These photographs were made for make-up artist, she created a film look inspired by Queen Elizabeth I. The queen was a a powerful figure in the history, so to develop the narrative I aimed to capture strong, confident and reserved gaze. At some point it corresponds what I’m doing for my personal project about migrants – it takes a lot of determination and inner force to change your life and I’m going to produce portraits that depict depict it.
For this photography I also decided to turn rear lights towards the model and to highlight the wig and to make the model “glow” to emphasize queen’s glory.
Makeup artist: Makala Fairley
As I wanted to depict the power of queen through the power of gaze of the model, I payed special attention to model’s eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows while editing the image.
2 Highlights in the eyes:
3 Detail correction including blemishes and eyes colour (green cast in the eyes):
Then I also removed tiny vessels from eyeballs.
4 Surface Blur layer to add smoothness and High Pass layer (hard light) to bring details back:
5 Previous two layers applied as a mask on required areas only, opacity decreased to 83%
6 Burn to darken eyebrows, lashes and outer circle of pupil of the eye to make the eyes more expressive to emphasize the gaze:
7 Curves to increase contrast: