No this is not some kindergarten letter recognition exercise. Nor is it flexibility training. And don’t even get me started on the S curve pose used frequently in pageants.
What I’m referring to is the movement of the body in a photo or how ones eye moves over the body. This refers primarily to female models. I’ll give the gents the alphabet treatment next. But, for now, here are a couple examples of the S and the C.
Though in each the body is not posed obviously as an S or a C the pose creates that dynamic. They eye is drawn across the body. Both the S and the C shape are quite appealing to the eye even for those without a trained artistic eye. They eye moves easily over the body. The body appears graceful, fluid.
Let’s talk about the dynamics of the S.
The poses, on the above photos, differ from each other. But in each the eye travel across the body is a double curve. An S. The body curves in two directions be that with limbs, back, shoulders, head, etc. This shape really highlights the various curves of the body. Let’s see how many times I can use the word curve!
Now for the C curve.
Again you will notice that all the poses are quite different. The eye follows the line up, around and down. Whereas the S highlights various curves, the C highlights length.
These types of poses add interest, depth and dimension. They create a pleasing image be that in front of the camera or on the runway.
Take a look at some of your own photos and see if you can fit your into one of these shapes. Bow it is not always necessary to pose on such a manner but it is a good foundation to build on. As models we want people to look at us. By creating images that draw the eye we do just that.
*please ignore the circles on a couple of the photos. They are from are different post.