Developing and Finalizing Idea II for FMP

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I would like to share my recent work on one of the FMP ideas for my study. For long time, I wasn’t sure what can I do for the third idea. Mostly I take photos of people and like to create stories but this time I chose still life inspiration from one of the greatest Polish painters who lived at the turn of the 19th and 20th century – Władysław Ślewiński. I found his art interesting and inspiring. There is something in his paintings that make me think about my country, my home and people who are close to my heart. I like his “simplicity and sincerity in places untouched by modern civilization as well as in objects of daily use”. In his art, he used mostly earth colours and he painted in flat areas.

I did a lot of research before I decided to recreate some of his paintings. Mostly I chose the one with everyday use objects like bottles, jars, fruits, and flowers.

I wanted to recreate the colours, the lighting but also put my ideas and vision in this project. I used simple objects which I fund in my kitchen and my house. I prepared the area and I used ambient light with small continues light from my mini portable still life studio.  As for the background, it has served me vinyl tile. You never know what can you find in your house and what can be very useful.

Composing the images

In postproduction I used Nik Collection plugin for Photoshop to edit the images. Below the final images.

 

I believe it was one of the most pleasant tasks I did. I wasn’t difficult to manage, organise the space and items (whatever I found in the house) The editing process wasn’t too complicated and time consuming. I really had a fun to work on this project.

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Exhibition preparation part 2

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Previous experience in preparation of space, wall, and display.

I had a chance working as a team while I exhibited my work at the end of year show for my level 3 course. We prepared everything ourselves. We have gotten only space and unprepared walls to design the layout, print our work, frame, and hang it. We also painted the walls, fix holes etc.

Before the week of preparation, I had some ideas about my final display, but at the end, it didn’t work due to cost and possibilities to find in short time suitable props. I designed in photoshop first how I see my stand on exhibition.

This is how I imagined my stand will look like.

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I borrowed the image with chair and table from Internet. I can’t remember exactly where I found it but it was perfect for the result I wanted to achieve. The images are mine and they I wanted to frame them firstly with grey colours frames. But again, I had not enough time and money to look for desired items so at the end I decided to use black frames. The idea partly was taken from exhibition I saw in Paris (The Paris Photo show)

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My photos after framing waiting to be transferred to the exhibition building (2013)

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The opening evening and private view (2013)

The exhibition was successful and very well received as by public as by professional viewer. The level of the work was described as an academic. The place transformed in few days so much and we put a lot of hard work in it. I only wish that I could complete my idea about the display but hopefully, I will be able to do for my upcoming exhibition in next week at the of my HND course.

Recent project and exhibition

What I plan for my recent project is more recognisable as a sacral art. With help of my partner, we built a Triptych Icon, where I am going to attach 3 images with stories from the life of Biblical Mary.

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The image of the wall and floor I found online and the table example as well. I do not have that tall table but I bought nice small one from a charity shop. I think about two different candle holders and to change the red candle for white.

I also bought visitors book.

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I have two handmade holders matching the icon: one for business cards and one for postcards, flyers.

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Exhibition preparation

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Research and analyses of exhibitions inferior design.

During my research, I was looking for different outcome like layout, frames, colours, props etc. I visited many exhibitions in the past two years and some impressed me with the way how the work was displayed.

I have always liked to visit galleries with painting because the style of my photography. I live in Birmingham and I had a chance to visit Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, which is one of my favourites. I was mostly looking for framing inspirations as I believed antique, heavy frames would be the most suitable for my fine art photography. My images look more like old paintings so that was the first considered choice for my frames.  https://www.timeout.com/birmingham/things-to-do/the-best-art-galleries-in-birmingham

What I like about the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is that every room looks different. The walls colours are suitable for the exhibited art and there are props displaed along the paintings. I like the beautiful gold frames and the layout of the hanging pictures.

Examples of Pre-Raphaelite art room

Alec Soth exhibition in London impressed me by the amount of the work, which the artist presented. I visited this place two years ago and what I noticed about the exhibitions rooms was that every room had a different colour and the artist used different types of framing and he printed the images on various papers qualities

One of the most amazing exhibitions I found in my own city Gdynia in Poland. It is a permanent exhibition of emigrations. The museum is located in a renovated building which was the old Marine Station and Transit Warehouse. It maintains the historical character of while the exhibition is contemporary interpretation. The museum is a live history of departures from the Polish lands for hundreds of years. Atypical area planning and cutting-edge multimedia like highly advanced visual and audio installation technologies to achieve the most impressive sensation for visitors.

It is wonderfully design and have something to offer to all age groups. Every room is different, full of treasures to discover. Sometimes people a little bored in galleries after a hour of walking between the same walls and displays, but in this place with each corridor there is a new excitement to experience. I know this is idea for a big exhibition not an individual artist but still worth to look at and adapt some inspirations.

 

Apart for big galleries rooms there are opportunities to present art work in small shops, café and even antiques shops, what I could find out during the visit in Cotswold district. I entranced Dale House Antiques/Art & Interiors. During the conversation about the place I mentioned that I am a photographer but my style is more like fine art and this place will be suitable to exhibit my work in between all the beautiful items. The person I spoke with asked me to show her my work and she was interested in my still life images. She gave me her business card and asked to contact her later regard  having a small  exhibition in the shop.

Some examples of wall design I found on internet

Next, I am going to talk about my previous experience with setting up my own exhibition and ideas for FMP exhibition, which takes place soon.

Building the frame for FMP. The idea and concept.

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As I mentioned before my main inspiration for the frame idea was taken from Icon Triptych. There are many shapes and sizes of icons. Some of them are only built with solid wood, and some are very rich in their embellishments. There is a special way to paint the icons, actually, the artists say to “write the icons” as it involves meditation and prayers when creating the works. The icons usually telling stories adapted from the life of the Holy Family, Bible or saints, but also it could show only the mentioned above figures.

For my project, I was looking for two different shapes: one with arches on 3 doors and one with one arch on the middle door only, and two square doors (left and right).

I prefer the second frame due to the shape but I didn’t  know if It will be possible to cut the top arch in this particular shape.

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Preparation took place in the Photoshop first, then I printed the sizes and the examples and I gave all the details to a person with who I collaborated the project from the technical side and who helped me to build the frame.

My two main choices for the icon triptych.

After consultation, we both decided to go and try to build the second one. All my prints are in size A3 and because I wanted to paint in gold around the frame we decided to add an inch to each side of the door.

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Progress in constructing the icon Firstly, we had

Firstly, we had to buy the pieces of wood and cut the shape.

The next step it was to go progressively finer in order to remove some of the roughness. When the wood was smoothed enough it was painted by using a special wood dye. I chose a colour, which was similar to the wooden icon I have at home and the one I saw in galleries and churches.

It was painted with a brush and let to dry.

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After the painting process finished hinges we’re screwed to the wood to help swing as it opens and closes the doors and connects linked objects. Once the hinges were installed the Icon was almost ready and now is going to be painted in gold (just the edges).

Applying more coats to make the wood darker

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Building little boxes for business and postcards

The idea came a little bit later but I think it was a good idea.  I was offered to create also little two boxes, which can fit my business cards and postcards or flyers. It was built in the same shape and colour as the icon.

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Gold leaf painting

I managed to get a few gold leafs from my friend, which were used during some renovation process in our church. I never tried this before but it was striking me since when I watched a TV program about the old method of using gold leaf. I know in the old ages they used a garlic instead of a glue to attach them to the wood.

I found an instruction and some tips how to gild the gold leaf under the link: http://www.studioarts.co.uk/links/hintsandtips/gildinggoldleafhintsandtips.htm

After a consultation with professional gold leaf user, I decided to choose easier option and buy another product, which was recommended in the art shop. It gives the same result and it is much easier to apply.

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The Icon Triptych ready for images

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Hanging options  As for hanging options I research different companies and their prices. Finally, I chose Poundland set over the Wilko because of reasonable the price.

As for hanging options, I research different companies and their prices. Finally, I chose Poundland set over the Wilko because of reasonable the price.

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The project wasn’t easy to make and it wouldn’t be possible without my partner help. We spent several days to create the frame. It required time patience and precision and obviously technical knowledge. Even my idea with gold leaf didn’t work I am still satisfied with the final outcome.


					

FMP/Idea I – Inspirational examples

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Of the artists who  I have chosen as an inspiration the main role play Pierre Mignard, a French painter well known from his court portraits. The second artist is: Lukas Cranach the Elder, a German Renaissance painter and print-maker in woodcut and engraving. Finally, the last painter is also German and he was also draughtsman and antiquary. All of them cover Renaissance period (1300 – 1700) even Mignarad is more described as Baroque artist.

There are the main inspirations for the Madonna and Child idea. For The Annunciation I chose more modern painters like James C. Christensen. He was an American artist of religious and fantasy art. I also research some religious work one of Pre-Raphaelites – Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his ‘Ecce Ancilla Domini!’ (The Annunciation). Another artist is an English classicist painter Arthur Hacker.

For the last idea of Our lady of Sorrow I researched some Italian and Flemish artists. Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, also known as Giovanni Battista Salvi, “was an Italian Baroque painter, known for his archaizing commitment to Raphael’s style”. Roger de la Pasture was an Early Netherlandish painter “whose surviving works consist mainly of religious triptychs, altarpieces and commissioned single and diptych portraits.” Wikipedia

Apart of this I present some images unknown artists. They also played important role in my project and served as inspirations.

Examples of paintings and clothes colours in historical and contemporary painting chosen for this project.

Madonna and Child — 17th century

Pierre Mignard (1612-1695) — The Virgin of the Grapes,1640-1650: The Louvre, Paris. France (699×900)

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Madonna with child and grapes

‘AUSTRIA – JANUARY 01: Zwettl, Lower Austria: Cisterciane monastery. Collections. Madonna with child and grapes by Lukas Cranach the Elder. 1516. Photography by Gerhard Trumler. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)’

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First decade 17th,  DANIEL FRÖSCHL (1572 – 1613)

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The  Annunciation
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti ‘Ecce Ancilla Domini!’ (The Annunciation) 1849-50

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Arthur Hacker ‘The Annunciation’, 1892

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Our Lady of Sorrows, “dedicated to Mary’s suffering and grief in union with her Son.Sassoferrato, Our Lady of Sorrows, 1685, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

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Rogier van der Weyden (Flemish, 1400-1464) Mater Dolorosa

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In my research I also used the World’s Great Madonnas page/ davenation.com/madonnas

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The idea I – explaining the new vision, manging timetable and organising props and costumes for the photo shoot.

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As my main idea for FMP developed further I would like to share with you the last updates. After reach research, I wasn’t sure which direction my project should go. It was about time, cost and finding suitable people for the role of Holy Family. I rethought it and I decided only to concentrate (for now) on the character of Mary and her son Jesus.

At the beginning, I wanted to show a few stages of Mary’s life, to begin with young girl images, through being a mother and end up with Mary as an old woman full of sorrow after his son death. I was thinking about a few portraits perhaps along with some biblical stories. but during the further browsing of Internet, I found interesting pictures, sometimes of unknown artists which helped me to complete my final idea for the project.

Firstly…I decided how many images I want to create eventually and how I am going to present them, so instead of 5 images I decided to create only 3 and present them as traditional Icon Triptych. I am going to shows three the most important events in the life of biblical Mary: the announcement, being a mother and her suffering after Jesus death. Mary has always been a central figure in Christianity and inspired many artists.

Secondly, I chose artists, which inspired me the most for this particular idea and which paintings I am going to partly recreate. I said partly as I wanted to put into the proposal my own concept and visions as well as keep the old and new masters’ compositions, colours palate and lighting.

Finally, I wanted to make sure it is manageable, which means that I can keep the timetable, planning schedule, organise the props list, set up maximum costs and achieve the desired result.

I start from the last position: I know I am good organised and very strict if it comes to time managing and planning, especially if I want to achieve something important. I was lucky to have a friend with suitable look for Mary character, which saved my time to look for models. Even better! My friend is the mother of 6 months old baby boy with looks of a little cherub.

After analising chosen images which I found on the Internet I had the vision in my head what kind of clothes and props I need for the photo session. As I am a big fan of antiques and vintage style items I collect them for some time now and store in my house. They always find photographic purpose as well as they serve very well as house land furniture and decorations.

There were 4 mains colours, which dominated in old religious paintings: blue, white, black and red. In a red dress, Mary was usually presented with the baby Jesus, with a blue or white shawl around her head and shoulders. Black colour often was used to portraiture Mary of sorrow. During the Annunciation, Mary usually wears a white dress. I successfully completed all the needed dresses and I found them in my own wardrobe.

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I also found scarves and other useful items in my house like pots and pitcher. I only had to invest small money into fruits, bread, and fresh lilies. I created myself  the crown of thorns from a hawthorn tree, which grows in my garden and I used my window curtain as a table cloth.

I tried to manage my time and money as best as I can and I believe I did this well. Time to present some inspiring artists.

 

Creative Unit and Holy Project

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The Beginning

My first idea was to develop project based on a song lyric “Time” by song writer, musician, and singer Rossie O’Sullivan, who I work with from January this year.

Due to Rossie sickness I had to postpone this idea until further notice. As I was prepared for any situation I created ideas for plan B and C.

My second choice was project based on work of many artists and different medias to start with Renaissance paintings.  As I mentioned alrady in my previous blog I am a big admire of fine art and several names of painters form various time I found inspired for particle this idea. I did deep research on Giotto, Leonardo Da Vici, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Vermeer not to mention a few big photography names like Victorian Julia Margaret Cameron and more contemporary photographer Julia Hetta, Ellen McDermott, Desiree Dolron. I also find very useful research on few other artists like: early Renaissance artist Agnolo Bronzino, French painter Elisabeth Sonrel, and my two very favourite painters and illustrators: Margaret Tarrant and Adolphe-William Bouguereau.

This project focused only on portraits of young Mary- Mother of God. I chose very young model for this idea- 9 years old Marisa. I think she was a perfect and she played her role with big devotion.

I collected and summarized not only the work of above mentioned artists: painters and photographers, but also biblical stories, Christians’ believes, prayers and song collected from common people and their humble faith. I used also for inspiration others illustrations, pictures, and paintings I found on Internet sometimes by unknown artists.

Examples of inspirational images I researched on Internet.

I divided my project on two parts as I wanted to create two different types of images. The first part was to recreate the style, colours, lighting of old masterpieces and the second one was to create little stories and place the character in different locations surrendered by symbolic objects of holly cult like white lilies which symbolise purity, innocent and in Christianity they are symbol of the Virgin Mary’s purity and her role of Queen of the Angels. The other symbols are: white doves and Crown [Gold the most common]. Quoting the: http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2014/12/virgin-mary-artTHE final canto of Dante’s “Paradiso” opens with euphoric praise not for the Son or the Father or even the Spirit, but the Mother:

Virgin mother, daughter of your son
Humbler and higher than any other creature…
You are she who so ennobled human nature
That nature’s very maker did not disdain
To himself be made by you.

The lines are an apt expression of the manifold contradictions embodied in the Christian mythology of Mary. “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea…Western art abounds with paintings and sculptures of the Virgin; indeed, until the 18th century, she was the single most frequently depicted female figure. But it is unusual to see so many together, organised not around a style or a period but the simple idea of Mary herself. She is an idea that changes markedly over the centuries. Her myriad titles give some indication of this: Virgin of Virgins, Holy Mother of God, Queen of all Saints, Queen of Mercy, Queen of Peace. A list on a wall of the exhibit goes on. But even as Mary’s representations shift to emphasise different facets of her role in Christian history, her essential qualities remain the same: faithfulness, devotion, humility, purity.”

Developing the project

I shoot the photos in my own studio, which is currently under reconstruction and development. I used two Bowens 500R heads with softbox and beauty dish.  I prepared (partly created by me) a costume for the girl based on my research from the net and by watching films like: Mary of Nazareth, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mary, and Jesus of Nazareth.

All the images were taken on grey backdrop. For some images advanced postproduction was required.

Photos selection and final choices

It is always the most difficult task for me to select the images and make the final choices.  After a thorough selection I decided to edit these images. What I was looking for it was the facial expression, the posture, the composition, the lighting and then my vision how I am going to use all of this while I will create the whole scene during editing.

I chose 4 photos at the biginning and I tried to work on them. Three of the photos I took  with using strobes and for the last one I used ambient light from my bedroom’s window. The bacground looks a bit messy on this perticular image, because it supposed to be a trial shoot only but it ended up being one of my final choices.

The editing took long time to achieve the result. I started in Adobe Lightroom then continue in Photoshop and Nik Collection. On some of the images I was mostly focusing on the girl face as I wanted to show something “heavenly” in her eyes, something innocent and pure and I think I achieved this look – Mary completely embedded in prayer with her eyes pointing to the sky. Mary has also halo around her head like on most of the religious paintings.

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The photo with doves was very difficult to edit as I needed to replace the background and create a scene in Jerusalem temple. I combined a few images to do it. The second and the third image was taken at an old cemetery in London and the white doves I photographed from my room windows as they often land there. I created in Photoshop rays of the sun on the top right corner to warm up a bit the image. She holds white dove and the another dove is near her feet.

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Portrait of Mary as a girl carrying bread. I decided to do only basic editing on this image and keep as a portrait. The bread has symbolic meaning. It is a bread for those who hungry and poor and it shows Mary generous nature. There is another meaning hidden in this photo.  Jesus- future son of Mary in some Christian believes gives himself in the Eucharist as spiritual nourishment, When the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ.

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The image with Mary praying with her eyes gazing down in humble pose, was quite difficult for me to edit as I wasn’t sure how I would like to present it. I changed a few times the idea. At the end, I left as a portrait.

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I experimented also with text and sepia colour to give more vintage look like from old prayer cards.

I also would like to continue to experiment with this image and try alternative processes like for example: cyanotype process. I may use natural sun or place under UV tubes.

Reflection

I found this project very creative and educational especially if it’s come to fine art and painters’ knowledge. I did a lot of research before I approached the photo session. I read books, magazines, I watched videos and listened interview with or about famous painters and photographers. Sacral art is very inspiring and almost every artist, especially in the past went through a period when they devoted their attention and time to produce memorable religious pieces.

I prepared myself the costume for a model and found many props in my house and charity shops, which were useful for this project.

I believe I only opened the doors to bigger idea and as I mentioned before this was prestart for my FMP. This project will continue and I hope to develop it in wider contest.

If it comes to the editing process it was time consuming and it required precision. I spent many hours on postproduction not always with successful outcome but I was determinate to achieve the effect I wanted. Some of this image were more difficult to edit due to photos combination.

There are 3 more images I would like to edit for this project but I am going to leave it for now as it is and I may back to it later as a new project or continuation of current one.

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Final Major Project: Ideas Part II

Idea 2 – Time Project

The project is based on a song lyric “Time” by song writer, musician, and singer Rosie O’Sullivan. The idea is to create series of photos, which are related to the song lyrics. My suggestion is to create surrealistic images full of hidden symbols, but in the same time with dreamy and longing atmosphere to match the soft, very female singer’s personality.

Inspirations

Ellen McDermott

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Ellen McDermott-Intuition

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Ellen McDermott always was one of my favourite artists. Her images are inspiring for me. I like her style and how she composes the photos. There is something nostalgic and mystery in her art. Symbol of tree and water seems to appear in almost every image. Her work is very surrealistic and as she said in her interview she loves to create her personal fantasy world.

Salvador Dali

Melting Clocks by Salvador Dali

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Salvador Dali needs no introduction. Who doesn’t know one of the most eccentric surrealistic artist with great talent of self-promoting himself. I like his precisely technique as he studied classic painters. He is mostly remembered for his painting of melting clocks. Selecting this artist was not accidental and I find examples of his work, especially the one with clocks  very suitable for this project.

The Persistence of Memory

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Maggie Taylor

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I chose Maggie Taylor mostly for her master class in advanced editing. She uses digital media and Photoshop to compose images. She takes her work viewers to another world – world of the imagination. She is the kind of artist I can related to, because her influences from paintings. “She takes old things and new things and merge them with technology” – and I like to do the same.

It is partly personal project between the singer and myself. I am currently involved in bigger project with Rosie and I am working with the artist on her new album which is going be released in October. The images are going appear on her CD cover, flyers, website, online promotions, and posters.

I could have categorised it as an advertisement and promotion. There is also another use for the context which mostly will benefit me as a photographer. This project will be uploaded on my website and social media and it can be used for exhibit design.

I am not sure yet about the outcome as I still looking for inspiration how to present this project.

Idea 3 – Still Life

This idea is in its very early stage and I have not title for the project yet. I can only say that I am going to produce still life images inspired by Polish painters. I am especially interested in work of Władysław Ślewiński.

Władysław Ślewiński, Martwa natura, 1902

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To be continued…

Final Major Project: Ideas

My creative adventure with studying photography on HND almost comes to the end and it is a time for the major project. I have a head full of inspiration and so many ideas and I would like to bring them to the light. Being creative is a process, such effects take time, perseverance. Shooting is not only a time spent with the camera, but also to expand a knowledge, broadening horizons and to look for interesting solutions, experimenting.

Idea I – Holy Project

My first choice is a project called The Holy Project due to the name of the subject and is based on work of many artists and different medias to start with Renaissance paintings. The main subject is Holy Family, especially Mary- Mother of Jesus.  I am a big admire of fine art and several names of painters from past I found inspired for particle this idea. I did deep research on Agnolo Bronzino, Guido Reni, Leonardo Da Vici, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Vermeer not to mention a few big photography names like Victorian Julia Margaret Cameron and more contemporary photographer Kristyn Brown and Pierre et Gilles. I also find very useful research on few other artists like: French painter Elisabeth Sonrel, and my two very favourite painters and illustrators: Margaret Tarrant and Adolphe-William Bouguereau.

The research and the inspirations

Mary by artist Agnolo Bronzino

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Madonna Orante, c.1640 by Guido Reni and Madonna by Vermeer

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This Renaissance masterpiece, the Sistine Madonna was painted by Raphael in 1512.

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If it comes to paintings I consider the techniques, colour pallet and lighting, trends, style, fashion etc. I want to create something reminding old master paintings like The Sistine Madonna by Raphael but also gave it fresh, a little more contemporary look.

Julia Margaret Cameron

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“Considering Julia’s Roman Catholic upbringing, and Charles Hay’s Unitarian leanings, and her own experience as a mother, it is not surprising that Julia made so many references to the Madonna and Child in her work. This fairly random collection from a Google search illustrates just how this Christian mother and child iconography features in her photographs.”

 

Virgin of the Angels (1881). Adolphe-William Bouguereau

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Lilies of the field. Margaret Tarrant.

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Ecce Ancilla Domini by Elisabeth Sonrel

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Why this project? The idea developed in me for last few years and the main trigger was for me to do something about when I found out that another photographer, American Kristyn Brown is developing similar idea. Her Project is called: “The Saint Project” while I gave mine a title: “Holy Project”.  Kristyn described her mission as: “The Saints Project is a photo series of Catholic saints portrayed by everyday people bringing focus to the true role models of our world. The Saints Project aims to involve the community by using “average” people in its portrayals. Unlike paintings or self-portraiture, The Saints Project calls people to stand in the shoes of a real Saint. To create unity during the creative process but also to bring us into communion with the saints of the past… The visual intent is to create images in a style we are used to seeing in today’s world. Photo manipulation is everywhere and The Saints Project is no different, using modern and relevant Photoshop techniques, the look of the project fits in with the world, but is not of the world.”

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To support my project by some extra theory I also read a book by one of the biggest mystic of the catholic church Maria of Agreda and her book” The Mystical City of God: Life of the Virgin Mother of God”, which is history of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as revealed by Our Lady to this 17th-century Spanish nun.

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If it comes to the final presentation I think about to print the project on fine art paper and frame it in old, traditional style. I consider charity shops and I am currently searching for vintage frame companies.

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Golden Age’ Hollywood Portraiture

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Golden Age era of Hollywood started in late 1920’s and continued to late 50’s. During this magical time, many new stars were born. Some of them become legends and iconic characters of American cinema not to mention such names as: Clark Gable, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

During Golden Age’ Hollywood Portraiture workshop I learned how to use in effective way continues lights and pastiche of the 1940’s style portrait. I chose as an inspiration image of Clark Gable. I remember his wonderful role of Rhett Butler in Gone with The Wind and I think he was one of the most famous actors of that time.

To begin with I researched many black and white photos of Clark Gable until I found the one I wanted to recreate.

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Firstly, I took a test shoot to see how to compose the whole image as I wanted to figure out how to pose and angle the body for this portrait.

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After I was satisfied with the trial photo my model and I we moved to the studio to set up the background, the lights and the props which in this case was a chair.  While I was analising the original image of Clark Gable I was aware of where the shadows fall on his face and the jacket. If even at the beginning everything seemed easy during the light seating and another trial shot I realised after short time that the lighting diagram I prepared for this image is not working.

I had no idea how difficult is to work with the old-style reflectors which heat up to very high temperature and how powerful they are. The first set of photos was overexposed so with an assistant help we moved the reflectors around to see if it make any differences. The most important thing I forgot about during the session it was to use the barn doors for the reflectors. When eventually we attached them to the lighting equipment the images started look much better. Barn doors surround the light with four flaps and control the amount of light. We can usually find them under “grip category of equipment’s.

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This is the result of the session before post-production process and converting the image to black and white.

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For the editing, I used Photoshop software and Nik Collection plug.

The final image and the original photo. I believe that the little mustache gives the model a bit of character and retro look   🙂

 

Summarizing the workshop, it wasn’t that easy task as I thought. It showed me that my technical knowledge need still be progressed and that not always what I planned it going to work smoothly. In photography industry, we often must create high quality images under time pressure so it’s better to have this in our mind before we start the shot. I still think my strong skills are in post-production. This is the part of photography which I enjoy the most.