I love this shot of Rosario Dawson from the film 7 Pounds (2008). The way her hair and face are  partially submerged in the bath water remind me of Millais’ painting of Ophelia. Underwater, her hair  takes on a hazy, airbrushed texture, almost like ink drops bleeding in water… Dawson’s facial expression is flawless, subtly expressing an incredible amount of emotion. I also like how the shade of her eye shadow complements the colour of her lips, all enhanced by her honey-hued skin, and how the curvy shape of the bath frames her, cocoon-like. Its a perfect, perfect composition.

Drowning By Numbers: Millais’ Ophelia

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