Some photo shoots simply don’t go as planned. And at a monthly publication with a minuscule staff, there are no do-overs. So there have been many instances at BRAVA when the feature has relied on clever design alone to make it successful.
This month, we featured an amazing documentary film maker who finished a piece on Egyptian women’s politics during the Arab Spring protests, while experiencing the political protests taking place right here in Wisconsin. Since the article was framed in the dichotomy of her two homes and juxtaposed these movements—and because we had a lot of the same portrait with different facial expressions from her shoot—the design became about the subject’s two selves and the many, often compartmentalized, facets of one’s personality. It proved to be a successful solution, if I do say so myself!