Sacha Goldberger is an intriguing French photographer who decided to do a fascinating project one summer’s day in Paris which I simply HAD to blog about! He set up an outdoor studio at Bois de Boulogne, a park near paris, that is two and a half times the size of New York’s Central Park! He stopped joggers, and asked them to pose for him in his outdoor studio, right after sprinting. He then asked the joggers to come back to his professional studio one week later. This time they had the same backdrop and lighting, but there would now be a professional make-up artist and hair stylist on hand to make them look their very best.
In a way this project could be trying to portray many things. The message I would take from it would be not to judge someone on first appearance. The joggers in the first pictures look absolutely awful, and yet once they are made up they look like an entirely different person!
“Sweaty, red-faced, out of breath and with haunted looks in their eyes, these people look as if they have been through a traumatic experience. In fact, these anguished portraits simply show ordinary people after they have been jogging.” (1)
It’s amazing how photography can tell the whole truth about someone, or a complete lie. The initial unprepared and exhausted photos of the joggers could be interpreted as the truth of the person- the real them, stripped back, natural and sometimes weary. Whereas the studio shots could be interpreted as a lie- people dressed up, wearing a lot of makeup, and edited to within an inch of their lives. This touches upon the subject of how realistic photography should be- and the controversy between editing and no editing. Below you will find the photos from this fascinating project;
Below you will find a link to an interview with this unique photographer talking about this project, as well as some of the many other pieces he has done. Such a talented and unique photographer, who inspires me to try different things, and be individual and quirky with my photography.
(1) THE TELEGRAPH, Before and after pictures of joggers by Sacha Goldberger, Available from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/8749531/Before-and-after-pictures-of-joggers-by-Sacha-Goldberger.html. [Accessed 25/01/13]
(2-7) MY MODERN MET, Before and after shots of joggers, Available from: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/before-and-after-shots-of-jogg [Accessed 25/01/13]
(8) JUICY CANVAS, Interview- Sacha Goldberger, Available from: http://juicycanvas.com/blog/tag/interview-sacha-goldberger/. [Accessed 25/01/13]