There are times where we hide our true identity. We put on a mask, or a “facade”, and deceive others into thinking that we are someone who we really aren’t. We do this for many reasons. We often times do it because we aren’t comfortable with people knowing the truth about who we are or what we think, and we worry that revealing the truth could hurt another person or a relationship in a bad way.
Similar to that, as humans we sometimes think that we have to change who we are to fit in and be accepted by everyone around us, so we change our outwards appearance or act differently around different groups of people just so we can be accepted by them.
The question that I am posing to you all is do you think it’s right or acceptable to hide who you really are, or do you believe that we should all be our true selves all the time?
I now that some people will say that it is perfectly alright for a number of reasons, and I know there will be some who are dead against it.
Personally, I use to hide a lot of my opinions, and just go with what everyone else was saying because I didn’t like conflict. I still don’t like conflict, but I have always believed that everyone has a right to voice their opinion and as I have aged, had many new experiences and gained a bit of confidence, I have become less scared of sharing my opinions
“Facade” By Tyler Grace
The Technical Stuff
These photos were both shot with my Sony A7R with the Canon mount Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens.
“Facade” was shot at 50mm
“Two-Faced” was shot at 29mm
And they were both shot at ISO 50, f5.6 and 1/160th of a second and both of them were shot at a lower angle
For the lighting, I had my Einstein strobe shooting through wooden slats from outside the room we were shooting in from about a 30 degree angle, and I believe the strobe was set to about 1/8th power if I remember correctly
“Facade” was the original concept and posing I had in mind, but while testing the shot out with a friend of mine, who happens to be Fionna of Fionna Marshall Photography, I came up with the posing for “Two Faced” and so I ended up shooting that with my model and friend Emily as well.
“Where do you get your dresses from?”
Nearly all my dresses come from op-shops like Vinnies and the Salvation Army. A lot of the dresses in my collection are horrendous though, so you will only be seeing a small amount of them in my photos in the future. The rest I will be donating back to either of those charities.
I don’t know why I bought half the dresses that I have bought apart from the fact that they were cheap!
“You say you used a Tamron 17-50mm lens on your Sony A7R. How did you do this, and does the fact that a crop sensor lens on a full frame camera affect the performance of the lens at all?
Adapting another brands lens on to another brands body is always a tricky thing, but I adapted it to my camera with a Metabones Canon EF to Sony E Mount Adapter, and the two biggest down sides to doing that are that it takes about 10 seconds to autofocus, if it ends up focusing at all. Also, as it is a crop sensor lens, the body has to crop the image in to fit the whole frame, which ends up cutting my images down from 36 megapixels to 16 megapixels.
I will be going more into details about this in a future blog, so keep checking back for that one if you are interested!
This was a really fun shoot. It was great to catch up with Emily again after not seeing her for two years while she was in the USA, and hopefully we get to do another shoot again soon! Don’t forget to answer the question of “Do you think it’s alright to hide who you really are in certain situations” in the comments below or on any of my social media pages or profiles
I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!
Catch you all next time!