So most of the feedback I got for my mask suggested I should just focus on the material, rather than trying to mix it with the things I had been doing before. I didn't actually mind this, it had been awhile since I'd done a very formalist studio shoot and I wanted to explore the qualities of the mask.
I arranged for my model to come back over and we arranged for a simple
black backdrop and lighting set up. A flashlight was the final key that
really brought it to life - the way I shown it on the surface and under
it really changed the way it acted and interacted with his form below. I
did my best to hide the seams, uncertain whether the construction would
be an issue, by making use of his lovely hair. I also liked the pure
aesthetic qualities of it as well. It played well with the light.
Should I care that I've abandoned my original concept? Or that it may not even mean anything anymore?
Here are some rough shots from the shoot: