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July 28th 

Re Photograph

Sarah

Here are our re photographic images. Charlotte and I decided to collaborate and do our postcards, since they are so similar. However, they’re different. Because we’re different. 

My photo entitled “Young women sitting at a cafe terrace, circa 1925” depicts two women enjoying what seems to be coffee or tea, outside a typical Parisian cafe. Seeing this image, I wanted to re create it because it reminded me of the current moment I was in, Charlotte and I walking around Paris. 

We decided on certain aesthetics to show our personalities. I am very old fashioned and traditional when it comes to my work. I have a certain formula that I cannot seem to break. So I wanted mine to be in black and white like the original photo and pose with minimal differences. Charlotte is very out of the box and not afraid to uncover new areas. That is why hers is in color and follows a more modern approach. 

We both helped each other do this, and It was a really rewarding experience. 

Charlotte

Unlike the perfection that makes Sarah’s image, I decided to recreate my photograph using irony. The image titled ‘Women redoing their make-up in a public garden 1930’ looks extremely Parisian and almost romantic. One of the first things that I noticed about the image was the circular hat boxes. I got to thinking about how lovely it must have been to have your purchase so beautifully protected. I then thought about how worry free they seemed, how up to date their garments were, how easy and beautiful their lives seemed. It gave me a romanticized idea of what Paris used to be like. I then decided to create my own updated version of the post card titled, ‘Women checking their iphones in a public garden with free wifi 2014.’ In my photograph you will see that the beautiful hat boxes have been replaced with H&M plastic bags and the mirrors and lipstick have been replaced with iphones and Starbucks coffee. I also wanted to include the sunglasses to keep things current. The garden that I chose to shoot this in was actually a wifi destination of Paris, which I didn’t realize until afterwards, but it really ties everything together.

Rephotograph

Bonjour!

While we were in Paris, one of our assignments was to rephotograph a famous image shot in Paris. I chose to do this one by Erwin Blumenfeld because I thought it was gorgeous. It was the definition of my premonition of Paris, beautiful, glamorous, and free. Paris is like that, but in the beginning of the trip I was so overwhelmed by tourists that I couldn’t see that at first.

I chose to recreate the opposite of this image because the second and third days were the opposite of what I expected. I was overwhelmed by tourists, stress, exhaustion and heat. It didn’t seem as free as I thought it would be.

Of course, after I made this image, my view changed. I was able to find the beauty in it, the quiet moments that make Paris what it is. 

Au revoir!