Posted Sat Jan 8, 2005 9:52PM
My newest upload
I am really hoping this picture does well! But if not, oh well! Could a few of you comment on it or rate it for me please? THANKS!
Posted Sat Jan 8, 2005 10:04PM
I like the muted color palette. I think it looks very soft.
Posted Sun Jan 9, 2005 1:14AM
It is a beautiful photo
Posted Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:50AM
I think the bare shoulder may be troublesome, though. Don't Pakistani women typically dress in a more modest fashion?
By which I mean, her dress doesn't look typically Muslim. If a client is looking for someone typically Muslim, this might not be right for them.
Just a thought.
(Edited on 2005-01-10 09:53:23 by kickstand)
Posted Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:58AM
Hmm, very good point. ALTHOUGH... I will say, I used to date one of the sons of a sultan from the UAE... and in Abu Dabi (which is prominently muslim) they are more modern, and women who dress in garb only do so for religious choice, not because they are forced to. Arabic TV has a lot of modern dressed women who are muslim.
Oh well, I uploaded that because a guy requested a picture he might use for a dental website, that one was hanging around, so I stylized it and it's up.
Posted Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:38PM
Thanks everyone for all your comments! I got a ton on one of my pictures and Im blown away! So many people think it's 5/5 but only 2 downloads. Maybe I should promote it in my folio?
Posted Tue Jan 11, 2005 4:20AM
I like the photo, but I might be hesitant to use it in a book, especially if it were not on tip top quality paper with excellent printing, due to the lack of contrast and lots of whiteness in the face. Especially, if I cut out the face to use on white paper, then the lack of colour in the face may make it difficult to use? So perhaps a little big more skin colour might improve usability?
There may be cultural considerations effecting the desirability of white skin. Here in Japan it is generally more highly desired.
Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005 10:08AM
I will say, I used to date one of the sons of a sultan from the UAE... and in Abu Dabi (which is prominently muslim) they are more modern, and women who dress in garb only do so for religious choice,
Of course you are right. But I'm not talking about reality. I'm talking about selling a concept. If an art director is looking for a Muslim woman, s/he wants an easily conveyed concept, a stereotype, even.
It's a fine image and you deserve praise for it. But if you want to get downloads along with the praise, dress her up in something that a dumb American would recognize as Islamic.
Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005 3:58PM
... But if you want to get downloads along with the praise, dress her up in something that a dumb American would recognize as Islamic.
Or don't market it only as a photo of an Islamic woman. I think it's enough to say it's simply a nice pic of a woman.
Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005 4:13PM
When I looked at it, I didn't think it was an Islamic woman.
Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005 6:16PM
Have to agree with you there, Caspixel. I've met several Pakistani people and the vast majority are dark skinned and tend to be much darker around the eyes.
I think what is trying to make this picture appear to be of that ilk is the pulled back hair and the wide eyed expression. The long flowing dark hair at the back seems to represent a style similar to many Pakistani women, although that style actually tends to be more common in India.
It's not that this is a bad picture, but it's the fact that it's being passed off as something that it is obviously not, and therein lies the difficulty - if the image was far more stereotypical, caricaturish even, then it could work, but as far as being "realistically ethnic" goes, I think it falls far short of the mark.
The person in the picture is quite obviously "White Bread" and not "Chapati".
Posted Wed Jan 12, 2005 11:45PM
I think she looks more French or Northern Italian (?) than Islamic...
"French Bread" or "Focaccia" ?