Wednesday, January 30, 2008

One Night by the Hotel Pool

One of the features of the image library that was a late-but-very-welcome addition was one which allowed viewers to leave comments on pictures uploaded. One particular user, apart from being an excellent collage artist, was also skilled at spotting errors and giving out constructive criticism, for which I am eternally grateful. I'm talking, of course, about Shrinking Violet, who I believe kept a blog at the site but which has now disappeared, much to our loss. Many of my new revisions to old collages stem from comments she left me.

One of her things was eye contact in the images, and really, she's right, because unless there is a definite reason for someone in the picture to be looking at the camera (such as for a portrait), wouldn't the women rather be leering wolfishly at the hot men (and conversely, wouldn't the men rather be gazing admiringly at the hot women).

Eye contact was something which was really lacking in my earlier collages. This new version of an old collage is the start of my attempt to remedy that. In the original picture, the model was staring straight at the camera. She was also wearing those horrible bug-eyed sunglasses that, for what seemed like an interminable period, conspired to make otherwise attractive Hollywood starlets look like The Fly. Aren't we glad that fad is on the way out....

Suffice it to say, I like this version much better, because it also gives the somewhat intimidated look of the boy in the pool that tiny bit more ooomph.


  1. Hi trinket, and thank you for your kind words! Yes, eye contact is definitely one of my things, and happily one of plenty of excellent collagers' things. There are wonderful works of yours that include eye contact, and this remake is terrific! It adds so much to the story, it suspends disbelief that much more, and builds up a scenario in the mind to have that electricity between the collaged man and woman that happen to be looking at each other. I like this version much better too!

    Aside from the eye contact my favorite detail is her shoe, which almost steps on his little hand, and combines with that look of near fear ever so nicely.

  2. Hi Shrinki... I mean Undersquid. Thanks! I'm glad you like this version better too. I still can't really figure out what is going on in the picture, really. In the original source, she is not stepping on his fingers. Is she only intimidating him playfully? Or is there something more sinister?

  3. Hmm... I say both. Yeah, both are good. :)