The image’s expressive and descriptive power
“The image’s expressive and descriptive power” by Marina Santos
In a world where visual diversity rules, what name shall we give to the portrait that has been growing alongside our society for years?
The portrait exists since the early days on earth, according to artistic cultural records. But if then we were just painted portraits, today we have photographic records for this purpose. However, everything follows a historical timeline.
Antoine Platon, the author whose theory and practices I’ve approached argues in his speech that more than having a camera in his hand and shoot, it’s necessary to feel the essence of what you’re shooting and only then we’re able to capture it. But, if we are only focused on the essence, we won’t make room to the story and this plays an important role, after all, a film is not made only by its cover.
In this project, I combined Platon’s theory and technique to the mythological story of Danae. Both from Greek descendance and perhaps the only thing in common between them. Until this project. By focusing on this man’s photographic technique so well known by his portraits filled with great emotion, and in the history of this princess, locked in a tower, expecting a child from Zeus, came the photographic composition of this project.
My goal is to show the creation of a portrait, its phases, its characteristics and what makes us evaluate what we see and how we see it. Perhaps, my final result needs a description in order to understand what was intended here however, the purpose is fulfilled, I don’t believe anyone is indifferent to this portrait by me idealised based on a timeless story and a photographer of modern times.
Marina Santos – MA Design Student
London School of Design and Marketing