Digital and Analog Storytelling

The entire history of human expression, slightly abridged

Dovima with Elephants, Richard Avedon, 1955

Dovima with Elephants, Richard Avedon, 1955

Dovima with Elephants, Richard Avedon, 1955

Again, directional elements abound, the curves of the elephants heads, bodies, and legs; the seemingly elongated limbs of the model; the white sash (is that a sash?) and belt of the Dior dress. Also, the way that the elephant’s trunk seems to be an extension of the model’s right arm (on the left side of the photograph), the way that the shadow along the inner curve of the trunk matches with her black sleeve.

What strikes me most, in looking at this photo, is the textures. The porcelain smoothness of the model’s face and the curated ripples of her dress contrasting against the scratchy-looking hay floor and the wrinkled surfaces of the elephants’ skin. Also, the gleam on the shoe and the chains on the elephants’ feet.

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