The power of the black and white portrait

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The power of the black and white portrait

A striking set of photographs in this collection from Nicola Smyth, shot by gifted photographer Richard Miles. We’re drawn to the use of strong contrasts in the lighting to add drama and strength. And yet, Nicola has managed to retain a sensitivity in the hair work that is a gentle, soft touch we like. No wonder she collected a trophy at the British Hairdressing Awards.

 Hair: Nicola Smyth. Photography: Richard Miles. Make-up: Naomi McKeever. Styling: Magdalena Jacobs. 

There’s been a huge swing towards using black and white photography in hair collections to convey the power of graphic shapes and strong texture in the hair. Certainly there was great success for the use of this medium in the awards events of 2018. How will this evolve for the coming year, we wonder? 

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