Mask- Ellen Von Unwerth

As previously mentioned, I intend to make masks a broad concept for my portfolio, so I’m going to post a few masks here now.

This shot, by Ellen Von Unwerth appeals because it exudes a timelessness that I’d generally associate with silver screen stars, yet, the presence of the mask brings a subversiveness to the image.

The extremely shallow DoF works well here- the back of the model’s face is out of focus leaving just the eyes, mouth and some lacework crisp- it lends further mystery to the picture, which in part is counteracted by what we can see; we can tell her eyes are hooded slightly and her lips are parted, suggesting lust and sensuality.

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