Joel Peter Witkin, Myself as Dead Clown
I chose this picture because I am a fan of Joel Peter Wilkin, and because of the composition and subject matter of this picture. The over exaggerated smile on the corpse and the head dress are both good effects and would even lead the viewer to question whether this was a live person. Until you see the protruding ribcage and the rest of the emaciated body. The treatment on the negative, which Joel is known for, was also very good. The way the negative was treated so that the sheet and the head dress were similar provided good uniformity in the composition. The treatment to the upper right corner of the negative appears on the print as a light source, another great effect that plays well with the actual overhead lighting. The only part of the composition that I don’t understand is the way the picture was cropped. It is not uniform with the top two corners being rounded and the bottom left corner being strait.
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