Jezebel (2013)

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“The Jezebel series is a selection of 17 images chosen out of approximately 50 Photoshop masks created by Major in the lengthy post-production of Marie Claire RIP. While painfully realistic, each of the Marie Claire RIP portraits is the result of a careful retouching process, involving the patient creation of a variable number of digital layers with accompanying masks until an authentic-looking representation was achieved. Some colors were digitally enhanced to remain faithful to the saturation of the color of an original piece of clothing, and the skin was heavily manipulated, often using light and dark adjustment layers to draw the images closer to the original mug shots. Some of these adjustment layers merely affected specific parts of the final images whereas others changed them completely. One can appreciate the varying level of alteration produced through each mask in the Jezebel series by their color scheme. Black signifies a lack of impact on the final image; white, a complete one; grey, a change of 50 percent. Green, on the other hand, means the mask plays a remote role, the color being produced as a result of all colors available in superior layers blending together. Like other colors in the Jezebel series, green is not descriptive but rather an expression of technical function. It talks about image making as ‘a work of representation’: the construction of meaning through and by language – that of Photoshop and its specific technicalities. “

Catherine Somzé

Excerpt from the essay Marie Claire RIP Meets Jezebel published by L’Heure Dite. This series is available as part of a limited edition set with Marie Claire RIP:

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