first saw Michael Thompson's photo of Christy Turlington for
the cover of W, I thought it had a
beautiful if rather familiar look to it. For a moment I
almost thought I had taken the photo.
Actually I did a
similar shot, with model Carol Alt, some fourteen years
earlier for Harper's Bazaar.
The technique of
placing the key light low (below the model's face) can yield
stunning results...or it can create a monster effect,
depending on how it's handled, and, I believe, success is
greatly dependent on the model's physiognomy.
Both Carol Alt, and
Christy Turlington have wonderful eyes, but I've never met
Nor have I met
Michael Thompson whose work I've admired for several years.
Michael never seems to disappoint. SM