As an experiment I asked the sitter from the last shoot what her preferences were from the above edited selection so that I could compare my choices as the photographer to hers. And this is what Andrea chose.
So that there was no influence on my part, I did not publish my choices before being aware of Andrea’s choices.
How we see ourselves and how others see us fascinates me. Was this experiment perfect for exploring this? No. But what it raises is whether a piece of work is more about the creator rather than the person being depicted in it. How much, if any at all, did I influence the final choices during the shoot or in the edit process. And how much our idea of beauty affected our choices.
The biggest question of all is if any of these images show the real Andrea? Not just her physical attributes but the real person.
Many thanks again go to Andrea for agreeing to be part of this.
With thanks to Andrea and Studio Photo Gallery for the facilities.