La Madame here does not translate as ‘The Madame of a bawdy house.’ It’s my interpretation of a Grand Dame. A woman who has contributed much in her life. She is comfortable in her skin. Her gaze expresses a demand for the truth. Only a fool would try to mislead her.
Of course this is a composite, as most of my images are. As I layer and add textures, mysteries are revealed to me and I instinctively gravitate towards uncovering hidden aspects of the human condition.
So… I channel my elation, my pain, my optimism, my apprehensions into my pieces to hopefully provide a visceral experience for the viewer.
It is a way to express my visions that are beyond the capacity of words. I work with a quiet mind, where there isn’t any inner chatter. Only balanced decisions to keep the process reviving at a comfortable speed. La Madame went through many incarnations until I found the correct expression. Nothing in the process is permanent or solid. There are many points of perception in the fulcrum of many simultaneous moments.
What do you think are the TWO most impactful features that make your image a good photograph? Don’t be shy!
Her eyes. Her attitude.
If you would be able to make this photo once again, what would be the ONE thing you would like to do better or different?
Maybe give her a name.
Roger Guetta shared this photograph in the FRAMES Facebook Group.
Roger Guetta, Montreal, Canada
Equipment and settings
iPhone SE and internal applications.
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