Third final image

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I was stuck on what to do for my third and final photo-shoot so went back to the idea of Jack the Ripper. I wanted to recreate what the prostitutes would have worn and gone from there however with lack of time I couldn’t do this idea. Another idea was to photograph the prostitute but dead slumped against a wall. Again with no costume I couldn’t do this idea.
I decided to go with the theme of a dead prostitute for my third look after seeing the images of Jack the Rippers victims dead. In one of the images the woman’s face looks like it’s sliding away because the muscles are deteriorating. This gave me an idea to photograph my model as a dead woman with her ‘face sliding off’ by using makeup. Although this shoot would not be clothing inspired I thought it would be great for my portfolio.
I got my model to wear a lace corset top which was from a burlesque costume set so her cleavage was on show as this is how prostitute’s dressed. With her makeup I kept it very minimal because even though it was only prostitute’s to wear makeup in 1880 they didn’t have the range we have today. I kept her face clean with no foundation, added brown eye shadow to parts of the face so she looked dirty and added a small amount of mascara. They wore rouge on their cheeks so I gave my model rosy cheeks and created dark circles under her eyes as prostitutes were up late at night. To create that ‘sliding’ effect like in the image I put red lipstick on my model and wiped it to the side. This also creates the look of messy like she’s been attacked. To finish off the look I used liquid latex to create a cut on her throat and added in fake blood. I photographed her in many poses in different locations to get a variety of choice.
As much as I like these images I feel I could have done better especially with the blood. The cut on the throat doesn’t look as real as I hoped and the reason there is lack of blood is because I wanted to it look like the model was laying down so the blood had run down the side of the neck. To give the image an older look I edited it so it doesn’t look as gruesome and also fits in with the 1880’s due to lack of colour.

Second final image

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For my second shoot I decided to go with the current trend which is Bangladeshi fashion. As 52% of the population in Whitechapel are people from that culture and during my visit there I did see many woman wearing burqas and dupattas. In my research I came across a website called British Bangladesh fashion week and on this page I found a girl with a very full on makeup look. Make-up is not traditionally worn by woman from this culture but because of the new modern approach I saw on British Bangladesh fashion week I decided to go for something along those lines. I wanted to focus entirely on makeup as this is something I want to go on and study further.
I wanted to keep the clothing fairly simple but along the lines of something a woman would wear in the culture. I decided to photograph the model against a wall so all attention was on her rather than any background and I couldn’t find a wall old enough to represent one from Whitechapel as it’s a rather run down place. I got my model to do various types of posing but mainly keeping the face straight so attention was on the makeup. I went for a heavy eye makeup look as this was what I had seen on the model but kept the rest of the face to a minimum so the eyes were the main focus.
Using a piece of material I found at UCA which I thought fitted well to what woman from Bangladesh would wear I draped it on my model using techniques I learnt during the draping workshop. I wanted to drape the entire body and have the model in heels so again it had a more modern approach however I decided to focus on the face so makeup was the main focus.
Dupatta – material found at college.

First final image

I went with a series rather than 1 image for my final as I just couldn’t choose and found these 2 images to be most effective.Image

My first look was inspired by Jack the Ripper. During my research into Whitechapel I found that its main history is based on Jack the Ripper. I decided this would be an interesting shoot to do so I did some research into what men would have worn during the 1880’s. I looked into every aspect from clothes, to hair and facial hair so I could really do well for this shoot.
I wanted to base the shoot in a ‘creepy’ alley way as that’s where he murdered one of his victims. I really wanted to keep the model’s face out of the photo, so have him looking in an opposite direction as Jack the Ripper has no identity. However during the shoot I found it quite difficult to photograph the clothes from an angle hiding his face.
With regards to what he is wearing I was inspired by an image I had seen of what men wore in 1880. I wanted my model to represent that but as I couldn’t get hold of a hat or proper Victorian jacket I went with the look of no jacket and rolled up sleeves. It was to make my model look as if he was waiting for his victim to enter the alley way and so he wouldn’t get his jacket ‘dirty’. I also paid attention to hair and makeup. I researched how men wore their hair and it tended to be a side parting with the hair slicked back. I created dark circles under the models eyes so he looked tired as Jack the Ripper was out at all hours of the morning. I also thickened out the models beard as men had really thick beards and moustaches. I also filled in his moustache.
Shoes – borrowed from the model
Trousers – borrowed from the model
Shirt – borrowed from my brother
Waistcoat – borrowed from the model’s father
Cane – borrowed from the models mum. The cane had once belonged to her father so it had a really old look to it.

Third shoot

My third shoot was inspired by the prostitutes murdered by Jack the Ripper. I wanted to focus the shoot on make-up as it’s something I want to go on and study further. So I decided to do the dead of one woman who had her throat slit. I kept the photo shoot focused on the face over the clothing.

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I narrowed down the images to my favourite 3 and edited them as I’m unsure how I want to present them. I want to use the same colour to the photo as to how it would have been taken in 1880 however I think the image being in colour is more effective. I think my final image will be colourless has it gives a more 1800’s feel.

Second shoot

My second shoot was inspired but the current dress code in Whitechapel. In my research I found out about British Bangladesh Fashion week and on there was a beautiful woman with her make-up done. So I wanted this shoot to involve make-up as well as current fashion.

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I narrowed down the images to my favourite 3 and edited them slightly.

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First shoot

My first shoot is Jack the Ripper, 1800’s inspired. I researched what they would have worn and dressed my model like this. I wanted to photograph in an alley as I thought this would be appropriate and effective. Image

I then narrowed down all my images to my 3 favourite and edited them to look old. As Victorian’s did not shoot in colour again I thought it would be most effective. I wanted my model’s face to never show in the images as no one knew what Jack the Ripper looked like however I find these 3 images to be the best.

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Trip to Whitechapel

This is all my imagery from my trip to Whitechapel. I did not enjoy my time there, the area was very run down however I did enjoy visiting one of the alley ways where Jack the Ripper killed his first victim. 

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I used my image of the alley where she was killed to draw in a ‘dead’ woman and Jack the Ripper leaving. 

Dress codes for postcodes

To start off my research I looked at the History and current day of Whitechapel. I placed all my research onto A1 sheet of paper as I didn’t want writing in my sketchbook.

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I then moved on from this and within my research I read about Jack the Ripper. I looked into him and found a huge amount of information Whitechapel has a lot of research to it however Jack the Ripper is the most famous. I looked into his story and the women he killed.

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I also focused my research on todays current dress code and within my research I found out that 52% of the population of people from Bangladesh. So I research into their culture and the clothing they wore. I also came across a fashion designer by the name of Bibi Russell who is mentioned on the British Bangladesh Fashion Week webpage. I also researched into what men wore in the 1800’s as I wanted to get a sense of what Jack the Ripper might have worn.

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