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Mud on My Face Photography

Updated on February 22, 2014
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A face covered in mud may not seem so appealing to the majority of people, however from a photographic standpoint it can make for a great photographic subject theme.

Before you go on and start splashing mud on people and taking your color film or digital camera, you need to understand that this is not as simple. You need to spread mud on peoples faces, that's clear enough.

Then you need to let the mud dry a bit so that it starts to crack and show ridges upon the face of your subject. Keep in mind that these particular images will be rendered better if photographed in a monochromatic medium such as sepia or in black and white.

Why in a monochromatic medium? Because although color shows tones and shades better than lets say black and white. A monochromatic medium has more of an "elegant" atmosphere about it and it represents a more "dramatic" scene.

You can still record images in a color medium, but you should consider turning them into black and white and comparing both sets side by side.

You do not need to go to great lengths to accomplish this project. Besides "clean" mud and a subject there is not much else that is needed.

As far as photographing them, you should do close ups that focus on the faces and not much else with special attention to the area surrounding the eyes of your subjects as the eyes bring out a contrast that in itself is appealing and mysterious enough to create a good photographic piece.

If possible, include some close ups of subjects who have blue or green eyes if doing the project in a color medium and if you are so inclined, you can digitally add color to the eyes and leave the rest of the image in monochrome.

This is not a photo project of the style that is used by some makeup manufactures for commercially produced makeup mud. This is a study featuring the way that mud looks when on a face as it dries and you should make a concerted effort to have your images show details in the skin as the mud dries and all of the interesting details that begin to appear as this happens.

The project can be conducted at any time of the day but it is better if done with ambient light instead of using flash as it may tend to give an unnatural look to the photograph.

Although your subjects can smile or do other gestures with their face, the best results are achieved with a somber looking subject as this too adds to the intrigue of the shot.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Thanks Lynn

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      Clean mud - love that one. Very interesting and love the asthetics.