Glamour portrait my way: Translated
Cecil Beaton used unusual placement of portraits; a center rather small portrait will focus the eye and slow investigation of the surrounding areas imagery which supports the narrative of the portrait makes a strong contemporary image, a symmetrically placed portrait at bottom of frame almost demands the eye to investigate a large minimal background having the returning to the portrait, Beaton would also place a contrasting area in background to frame the portrait which is a good indication of his observation of all elements in the picture field. Beaton's,s compositions in portraiture is as good as that of some of the best modern portrait photographers. Beaton also used some advanced studio portrait lighting, like split-light from one side complimented with rim-light from the other as can be seen with his portrait of Katharine Hepburn above.
Story and all photos below by Hein Waschefort 2016