‘Hommage to Arcimboldo’ by Susan Bein

By on December 9, 2015

Susan-Bein-portfolio-portraitName: Susan Bein
Hometown: Los Angeles (long, long ago)
Resides: Portland, Oregon
Profession: Photographer, Graphic Designer, Teacher
Hobbies: Crosswords and Sudoku
Hipstographer since: 2010
Year of Birth: 1952

Favorite Combo:  Tinto 1884  +  D-Type Plate 
Favorite Lens:  Florence (50%) 
Favorite Film:  Love 81 (83%) 
Favorite Flash: None

"Technical: I used Florence/Robusta and the Multi-Exposure Kit in Hipstamatic. I got the idea from seeing Polina Sarri's very inspiring post on Hipstography, and further refined the technique. I took silhouettes of friends and strangers, printed them onto paper, and carried several silhouettes with me when I went out to photograph each day. I would first photograph the silhouette, then photograph something else to fill the silhouette. It took several tries to line things up, to get the effect I wanted, and sometimes I got it right away, or got something surprising that I liked even better than my original idea.

The Photographs: I've tried to create new whimsical, mythological creatures, with a nod to Arcimboldo and an eye to modern times. I've filled their heads with the things I found around me, at home in Portland, Oregon, and on a recent trip to Paris. Each image has a bit of a puzzle in it; the mind has to do a little dance to see what is filling the head as a thing apart, and then to see it as an integrated composite, a new beast, with its own characteristics. "
Susan Bein



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