Roy Wylam ,CD, Kirk Wylam:
The reason I chose this particular theme, in the style of the great Hollywood photographer Laszlo Willinger, is I am always in my own design work drawn to strong contrast, and this style of photography so well taken by Yves, produces a strong, memorable result.
Simplifying the picture to black and white always helps to exemplify this contrast and bring out the character of the subject, producing dramatic results.
Laszlo Willinger photographed many of the Hollywood greats including Marlene Dietrich, Hedy Lamarr, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Humphrey Bogart and Lawrence Olivier which this portrait is based on, though I have to say, they are all better looking than me.
Dr Cecilia d'Felice's psychological interpretation:
This marvelous portrait embodies style, elegance and old school charm. The look is pure retro-sophistication. The subject, Roy Wylam, shines like a movie star. You can imagine him appearing in an Ealing comedy or a Hitchcock thriller. Such dignity, yet he is not aloof, his sensitivity apparent in the slender frames of his spectacles and the gentle look in his eyes. The gaze is intense, yet distant, and wholly ambiguous. Is he looking back to past memories, to a nostalgia of what might have been or is he focused on his future, reaching for the stars? Perhaps a juxtaposition of both. The lips play upwards, suggesting an openness and humour not immediately apparent, but subtle and welcome. I love the neatness of this portrait, its perfect framing and glorious lighting. The attention to detail is heaven. If Roy is our leading man then lets queue up to be his leading lady!