donderdag 31 december 2009
These 1990's purple Silhouette glasses were
a huge favourite during the first photo shoot
with Nel. The shape of the frame is unusual
and the colour adds greatly to the overall effect.
These glasses turned out to be another perfect
match with Farishta's face. Beautiful!
After trying out three Silhouette glasses around
Farishta's own Rx it was tempting to see how this
special 1990's Silhouette frame would work out.
The Rx of these glasses is around -8 (nearly two
diopters above her own Rx), but it yielded some
of the best portraits of the entire photo shoot
At the end of the 1980's, the era of big and often
quite solid glasses ended abruptly in Holland, but
fortunately eyeware fashion in the UK remained
positive about big frames. These glasses were made
in 1984 but they may have been available until
the early 1990's.
Another lovely portrait of Farishta in early 1960's
Viennaline glasses. I was delighted to come across
these glasses at the Waterlooplein flea market in
the 1980's. They brought back happy memories of
my youth and all the beautiful girls in the streets
of Amsterdam. Thanks, Farishta, for another moment
of reviving that scene!
woensdag 30 december 2009
Another Waterlooplein find, these Flirt glasses
were among the very first acquisitions when I
started collecting glasses as a poor student.
The lenses are tinted and their glare is reduced
by choosing this angle for the picture.
Oval glasses were rare in the 1950's and 1960's.
These Flirt glasses mark the beginning of the golden
era of big glasses in all sorts of shapes and colours.
It's nice to see that bigger frames are about to get
popular again after two decades in which the choice
of frames was rather limited.
These Flirt glasses were quite popular around 1970.
They were made in a then fashionable orange colour
for blondes and in this slightly flamed brown for
brunettes. The frame is quite solid compared to
modern eyeware. Anti-reflective coating did not exist
when these glasses were made and we needed to do
a lot of navigation to obtain these portraits!
These Schubert glasses were another discovery
at the Amsterdam flea market in the 1980's.
The lenses have strong cylinders which slightly
influence the shape of the eyes. The Rx is below
Farishta's own Rx, but the cylinder in the left lens
is placed under a 90 degree angle with the cylinder
in the right lens. The combined view is much better
than the separate view of each eye.
Many of the glasses modeled here by Farishta can
also be seen in my photo shoot with Clarine who has
nearly the same Rx as Farishta.