How I Learned to Love the Giant Sock!
OK, I know this is a nude shot that doesn't actually contain any nudity, but the implications of the figure through the cloth are very exciting.
This is an exaggerated form of abstracting the body into shapes, but because it hides as well as reveals the new forms that it creates are clearly human but different and that makes them very interesting to look at.
When using this kind of material your model has to work hard to push their body into the material to create the right forms. As the photographer you need to be watching out for creases in the material. Any crease can be very distracting in the image and difficult to photoshop out.
I've used a very strong sidelight (and later rim light) to make sure that the texture of the material shows as clearly as possible and that the somewhat flattened form of Suzanne is still clearly visible through shades of light and dark.
I wasn't expecting to see this, but I love the "hammerhead" look of the arms pulling the material across the face. With a setup like this you need to be aware of new opportunities that you had not anticipated.
As the light swings round behind the model it becomes more see through, creating another form again.
Strange props can make great images, use your imagination.
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