Lane Cohen

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Lane Cohen
ART 300: Photography II
Digital prints; 8.5 x 11

This series of images discusses the modern day abuse of cosmetic products in regards for hiding imperfections to appear perfect rather than to enhance one’s natural beauty. Playing around with makeup in different ways, I hope to call attention to its power as a tool of everyday manipulation and to highlight how powerful these products are towards an idealized vision of beauty, as well as where the line stops between beauty and looking clownish.

14 thoughts on “Lane Cohen

  1. I’m very intrigued by your message and how you’ve chosen to convey it. In the second photo, did you use photoshop/airbrushing to edit the left side of her face even further? If not, that could be an interesting way to make the contrast even greater. I do wish that the white line down the center of her face wasn’t there because then the line between real and fake would be a little more blurred. While I do enjoy the top image, I can’t help but wonder what exactly you’re trying to say because the makeup isn’t used in a naturalistic way. Overall, great photos!

  2. The top one is interesting, different kind of play on the “clown makeup”. I feel the bottom one has been done before, I mean we get it, we look different with makeup on. Maybe you can do the half face in a different, new way, instead of the obvious line down the face.

  3. I find your concept really interesting. The second picture where a distinctive contrast is shown by the divide on the face is very strong and impressive. What you describe as abuse of cosmetic products reminds me of some notions of “abuse of photoshop”, which is also powerful in hiding imperfection and creating illusions of perfect beauty. However, makeup can be carried on into real life, while photoshop only works in realm of photography. I don’t know if it’d be your interests, but maybe you could also do another series commenting on the abuse of photoshop. Again, I really like your concept.

  4. I found this to be inspiring pieces. The face is hidden under masks of makeup. What would happen if the two photos were changed in their order. Would it weaken, or strengthen the statement being made? Or perhaps help your statement flow better?
    Also what would happen if the “clown” photograph was emphasized on more with make up? Would the statement be more powerful?

  5. I find the idea/image very strong. The images seem a little intrusive which fits nicely with what you are trying to say.

  6. I really like your concept and message. The second image is my favorite, it’s striking how she doesn’t even look like the same person in each half. I think it really conveys you message. The first image does intact look clownish and like she’s in the stages of putting makeup on or maybe stage makeup. I can’t image anyone leaving the house like that, but I’m sure there are people who do.

  7. Beautiful concept and beautiful execution. The contrast between the two images really shows the line that exists between how makeup can be used and how it should be used as expected by society. It brings to question whether using makeup to hide or enhance beauty is as ridiculous a concept as using it to look like a clown is. Is there really much of a difference or is one just considered acceptable over the other?

    These two images go incredibly well together to show that difference, that contrast between two ideas that belong to a similar family. Your images are thought-provoking and provoke an idea that does not disappoint. These images conjure up so many ideas—about our society, about beauty, about perfection, about beauty as perfection—and allow the viewer to understand the idea these photos/you are expressing, but also to draw their own conclusions based on their own values and beliefs.

    Nicely done!

  8. Wow, this is a brilliant idea on how make up can be abused especially on the top photo which has a clown look to it. As for my thoughts on girls with make up, it’s half and half. It either looks good just fine, or it’s overdone to the point it just doesn’t look right. I especially like the half and half contrasts of the bottom photo, showing how going natural can be just as beautiful.

  9. The first photograph is such an interesting image. It captures the decisive moment where a person is transforming from her actual appearance to the appearance that she choose to present herself. It reminds me of how femininity and gender role can be a performative idea. The heavy hand-smeared mark on her face reinforce that performative quality of the act of putting on makeups.

  10. I think you really helped capture your idea of how makeup products these days are being abused by women to help manipulate people and only hides the natural beauty, rather than enhancing it. I really love the second photo because you can really tell the difference by having the face, in a way, cut in half with one side clearly the natural side, and the other with way too much makeup applied. The top photo is really compelling as well because it exaggerates the makeup to the point where it looks absolutely ridiculous and really makes you evaluate how much makeup people put on on a daily basis. The concept and pictures are really well done and help get your point across. Even if the caption wasn’t provided under the picture, the message probably still would’ve been clear.

  11. I like your concept behind the pictures. And I really like the smudgy face, exaggerating the effect and power of cosmetics. For me, the first photo is more effective and dramatic in conveying your artistic idea. I think it’d be interesting to overly and roughly apply other kinds of cosmetics to faces (at different parts or with different colors and styles), and presenting the idea of “imperfection” that cosmetics could bring as a result of failing to enhance nature beauty.

  12. I like your intent and effort. I think the top photograph goes a little beyond “clown-ness” and reach a bit of sloppy, but I can still tell what your intentions were. On the bottom photograph, I am a little confused because you say you are comparing makeup and no makeup but I can tell that the image is photoshopped on the left side. Perhaps you want to include the media power of photoshop as well as cosmetics? The skin looks a little too blurred on the left side to be natural. Perhaps you could split the face in three and do natural, makeup, and photoshopped!! Nice job though. I like your subject matter!

  13. I like your series a lot and you did an excellent job to present your ideas. The bottom image is very interesting and the difference you showed is shocked. Your concept is really strong and your images are persuasive.

  14. I love how relevant this subject is to my life. Ive worn makeup since middle school, but as I’ve grown older and matured more it seems the makeup industry and social media have been endorsing that women need to wear laughable amount of makeup in order to look perfect or trendy. Ive letter ally seen videos that gross me out due to all the makeup being applied. These pictures highlight that women shouldn’t feel the only way they are beautiful is with mounds of makeup on and i love that.

    The two faced images is a great idea, i would recommend centering the models face more, i looks a bit off to the right.

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