TROJAN WAR PHOTOGRAPHY: Helen of Troy




When I showed this to another photographer recently, he said "I thought hers was the face that launched a thousand ships." Redoubt Enterprises has taken what is a commercial but justifyable decision to portray Helen wearing a Minoan dress. It is likely that the Myceneans and Trojans of the time wore similar dresses, which leave the breasts exposed. I was going to do a big close up of the face, for obvious reasons, but when I looked through the view-finder, I felt that the face as sculpted here, looked too closely akin to that of a blow-up doll, which I saw in the film Wilt. She is described as "fair", whatever that means. The hair-colours in Homer tend to be fairly north-European sounding. Menelaos is the "red-haired king", while other characters get called "tawny". Aphrodite is "golden".



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