already capable of flight, but maybe those usually stuck on the ground, could be inspired by this photo to feel as though they are flying and nothing can bring them down.


“Bottled, but not contained.”


Photo for the fragrance, “Uninhibited” by Cher. Found via google image search, direct link here. As the website it came from has since shut down, all I have is the direct link.


Advertisement model/Desire.

A soft, but bright angled side light illuminates part of your face, swathing the other half in soft, seductive shadows. A higher, angled sidelight highlights just how much skin is on display, focusing on your collarbones and shoulders. You sit on a cement staircase, demurely curling over your body – whether to preserve your modesty or allude to yet unseen uncovered skin is unknown – therein lies the allure.


Photo Observation #10: Dance Inc. Ad


I got this photo from Jaclyn Marie Photography’s blog. (

The theme is Advertisement Model/Desire.

The lighting is mysterious and makes the picture interesting . The figure is lit to emphasis her fabulous arched back position that is elegant like a bird. The light encourages the viewer to appreciate the dancer’s form with its bright and intense limited use of light. The light calls attention to this dancer like they are the star in the night sky. The lighting only shows certain body parts of the dancer; it is selective in its focus. This select focus makes the star image even greater. “Don’t you want to be a star” the lighting and photo call out to the spectator. Thus, the desire in this advertisement is establish through its lighting of a model.

Dance Inc Mock Up


Photo Observation: Advertisement Model/ Desire

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Theme: Advertisement Model/Desire

Description: This is an advertisement for Dior Forever foundation. This photo works for the theme of advertisement model/desire because the woman in the photo is “modeling a foundation” showing potential customers that if they buy this foundation they have the possibility to look like her. The lighting in this advertisement evokes the feeling of desire because the woman’s skin is bright and glowing, which is something most people want to achieve. There are no harsh shadows or anything weird only perfect glowing skin.

Photo Observation 10


Theme: advertisement model/desire

Description:  This photo uses mainly side light and top light.  She seems to have white light coming from what would be stage left that illuminates the entire left side of her body while casting the other half in shadow, making her seem mysterious and beautiful as her features are clearly defined.  Some top light is clearly used as the top of her head is lit and as well as the top of both of her thighs.  The blue/gray background with and explosion of light from behind her makes her seem powerful and alluring.

VLL stage

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Theme: Advertisement/Desire

Description: I chose this advertisement because Urban Decay is one of the most hyped makeup companies, and for good reason. Not only is this product awesome (I own it …), but the simple idea behind the advertisement is kind of genius.

The first thing that caught my eye was that the model’s face was lit up with a harsh, white light. Bright or fluorescent lighting isn’t known for being flattering to the face. It exposes every flaw and imperfection. But if you’ll notice, the name of the palette is “Naked,” which is synonymous with exposed. Obviously, an eyeshadow won’t give you perfect skin, but it makes the connection in the viewer’s mind that if you wear this makeup, you could possibly look as perfect as this model. It basically says, if you look this good in ugly light, you’re golden in softer, everyday light.

Everyone wants clear skin and lots of others want the kind of badass eye makeup pictured here. If the lighting weren’t so bright and dramatic, the picture wouldn’t have had such a sensational effect.


Photo Observation #8



3) Desire

4) This picture emulates desire in it’s entirety. It has dim lighting, signifying mystery and more freedom in darker space, possibly with a lover. The rose also depicts desire and even lust; the candlelight emphasizes and showcases the pure red color of the rose. The book signifies intellect and mental expansion, which are both desirous. The fact that the rose, which is placed on top of the book, is lit by candles with no one in the picture allows for the possibility of desirous activities to be occurring without being captured in the image. This is a very inviting, exciting, and mysterious photo that provokes feelings of desire.

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Photo Observation #8

1. Stage Lighting II


3. Desire.

4. It’s no secret that almost everyone’s desire is to be on the big stage. The bright, white lights that surround the enthusiastic singer from ten different angles around him. These lights make him the center of attention. Four blue spotlights hang from the very top of stage, beaming down on the stage, giving it a serene and “cool” feel. All the lights on stage illuminate the action on stage and light up the darkness that surrounds the wild audience. The lighting on the singers and the stage indicates that it is their time to shine.

5. Capture

Photo Obs.




3) Desire

4) This image displays desire on many different levels. On the surface, it describes what every human desires. The couple, clearly involved in a very intimate moment, appear flawless in the light shining on them. The sun in the background also demonstrates desire, as a beacon between them, perhaps giving the idea of what is to come in the future. The warm orange light gives the whole image a very comfortable feel, highlighting each of the models’ features.

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