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THE BRIGITTE LACOMBE INTERVIEW: “MY ENTIRE LIFE HAS BEEN MY WORK”

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Ms. Lacombe, your approach to portrait photography is often described as the unmasking of the subject’s personality to go beyond what people see at the first glimpse. How does that process work?

I am interested in photographing the person as bare as possible. This means that I do not want to arrive at the shoot with a concept or with an idea. I don’t want to put people into special situations, ask them to do specific things, or act a certain way. I try to do with a minimum of hair, make-up, and styling – or with none at all. Also, I put people in a very neutral place in terms of the décor. If I can I will use a neutral backdrop or a simple wall. I often prefer working with daylight.

Do you also keep the team around you as small as possible?

The team is very discreet. I try to stay by myself and my assistants are very quiet on the side. I want every shoot to become like the two of us are now: just one-on-one, looking at each other and having a moment and an exchange that does not have anything to do with any of the distractions or the protections that you get with having a costume, props, and everything. That is easier to do than to be just your bare self.

Do you try to get to know someone a little bit before you take a portrait? For example, Annie Leibovitz apparently visits people for half a day before taking a portrait or Martin Schoellertries to pick music that he thinks will go well with his subject.

No, they are both very different to me. I try to have nothing and to stay without any preconceived idea or plan. I only exercise control by making the set completely empty and bare. This is also a way to control the situation, but almost the opposite approach.

Do you know immediately when you have taken a good portrait? Is there a split second when you press the button and you know you have made the shot?

Yes. Mostly you know when you have caught the moment. Sometimes I feel like I did not do well enough. It then becomes really hard to live with yourself, because you feel you could have done better. But often, as you live with the images, you realize that there is a moment in them and you overlooked it because of some tension or agitation you had with yourself at the time. But mostly you recognize it when it’s there.

There are some people that you have photographed many times over the years, like Meryl Streep or Miuccia Prada. Is your process different when you shoot someone that you know well?

Yes, it’s interesting and very different. I have always followed people I am interested in over years and I keep making portraits of them. That intimacy that I am always looking for develops immediately with someone like that. It’s a given, because you have the person’s trust. You are always looking for something that you have not done before, but by the nature of it being several years later the person has changed. Basically, I am not doing anything but recording what I see.

How are your friendships connected with your professional life?

My work and my life are the same thing to me. I don’t have a life on one side and work on the other side. My entire life has been my work. I don’t have a family, I am by myself, I have made very strict choices.

What kind of choices?

Like, no kids. I am not so interested in possessions, either. So really I am either working or I am sleeping – there are not many things in between. That’s what I do and everything is folded into that: my friendships and love stories. I have always been within the world of my work.

Do you think your very personal approach is why many people like working with you? Miuccia Prada, for example, is known as a very private woman who rarely lets anyone take her portrait.

In her case our relationship has developed into a very real friendship. She is one of the people that I love and admire most. I get along with people who are reluctant to be in the public eye, but who need to be because of what they do for a living. It’s more comfortable for them to be photographed by me than it would be by somebody else.

Because they can trust you?

Yes, everything is very private. I control every image coming out of our studio. There is a dimension of trust in everything in the way we operate. This suits people that are very private themselves.

Does your subject’s profession influence your portrait?

I don’t think so. I think a good portrait is a good portrait. And there are so many different ways to do a portrait. For me this has no influence because I am always looking for the same thing. I don’t think I shoot someone differently if they are an actor, or a designer, or even a politician. I approach the people as people that I am interested in. I propose a lot of my assignments. I have eliminated a lot of people that I am not so fascinated by and I photograph people I am interested in.

But doesn’t it matter what they do, what they stand for?

Yes, absolutely. That’s why I don’t do fashion anymore. I was not interested enough in just physical beauty, perfection, and youth. I want to be interested in the person and what a person does.

The world around you has changed a lot over the years. Today designers and fashion stand for a different thing than they did 30 years ago.

That’s true. I find Miuccia Prada makes the most interesting product in the fashion world. I don’t see it as fashion. It’s more connected with architecture, art, and politics. For me it’s a whole and not only fashion, although of course it is fashion. My interest in fashion is through her, because she is bigger than fashion.

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Top 5 Takeaways From Tiger Woods’s Latest Press Conference

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Tiger Woods met with the media Wednesday in front of the Farmers Insurance Open and gave a reasonable way to deal with his PGA Tour return. You can see his full question and answer session here.

Underneath, we trimmed it down. Here are the five most interesting statements from Woods’ Wednesday press conference:

  • On his expectations: “I think yeah, my expectations have tempered a little bit because I haven’t played. When I came back off my ACL injury in ’08 and started playing in ’09, it was nine months but I hadn’t played a full schedule prior to that. Here, I haven’t played a full schedule since 2015. It’s been a long time. To be honest with you, I just want to start playing on the Tour and getting into a rhythm of playing a schedule again. I haven’t done that in such a long time, so I don’t know what to expect. Just go out there and just play, I’m going to grind it, give it everything I possibly have if I put the ball in the right position and make some putts and try to work my way up the board.”
  • On how desperate his back woes were: “You know, I tried all different types of treatment on it and we went – I went through every single procedure that is nonsurgical prior to getting it fused. I exhausted every single procedure I could possibly do and it just didn’t get better. So the surgery and fusion was the only step I had left. I was very lucky because it’s down at L5-S1 and it only has maybe six degrees of rotation, so it’s really not much at all so I got lucky in that regard. It’s been tough. I didn’t know when the back was going to go out. I don’t know if you guys were watching this past week with Freddie, how bad it was. He was fine and all of a sudden he makes a couple bad swings and there it goes. That’s very similar to how I was.”
  • On getting his speed back: “I hadn’t felt good in four, five years. My surgeon, you know, he said from the get-go, once it’s fused, you’ll have – you’ll have speed like you did back in your early 30s. And he’s right because there’s no pain, I’m not flinching, it doesn’t hurt as I take the club back, it doesn’t hurt right before impact, it doesn’t hurt after impact, it doesn’t hurt when I walk. It was a tough go for a while and I don’t have any of those feelings.”
  • On why he’s going without a coach (for now): “I’ve said it many times already, it’s just that no one’s had a spinal fusion at that level and be able to hit the ball that hard, as hard as I do. So I’d like to meet somebody who can swing it over 120 miles an hour with a fused back. Do you know anybody? That’s what I mean, no one understands that. So I have to rely own my own feels and play around with what my body can and cannot do. It’s not going to look like it used to, I don’t have the mobility that I do – that I used to and that’s just the reality. Now it’s just a matter of what can I do, and that’s just practicing and getting my feels and trusting, experimenting a lot to try and figure out what can this body do and how explosive can it be and how am I going to control shots with different shapes, am I going to have different feels. Some of that stuff is yes, some of that stuff is different and I’m still learning it.”
  • On his plan early in the year: “I’m just trying to build towards April. That’s what I told you guys last year in the Bahamas, I’m looking forward to playing a full schedule and getting ready for the Masters and I haven’t done that in a very long time. That’s usually been my schedule and my outlook. From ’96 on it’s been that way to try to get ready for Augusta and there’s no reason to change that.”

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Top 5 Times Oprah Has Lost Her Cool On Her Talk Show

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Here are the most effective crossroads in Oprah TV history when everyone’s eyes were on Oprah, and she lost her cool, cries on a show, lost her poise or even merely lost her brain, making all of us either cry or lowered that even Oprah is a slave to her feelings in some cases. Plan to go on the passionate, crazy ride that spread over a very long while with our dearest anchorperson. As we enter her last season, prepare for more Oprah crying minutes. Get ready to see her lose it all the more frequently as she directs some of her most enthusiastic Oprah interviews.

At the point when did Oprah cry on her show? There are a large number of illustrations when the normally quiet symbol loses her self-restraint, this rundown follows those minutes.

Oprah’s Heartthrob Surprise

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Since Oprah has, at last, consented to be the one on the less than the desired end of shocks for her final season, her staff pulled a startling get-together experience for The Big O and welcomed Jackie Jackson to come into her office and amazement her at her work area.

Oprah really liked Jackie and this date dash has been over 43 years really taking shape.

Jackie shocks O and realises her blossoms thirty seconds into the clasp.

Oprah hurls her arms and shouts as he embraces her. She shouts a few more circumstances and after that affectionately, tongue in cheek (obviously), undermines to gun down her snickering staff as she whines that she was not dressed for Jackie. Fantasy and a lousy dream across the board.

As the clasp proceeds with, Oprah ushers Jackie out of the room and begins an energised, scattered endeavour to settle her cosmetics and put eyelashes on and get ready for her fantasy date. “Thank god, Stedman’s in Bermuda.”

This clasp is a great deal of enjoyable to watch, and Oprah’s so endearingly found napping that it influences you to think to any significant amazement you’ve ever gotten in your life.

Oprah Talks About Her Best Friend in the World

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Oprah opens up to Barbara Walters about her association with Gayle King, her closest companion, and the lesbian gossipy tidbits that have surfaced irregularly consistently.

Around one moment into the clasp, Barbara requests that Oprah depict her intimate association with Gayle. Oprah takes over ten seconds to recover her poise and endeavour to answer the inquiry.

Oprah portrays Gayle as the mother she never had, the sister everyone would need, and the companion everyone merits. “I don’t have a clue about a superior individual.” She is exceptionally enthusiastic all through the clasp as she discusses Gayle.

This clasp is a capable demonstration of the actual truthfulness that has characterised Oprah’s vocation.

Oprah’s Tribute to Sophie, Her Faithful, Deceased Cocker Spaniel

 

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Oprah commits a show to her dearest cocker spaniel, Sophie, who she had for a long time and had as of late passed.

The Oprah Winfrey Show group set up an introduction together for Oprah about Sophie and her opportunity as a significant aspect of Oprah’s family.

Oprah tells us previously she has not seen the video and is watching it out of the blue.

The video starts around thirty-five seconds in and includes some excellent photographs and video film of a delightful dark cocker spaniel going through her days with O. It proceeds until the two-moment stamp. At the point when the clasp comes back to Oprah, she is in tears with a Kleenex. She says she knew viewing the video would be hard and battles to get past her guide as she wipes her eyes. O instantly enjoys a business reprieve to get it together and “get [her]self together.”

It is reviving to see this reliable, rousing lady demonstrate a weakness for losing a cherished pet. It proves to every one of us that it’s alright to feel like the organisation we keep, human and non-human, don’t need to be blood-identified with feel like the piece of our family.

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Top 10 Quotes By Leonardio DiCaprio

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Dissimilar to numerous previous youngster on-screen characters who tend to bite the dust (or blur into obscurity) in their teenager years and past, 42-year-old Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio has gloated an unfaltering resume of film hits for almost two decades, from his terrible hand over 1993’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? To a featuring part in film industry sensation Titanic.

Notwithstanding his fantastic movie profession, Leo has utilised his Hollywood capital in various generous endeavours. He’s wind up one of the world’s best environmental change champions and backers for more stringent confinements on carbon emanations each shot he gets.

Indeed, he gave particular specify to the earth in his Oscar acknowledgement discourse for his work in The Revenant, entreating the group of onlookers to “work on the whole together and quit tarrying” when managing environmental change. These qualities are reflected in his everyday life; he drives battery-fueled vehicles and lives in a sun-based controlled home.

The following are 10 of the most motivating Leonardo DiCaprio that ought to urge you to deal with what makes you cheerful.

“Be thankful for the hard times, for they have made you” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing all the hype that’s written about you… Who knows? In a couple of years, you might find me in the loony bin!” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Pay close attention to people who don’t clap when you win.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“To believe in love, to be ready to give up anything for it, to be willing to risk your life for it, is the ultimate tragedy.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“A wrong connection will give you shock throughout your life, but the right one will light up your life.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Everybody has gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I just really love doing what I do. I know every career is fleeting and there will be time periods when I don’t get the opportunities that I’m getting right now, so I am taking advantage of them.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“Only you and you alone can change your situation. Don’t blame it on anything or anyone.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

“I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of.” – Leonardo DiCaprio

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