• David Sharples: I Love The 80′s

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    Posted on December 27, 2013 by David Sharples

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    When planning this series of pictures, I spent a lot of time thinking about process. I had decided early on to do a series of portraits, as the work I’ve done recently involving people has been the most interesting and the most rewarding. I wanted to do a project that would really engage the models and encourage them to get into character. Eventually I chose to take a series of six portraits of my roommates at college – recreating iconic photos of musicians from the 1980s.

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    My roommates this year are my girlfriend Maggie, and two of our friends, Monica and Safi. Though we have very different interests we can all bond over our love of 80s music. When I asked if they’d like to help out with the project, they were excited, to say the least. We spent several days planning outfits and selecting musicians, ending up with: Bruce Springsteen (Safi), Pat Benatar (Monica), Joan Jett (Maggie), David Bowie (Safi), Madonna (Maggie), and Freddie Mercury (Safi). The artists selected all have well known portraits taken for iconic album covers, forming the basis of the project.

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    The process of recreating the photos was both interesting and fun. Though we spent a long time picking out outfits and trying to match accessories and props, I realized over the course of the shoot that what really made the photos successful was the emotion and spirit the models conveyed for each sitting. Several of the photos I chose as final pieces are imperfect in tiny details, but capture the feeling of the photograph better than the more accurate variations.

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    Photography by David Sharples, Copyright 2013
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    Editor’s Note; David Sharples is a senior engineering major at the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2014. To read more articles by David Sharples go to the search bar at the top of the page, type in name: click the green icon.