Watch Katie Nattrass retouch an image
In our new regular re-style feature, Katie Nattrass takes an image from a reader – in this case it’s from photographer Chris Yates – and re-styles it into something new.
In the previous feature Katie Nattrass took an image from a portrait shoot from London photographer Ruth Rose of up-and-coming singer Kyra. She explained how, given a brief from Ruth, she transformed the image into a completely new vision for the photographer. We liked that. So each month we’re asking Katie if she
can choose a reader’s image from the special section in our online Portfolio set up for readers to upload their potential re-styles to.
For the April issue, professional portrait photographer Chris uploaded an image or two to the Professional Photographer web Portfolio (www.professionalphotographer.co.uk/portfolio/nattrass-retouching) and Katie chose his image of the model in the fur coat to work on. Chris tells us
about the image: “My team was myself & Karolina Bil, and our MUA was Alice Bizarre. This image is part of a studio fashion shoot; the concept was a bold impactful fashion look and one of a number of changes during the shoot. The image primarily was to highlight the team effort of us all.”
The thought process
The actual detail of what Katie does to each image is, to our minds, less important that the initial vision and the ‘why?’ she does what she does. So, what is she up to this time?
“I looked at the uploads a few days after the March issue of PP came out, the issue with my first feature in, and a few images had already been uploaded. I left it a little longer and eventually chose Chris’s image of the girl in the fur coat. To me it seemed quite animalistic and I had the seed of an idea in my head; initially I was going down the lines of the ‘Herbal Essences’ shampoo adverts on TV. However, as I usually do, I spent a good amount of time just absorbing the image, looking at Chris’ website. Adam then sent me through the Canon raw file and my idea evolved and changed – the word ‘Egyptian’ just kept popping into my head. I could ‘see’ deserts, oasises and, probably due to the model’s hair, a snake – particularly a cobra. I felt the image was talking in a larger sense about empowerment and sexuality – not in an overt way, but of how women in photography have gone
from voyeuristic objects to having far more control over the photographer in this situation. I then spent the next 90 minutes or so researching stock images for what I had in mind – I had to have the right
type of snake, which I eventually got from a free stock site I know. Then I was off.”
Watch Katie edit this photograph in real time with the video below. Try to keep up.
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