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Penelope Bent-Lippincott
FASHION
AGE
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THROUGH MY LENS

by Penelope Bent-Lippincott

 

I have been photographing women professionally all of my adult life. This year marks my Fortieth year in this industry; and needless to say, I am so very grateful for all the amazing women that I have shared this exciting experience with, and for all that I have learned. 

 

My camera lens has been a very intimate and private doorway into the lives and the emotions of the women I have photographed; and I thank them all for trusting in this most intimate and creative process.

 

I began shooting in the late seventies and early eighties as a Boudoir Photographer and then on to Fashion as the years passed. Being one of the very few female shooters at the time allowed for a much more honest narrative and collaboration with my clients. 

 

Through those early years, I learned how to angle and adjust my subject for that "Perfect Picture;" but more then that, I learned "Visual Design." I also learned about a woman's spirit, illusion, and light. 

 

I learned the Art of a Woman's Individual Style and how her Style Transitions with age.

 

Here is what I learned Through My Lens.

PART 16 A Magical New Year

 

The older I get the more obvious it is that my Intentions dramatically Shape My Reality! Surprisingly enough, whatever I am looking for I seem to get.

 

For years behind the camera, I would ask the Fashion Designer or Client, that I was working with, "What exactly are you looking for?" This information allowed me to Create the Imagery to Enhance or Sell their product.

 

During the Creative Process, we would scout out locations that fit the mood of the message, have elaborate casting calls to select the perfect model to convey the attitude or feeling desired, prepare the clothing in such a manner that no wrinkle could be found, have a team of tireless hair designers and make-up artists preparing the model for a camera ready moment, staging perfect lighting to enhance the scene visually and lastly, Create the Perfect Picture!

 

The amount of effort involved in creating this one image was amazing.

Now after all these years of asking that question of others, I have begun to ask that question of myself. 

 

P, "What Exactly Are You looking For?"

 

It sounds like such a simple question with such a big and diverse answer. Yet I believe so many of us never really take the time to ponder the idea. I believe we live much of our lives on auto pilot doing for others, living our lives based on the norm or desires of others and failing to really ask ourselves — what it is we really want or what are we really looking for?

 

Once asked I believe we can begin to create exactly what we are looking for. We have a Direction, we have Imagery and now with Effort we have a Picture!

 

It's Magical! 

FASHION EDIT           A MAGICAL . . .  NEW YEAR 2018

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