Well, I am not much of a critic, nor do I hold much knowledge of model photography, but since this piece just makes me re-see it, and linger, I'm writing this critique.
I shall start off with the framing. I think with the choice of location, and lighting angle, this is almost perfect. With the main subject in the foreground, the blur on it adds a lot of impact, for her reflection instantly draws your eyes. Although the tapering frames of the mirror look a little off, but then that is inevitable.
The positioning of the model is just perfect. Her hair drawn to the other side of the light gives a beautiful split effect of light and dark. And overall, the lighting is just right for a washed-out, dark, wash-room shot. Her expression too goes well with the idea conveyed, and the almost too faint writing on the top right corner. It's hard not to catch her gaze, and it seems that her eyes convey "You're so clever now" not to herself, but to the one seeing the photograph. I think it is almost magical.
As for the processing, it is just right. The faded out look adds to the whole feel of the image, and helps hide the otherwise distracting shapes in the background. The slight bluish tint conveys a much alluded to colder atmosphere, and even makes the skin look less rosy(?).
Overall, a very intense photograph which you can keep looking at, where the intensity only draws you, not overpowers. Since the person/reflection twin subjects have been used quite a lot, I did not rate this high on originality, but I re-affirm, the execution is impeccable, which matters most.
All in all, a wonderful photograph. Would love to see more of your work soon!
This picture leaves an interesting feeling that makes me want to learn more about the model's thoughts and the photographer's motivations. Ok, it's a portrait in a (dirty) mirror of a girl who looks a bit lost, maybe a bit sad too: we have seen shots like that dozens of time. The good mood of the picture is given by the overall white-grayis tone that is a good choice, bettre than a strong contrasted picture that would have been too hard for what is wanted to be demonstrated here. The composition is quite well balanced on the left side, and the model's look captivate ours, and her body in the mirror stands above her shoulder on the foreground. I simply regret the right most part of the picture that I think is too bright and can make the eye loose itself there. I guess cutting everything at the right of her head might restore a good balance without losing any interesting details that stand on the left side. Or else, maybe darken the wall on the right. The lighting is pretty good here as her body has nice and smooth tones with highlights which give a lot of volume, while the background (above the tube) stays flat with no reflection. The right part of her face is well dip into darkness which gives a very mysterious/shy feeling too. Two details that tickle me: the highlight on the tip of the nose could be removed as it's a spot that I focus on; the shadow of her hair lock hides a bit too much the eye, a few millimeters back might avoid this.
Yes and no, I never liked that the highlights in your hair were dark, and that the left half of your face just fell into darkness, it bothered the eye to me. Also the critic above made me really notice the hot-spot on your nose, and once I spotted it, I could only see that.
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I really love this, the way the title works with the picture is seamless. I also love her expression through this, the way the mirror relflects it back at her and how her gaze is set off, staring at the camera itself. Just really well done with this.
My favorite thing about this has got to be the color of the lips and the relationship they have with the paler hue of her skin. Just pretty stunning here. Good Job.
Thanks! It was a rather difficult shot to light correctly. This bathroom was very very small and I had to position my flash outside the doorway; which was fine except that it would very strongly illuminate the door frame and make the lighting look very artificial. At the time I was set on taking the shot over her right shoulder which caught the illuminated door frame. Right before we wrapped up this location, I decided to snap a few over her left shoulder and viola! the shot I wanted. The way she's looking at the camera makes this shot feel like the viewer has walked in on an intimate moment of self reflection, but not necessarily the positive type. With you mentioning her lip, I think I'm going to try some burning and dodging.