Exhibition Issues Both Good and Bad Solutions

Photo Credit: Steven Michaels Photography

For years I have attempted to take photos and display jewelry from the Recycle Collection. For the first time I have discovered a remarkable solution (shown above) from the exhibition "Head to Toe" held at 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Background about the photography issues: 

Previous attempts to photograph this series of jewelry off the model have been mediocre to terrible. I won't even bother showing the fiasco unacceptable attempts in photography without using a model. These attempts run parallel to my efforts at finding a display solution. 

(Left) is a photo taken during an exhibition at Adam Claghorn Gallery. This was an improved display "solution" I constructed using a fine steel wire for a custom stand to lift the bracelet off the pedestal. 

Attempts at photography with the model were in the acceptable range, some better than others (as shown below.)

Below is an example of a photo taken with the model wearing another bracelet in the series.

Both of the previous photos are O.K. and there are many photos in the series, but it doesn't escape the distraction  and difficulty of photographing jewelry on the model which is always a problem. A stray hair, inconsistent clothing or make-up and the difficulty finding the appropriate model are just some of the endless problems.

I've always been disappointed even in the best photos that they didn't seem sophisticated or neutral enough.

Well it seems there is a remarkable photography and display solution (as shown below.) 


This photo was taken at the exhibition "Head to Toe" at 108 Contemporary, Tulsa Oklahoma.

 think the mannequin is a successful solution for both display and photography.
What do you think?  

Another display and photography solution below. Any comments? I'd like to hear your opinions.

Harriete Estel Berman

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Comment by Harriete E Berman on September 28, 2016 at 9:59am

Thanks to 2Roses for your comment. I don't have any mannequins, but will  have to start looking. 

Comment by 2Roses on September 28, 2016 at 9:15am

Harriete, thank you for sharing your journey on this aspect of the field.  Display and photography are so vitally important to furthering a professional career in the arts. It would have been easy to have simply laid the bracelets on a stand, albeit not doing justice to the work. The mannequin solution is brilliant and vastly simplifies the issues of showing wearable art in-situ, lighting, placing focus on the work and creating a dramatic presentation. Downside - them mannequins ain't cheap. Great solution nonetheless.  

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