Fine art photography in studio inspired from Danae by Jacob Van Loo

Fine art photography in studio - Inspired by Danae by Jacob Van Loo

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

This is my favourite image of this series. A special picture inspired by a great painting.  The texture of the fabrics and skin come up very well. I love the expressions of both models.  Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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The original painting

Danae by Jacob Van Loo
Danae by Jacob Van Loo

Jacob Van Loo  (1614- 1670)

Danaë, 1655-1660

Oil on canvas,62 x 74 cm (The Kremer Collection)

“Anyone who looks at Van Loo’s history paintings is bound to conclude that he had a penchant for drawing and painting nudes. This painting revolves around the story of Danaë, the daughter of Acrisius, king of Argos.

After an oracle foretold that she would give birth to a murderer, her father locked her up under the watchful eye of an old nurse. But Zeus assumed the form of a shower of golden rain and entered the chamber through the cracks in the roof; he impregnated Danaë, and in due course, she gave birth to Perseus. The prophecy was eventually fulfilled when Perseus accidentally killed his grandfather with a throw of the discus.

In the visual arts, Danaë unfailingly personifies chastity and virtue, although she appears to have acquired a more erotic flavour in this painting.

Van Loo has painted Danaë here on her bed, as she was frequently depicted in the seventeenth century, with the old maidservant at her side. By raising a red curtain, this old woman is presenting the scene of the nude Danaë to the viewer, as it were, thus imparting a mildly erotic atmosphere to the painting.

On the left, we see Zeus intruding in the form of golden rain.

While Rembrandt depicts Danaë receiving the golden radiance with mixed feelings – the woman seems torn between shock and joy. In Van Loo’s painting, she appears oblivious to the event, and indeed to be in rather a drowsy state. Her white skin contrasts beautifully with the multi-coloured sheets. Her figure is undoubtedly based on a life study.”

Fine art photography in studio inspired from Danae by Jacob Van Loo
Fine art photography in studio inspired from Danae by Jacob Van Loo

Team

Faezeh (model holding curtain)

Faezeh is an inspirational teacher who lives and breathes the notion that growing old does not mean slowing down.
Full of life and positivity, Faezeh has in recent years found new vigour in starting a modelling career at 62 years of age and is enjoying doing that.

She also harnesses all her energy in spreading the word about causes close to her heart, help people less fortunate and connect to friends all over the world – for she is a global citizen through and through.
Her life mantra is, “Don’t look at the end, look at the journey”

Claire (Danae)

was born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria and developed a love for performing at a young age. Throughout High School, she took singing, dancing and acting lessons, as well as completing VCE Drama.

Claire joined the Royal Australian Navy the year after she graduated from school and began a career as a Maritime Warfare Officer. During her eleven-year naval career, Claire completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours and a Masters of Philosophy, as well as progressing her primary naval qualifications of navigation, warfare and ship handling. She also completed various roles in aide du camp positions, representational duties, recruit training and instructing a deployment to the Middle East. She lived interstate and overseas for a decade before returning to the Mornington Peninsula with a posting to HMAS Cerberus in December 2014.

Claire maintained her love for performing despite the restrictions of her naval career through amateur productions, improvisation workshops, NIDA short courses, small plays and concerts. Since resigning from full-time naval service in September 2015, Claire has completed two VCA short courses, short drama pieces and two full-length plays with her local theatre company and is currently participating in the VCA Acting Studio part-time course.

In her spare time, Claire is a wine, beer and cider distributor, a life and leadership coach, and continues to conduct studies in English Literature. She is an avid horse rider, wine-fancier, animal-lover, part-time hair model and passionate about the development of others. She aspires to professional acting in Film, Theatre and Television and finds nothing more magical and enjoyable than transporting an audience into another world through a well-told story.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Isabella (Makeup artist)

Isabella is a Melbourne based makeup artist and has always had a passion for the creative field.
From an early age, she knew this was the path to take.
Isabella is a freelance makeup artist, who studied a Diploma of Specialist Makeup at the
Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty in 2015.  She has started building her portfolio with local photographers.

Recently Isabella participated in a short film called “ No Homo” at Swinburne University.
She is looking forward to expanding her portfolio.

References

  • KhanAcademy.org
  • Uffizi.org
  • Biography.com Editors. (14 May 2016). Artemisia Gentileschi Biography. Retrieved 23rd September 2016 from http://www.biography.com/people/artemisia-gentileschi-9308725#synopsis


Fine art photography in studio inspired by Portrait of a man and a woman by Robert Campin

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the portrait of a man and a woman by Robert Campin

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Inspired by famous fine art paintings, these photographs were taken within the studio as part of a series. I love European paintings, and this project was a technical exercise to experience at least some of the magic from the original work within the studio.

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The original paintings:

Robert Campin Portrait of a Man
Robert Campin Portrait of a Man
Robert Campin Portrait of a Woman
Robert Campin Portrait of a Woman

Robert Campin (1378/9 – 1444)

Portraits if a Man and a Woman, 1430-5

Oil, with some tempera, on oak, each portrait 41 x 28 cm (The National Gallery – London 653.1-2)

These portraits are believed to be painted by Robert Campin. The Portrait of a man and a woman were created as an individual, yet double portraits of a husband and wife.

The individual painting of the woman was crafted in soft textures, depicting a slight smile to her lips. Her hands are delicately placed on her lap with a small glance of a ring on her finger. As a double, the woman is facing in the direction of her husband as he faces her.

From the photographic result, the textures from the woman’s clothing and skin tones are replicated from the painting. Her smile and delicate position also reflect the original artwork’s composure. The photograph of the husband corresponds to these traits to reflect the double portrait.

Fine art photography in studio inspired by Portrait of a man and a woman by Robert Campin
Fine art photography in the studio inspired by Portrait of a man and a woman by Robert Campin

Fine art photography in studio inspired by Portrait of a man and a woman by Robert Campin
Fine art photography in the studio inspired by Portrait of a man and a woman by Robert Campin

Team

Samuel  – Model

Genie K (Model)

Genie has been a performer from a young age and has loved being on stage as a Ballroom Dancer on an international scale. She is also a doctor outside of performing arts and brings her passion and dedication to everything that she does.

Having won the title of Miss Earth Australia Water in 2015, Genie has found new confidence and has enjoyed coming back to performing and modelling. She is a hard worker, reliable, easy-going and fun-loving. She enjoys new experiences and challenges and is always willing to push her limits! Genie loves adventure and is also passionate about health and the environment.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Isabella (Makeup for Samuel)

Isabella is a Melbourne based makeup artist and she has always had a passion for the creative field.

From an early age, she knew this was the path to take.

Isabella is a freelance makeup artist, who studied a Diploma of Specialist Makeup at the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty in 2015.  She has started building her portfolio with local photographers.

Recently, Isabella participated in a short film called “No Homo” at Swinburne University.

She is looking forward to expanding her portfolio.

Emily (Makeup for Genie K)

Emily is a very experienced makeup artist. She has always had a passion for the industry and especially enjoys the creative side of photoshoots.



Fine art photography in studio inspired by Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

This is another beautiful and complex painting we tried to recreate in the studio. The original painting is just wonderful but maybe a bit on the violent side. This is a personal project by the commercial photographer Jose Aguiar. An interesting study of the very contrasting lights and strong shadows.

We could not recreate the blood spill from the original painting for obvious reasons, so we decided to capture a scene one second before the final stroke.

While almost all articles posted on this site are of the client’s work, this is a personal project and was not commissioned by any client.

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The original paintings:

judith beheading holofernes 1620
judith beheading holofernes 1620

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652)

Judith and Holofernes, 1620-21

Oil on canvas, 162.5 x 199 cm (Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Gentileschi, born in Rome, is recognised as one of the highest regarded female painters during the Baroque time period. Gentileschi began painting in 1610 under the guidance of her father, Orazio Gentileschi, who was an accomplished painter himself.

As mentioned in the video below, this painting is a Biblical interpretation of the widow Judith, her maidservant and the general of Assyria: Holofernes. The painting depicts the moment Judith severs the general’s head while her maidservant assists in holding him down.

The Baroque style in this artwork is highlighted in the shadows by contrasting colours from the subject’s bodies to the corners of their clothes and background. The photographic inspiration interpreted these attributes to the original, along with the brutal positions seen as Judith pushes Holofernes’ head into the sword.

Fine art photography in studio inspired by Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi
Fine art photography in studio inspired by Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi

Genie K (Model on top of image)

Genie has been a performer from a young age and has loved being on stage as a Ballroom Dancer on an international scale. She is also a doctor outside of performing arts and brings her passion and dedication to everything that she does.

Having won the title of Miss Earth Australia Water in 2015, Genie has found new confidence and has enjoyed coming back to performing and modelling. She is a hard worker, reliable, easy-going and fun-loving. She enjoys new experiences and challenges and is always willing to push her limits! Genie loves adventure and is also passionate about health and the environment.

Ivy (Model with sword)

Ivy has dedicated her life to the arts. In addition to acting, she sings, paints, figure skates, and has recently completed a Bachelor of Applied Music Performance in Piano.
She one day hopes to become a composer for films and games.

Nathan (Model)

Nathan is a full-time student who likes to do modelling/be an extra in tv productions and music videos on the side. So far he has had different experiences in this industry, such as being apart of a fine art project, an extra in both a TV show and music video, as well as modelling for promotional material for the VR Fringe Festival.

His passion lies in fitness and bodybuilding where he would love to get more experience in the fitness modelling industry.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Emily (Makeup  artist)

Emily is a very experienced makeup artist. She has always had a passion for the industry and especially enjoys the creative side of photoshoots.

References

  • KhanAcademy.org
  • Uffizi.org
  • Biography.com Editors. (14 May 2016). Artemisia Gentileschi Biography. Retrieved 23rd September 2016 from http://www.biography.com/people/artemisia-gentileschi-9308725#synopsis


Fine art photography in studio inspired by Samson and Delilah by Peter Paul Rubens

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Samson and Delilah by Peter Paul Rubens

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Fine art photography in studio

Samson and Delilah's original painting really impressed me by the amount of detail, the character’s body positions and the sophisticated background.

I was attracted by the challenge to position the models, to light the scene and to handle the background well. I had to try to recreate part of that masterpiece and live that experience.

As a preparation for this image, I painted two large boards by hand to create a background somehow similar to the luxurious brothel where the courtesan Delilah seduced Samson.

In the original painting, Samson is somehow red, probably due to the effect of the surroundings and candle light. I decided to make our Samson darker and our Delilah quite white to get a harder contrast.

It was very good to work with Claire, Kelvin, Faezeh and Luke in this quite difficult photo to recreate the positions of the hands, the candlelight, the shadows on Samson’s back and Delilah’s soft skin.

I hope you enjoy it and send me your comments.

The original painting

Samson and Delilah Peter Paul Rubens
Samson and Delilah Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Samson and Delilah between 1609-1610

Oil on wood, 185 x 205 cm (National Gallery – London)

Born in Siegen, Westphalia during the 16th century, Ruben was a landscape, portrait and historical painter. Known as a Baroque artist, Ruben focused his work on colour, clarity and immaculate attention to detail. With tension and drama between his subjects, Ruben successfully captured the attention of audiences through his storytelling.

This draws evidence from Ruben’s fine artwork: Samson and Delilah. The story behind this piece depicts a man (Samson) as the main subject, lying in the embrace of a woman (Delilah) who was paid to trick him into telling her the secret of how to weaken him.
Amongst other techniques, the use of lighting enabled the photographic representation to capture the textures and colour of skin tones and fabrics. Attention to hand and body positioning, along with facial expressions, makeup and costume selection; are also important points of focus when structuring the composition. Overall, the photographic result was successful to balance the close proximity of subjects into emotion as the original accomplishes.

Fine art photography in studio inspired by Samson and Delilah by Peter Paul Rubens
Fine art photography in the studio inspired by Samson and Delilah by Peter Paul Rubens
Samson and Delilah B&W
Samson and Delilah B&W

Faezeh top left holding candle.

Faezeh is an inspirational teacher who lives and breathes the notion that growing old does not mean slowing down.
Full of life and positivity, Faezeh has in recent years found new vigour in starting a modelling career at 62 years of age and is enjoying doing that.

She also harnesses all her energy in spreading the word about causes close to her heart, help people less fortunate and connect to friends all over the world – for she is a global citizen through and through.
Her life mantra is, “Don’t look at the end, look at the journey”

Claire (Delilah)

Claire was born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria and developed a love for performing at a young age. Throughout High School she took singing, dancing and acting lessons, as well as completing VCE Drama.

Claire joined the Royal Australian Navy the year after she graduated from school and began a career as a Maritime Warfare Officer. During her eleven-year naval career, Claire completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours and a Masters of Philosophy, as well as progressing her primary naval qualifications of navigation, warfare and ship handling. She also completed various roles in aide du camp positions, representational duties, recruit training and instructing a deployment to the Middle East. She lived interstate and overseas for a decade before returning to the Mornington Peninsula with a posting to HMAS Cerberus in December 2014.

Claire maintained her love for performing despite the restrictions of her naval career through amateur productions, improvisation workshops, NIDA short courses, small plays and concerts. Since resigning from full-time naval service in September 2015, Claire has completed two VCA short courses, short drama pieces and two full-length plays with her local theatre company and is currently participating in the VCA Acting Studio part-time course.

In her spare time, Claire is a wine, beer and cider distributor, a life and leadership coach, and continues to conduct studies in English Literature. She is an avid horse rider, wine-fancier, animal-lover, part-time hair model and passionate about the development of others. She aspires to professional acting in Film, Theatre and Television and finds nothing more magical and enjoyable than transporting an audience into another world through a well-told story.

Luke (Man in blue with scissors)

Over a concise period of time, Luke has been exposed to a large variety of theatre, film and photography based events. He has formal training in the fields of acting, improvisation, movement and voice.

After completing both the Theatre Arts course at Swinburne and full-time course at TAFTA. Luke now relishes the chance to push his skills further and step out of his comfort zone by engaging with different character personas and experimenting with emotion. Represented by ‘Select Actors Management’ and currently undertaking formal singing lessons, Luke maintains the training as a key element in persistence. Contact can be made by ‘Casting Networks’, ‘Showcast’ and ‘Star now.’

“Always be thankful for the opportunity to act.”

Kelvin (Samson)

Kelvin is 22 years old from Victoria, Australia. He is a creative, devoted, entertaining and professional individual who strives for perfection. His passion leads to photoshoots and runway/fashion shows. His career highlight up to date has been involved in the Positive runway show during the Aids conference held in Melbourne and gracing the runway for world designers in the Melbourne Spring fashion week 2015.

His main aim is to be involved in as many photoshoot and fashion parade/runway as possible to enhance his experience and take his career to the next level.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Emily (Makeup artist)

Emily is a very experienced makeup artist. She has always had a passion for the industry and especially enjoys the creative side of photoshoots.

References

  • Langmuir, E. The National Gallery Companion Guide. (pp. 246-247). National Gallery Company, London: Yale University Press.
  • Peter Paul Rubens Biography. (2002-2016). Retrieved 22nd September from http://www.peterpaulrubens.org/biography.html


Jael and Sisera - Fine art photography

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Jael and Sisera by Artemisia Gentileschi

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Fine art photography in studio

Continuing with the series of European paintings reproductions in the studio, this time I choose an action painting that is as beautiful as it is violent.

I found it quite unusual that the woman decided to kill the general in such a brutal and lethal way. Read more about this biblical story of seduction and betrayal. Enjoy, comment and share. Thanks.

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The original painting

Giaele-e-Sisara
Giaele & Sisara

Artemisia Gentileschi

Giaele e Sisara  1620

Oil on canvas, 86 x 125 cm (Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest)

In the Book of Judges, as the Canaanites menace the Israelites, the female prophet and military leader Deborah predicts that a woman will destroy the evil Canaanite warlord Sisera.

The Israelite armies under Deborah’s command push Sisera into retreat. As he flees, Jael invites him into her husband’s tent to take refreshment and sleep. She then nails his head into the ground with a tent spike.

According to other accounts, Sisera is a monstrous giant, whereas Jael variously lulls him into submission with her beauty and charm. Jael jams the spike through his head while Sisera is apparently awake and standing up, or has sex with him until he’s too exhausted to fight back and then drives the spike through his head.

Jael and Sisera - Fine art photography
Jael and Sisera - Fine art photography

Genie K (Model on top of image)

Genie has been a performer from a young age and has loved being on stage as a Ballroom Dancer on an international scale. She is also a doctor outside of performing arts and brings her passion and dedication to everything that she does.

Having won the title of Miss Earth Australia Water in 2015, Genie has found new confidence and has enjoyed coming back to performing and modelling. She is a hard worker, reliable, easy-going and fun-loving. She enjoys new experiences and challenges and is always willing to push her limits! Genie loves adventure and is also passionate about health and the environment.

Nathan Darma (Model)

Nathan is a full-time student who likes to do modelling/be an extra in tv productions and music videos on the side. So far he has had different experiences in this industry, such as being a part of a fine art project, an extra in both a TV show and music video, as well as modelling for promotional material for the VR Fringe Festival.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Emily (Makeup  artist)

Emily is a very experienced makeup artist and has her own business. She has always had a passion for the industry and especially enjoys the creative side of photoshoots.

References

  • Article by Griff Stecyk from sartle.com


Fine art photography in studio inspired by Woman with Pearl by Camille Corot

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Woman with Pearl by Camille Corot

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Fine art photography in studio

Inspired by a famous fine art painting from the Louvre museum, I (Jose), photographed the very talent and beautiful model Seema as a 16th-century peasant country girl. The portrait tried to recreate the serene look from the original.

Read about the original painting and check the results of our reproduction here. There are two versions that I love. Can you tell me which one you prefer and why?

This is a personal project and was not commissioned by any client.

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The original painting

Camille Corot - Woman with a Pearl
Camille Corot - Woman with a Pearl


Camille Corot (1796-1875)

Woman with Pearl, ca 1868-1870

Oil on canvas, 70 x 55 cm (Louvre museum – Paris – Third-floor room 64/69)

Corot, born in Paris, was a nineteenth-century artist who began mastering the skill of landscapes in 1825. His career began at the Paris Salon where his 1827 piece titled The Bridge at Narni was displayed. After continuous success at the Paris Salon, Corot began travelling throughout Europe for inspiration in his work. By 1870, Corot furthered his talents to portraits of women, such as Woman with Pearl.

The Woman with Pearl portrait holds a similar appearance to the Mona Lisa. The faint smile, hands resting idly and earthy colours much like the landscapes Corot coheres to, are all attributed in Leonardo De Vinci’s portrait. However, the carefully coloured background in Corot’s own work complements the subject’s features with the earthy colours matching her garments and complexion.

The photographic result depicts a flower veiling the subject’s forehead as the representation of the pearl symbol; appearing as a leaf in the original. Overall, the image captures the impression of the subject in the original fine art painting as a positive reflection.

Fine art photography in studio inspired by Woman with Pearl by Camille Corot
Fine art photography in the studio inspired by Woman with Pearl by Camille Corot
Woman with Pearl with Seema
Woman with Pearl with Seema

Seema – Model

Seema Varma has been working as an aspiring model for the last 7 months. She has a huge passion for acting and modelling and loves being in front of the camera. She mainly shoots fashion, real-life and people. However, Seema also enjoys creative projects like dress up and body part modelling.

The first project she participated in consisted of recreating a fine art depiction of a young girl living the life of a peasant from 1700-1800. This experience has opened many doors, to which she is currently modelling for Real People Agency and individual photographers.

Seema is available for photoshoots within Victoria (mainly Melbourne) and Sydney, but preferably Melbourne due to her studies at university. She is 5ft tall, with long natural black hair and tanned skin, which makes her a good model for fashion shoots.

Seema is happy to take upon any project in order to gain more experience.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Emily (Makeup artist)

Emily is a very experienced makeup artist. She has always had a passion for the industry and especially enjoys the creative side of photoshoots.

References

  • Konemann – Gabriele Bartz & Eberhard Konig.  Art & Architecture THE LOUVRE (pp. 415-417).
  • Biography.com Editors. Camille Corot Biography. (2nd April 2014). Retrieved 23rd September from http://www.biography.com/people/camille-corot-9258097#artistic-influences-and-impact
  • Marechalle, S. (2009). Woman with the Pearl. Retrieved 23rd September 2016 from http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/woman-pearl


Fine art photography in studio inspired by Flora by Tiziano Vercellio

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Flora by Tiziano Vercellio

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Fine art photography in studio

I love this beautiful 16th-century painting! It is in one of my favourite museums in the world, the Uffizi museum in Florence.

We tried to replicate the original masterpiece look with Ivy and Claire. Check the result here, share if you want and let me know what you think.

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The original painting

Flora by Tiziano Vecellio
Flora by Tiziano Vecellio

Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) 1485-1576

Flora, 1488-1576

Oil on canvas, 79.7 x 63.5 cm (Tiziano Room, Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

Titian, also known as Tiziano Vecellio, was a highly acclaimed Italian painter in the 16th century, acting as a leading painter of the Venetian School during the Renaissance. 

Flora, also recognised as the beauty of Venice, is the main subject holding a bundle of flowers in her hand. Some say the woman was the artist’s lover, the name Flora was just used as a means of expression. 

Overall, the painting expresses a desire for beauty and elegance from the artist and society. These traits were implemented into the photographs as inspiration from the fine art original. 

“This work is with strong and intense topicality, the beauty of Venice in the oil painting was holding a bunch of flowers. The whole image was like the blossoming flowers, which makes people couldn’t help admiring. It was said that the beauty in the picture was the lover of the painter. He just borrowed the name of Flora to express his admiration for his sweetheart. The beauty turned to look down, dedicated and contemplative. It seemed that because of the turning action, her loose underwear fell naturally. The plump breasts appeared the golden hair sprinkled on the round shoulders, in sharp contrast to the full life body. The robust body revealed the youth vigour. The entire image gives audiences a sense of elegance and solemn.”

Extracted from Artisoo website

Fine art photography in studio inspired by Flora by Tiziano Vercellio
Fine art photography in studio inspired by Flora by Tiziano Vercellio
Flora with Ivy
Flora with Ivy

Team

Ivy Rose (Brunet Model )

Ivy has dedicated her life to the arts. In addition to acting, she sings, paints, figure skates, and has recently completed a Bachelor of Applied Music Performance in Piano.
She one day hopes to become a composer for films and games.

Claire (Model with red hair)

She was born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria and developed a love for performing at a young age. Throughout High School, she took singing, dancing and acting lessons, as well as completing VCE Drama.

Claire joined the Royal Australian Navy the year after she graduated from school and began a career as a Maritime Warfare Officer. During her eleven-year naval career, Claire completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours and a Masters of Philosophy, as well as progressing her primary naval qualifications of navigation, warfare and ship handling. She also completed various roles in aide du camp positions, representational duties, recruit training and instructing a deployment to the Middle East. She lived interstate and overseas for a decade before returning to the Mornington Peninsula with a posting to HMAS Cerberus in December 2014.

Claire maintained her love for performing despite the restrictions of her naval career through amateur productions, improvisation workshops, NIDA short courses, small plays and concerts. Since resigning from full-time naval service in September 2015, Claire has completed two VCA short courses, short drama pieces and two full-length plays with her local theatre company and is currently participating in the VCA Acting Studio part-time course.

In her spare time, Claire is a wine, beer and cider distributor, a life and leadership coach, and continues to conduct studies in English Literature. She is an avid horse rider, wine-fancier, animal-lover, part-time hair model and passionate about the development of others. She aspires to professional acting in Film, Theatre and Television and finds nothing more magical and enjoyable than transporting an audience into another world through a well-told story.

Debbie Jenkins (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Emily (Makeup artist)

Emily is a very experienced makeup artist. She has always had a passion for the industry and especially enjoys the creative side of photoshoots.

References

  • Virtual Uffizi
  • Uffizi Gallery


Portraits inspired by the painting The

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Virgin in Prayer by Sassoferrato

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Fine art photography in studio

This is the second article about a personal project to create portraits inspired by famous fine art paintings.

Here you will read about the original painting and check the photographic results.  I photographed two great models for this and I loved the results we achieved in both cases.

A print version of the photo with Natasha has received a silver award in the 2016 AIPP awards (APPA).

Can you send me your comments? Which image do you like best?

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The original painting

Virgin in prayer Sassoferrato
Virgin in prayer Sassoferrato

Sassoferrato  (1609 – 1685)

The Virgin in Prayer,  1640 – 50

Oil on canvas, 73 x 58 cm (The National Gallery – London – Third-floor room 29/31)

Sassoferrato, also known as Giovanni Battista Salvi, was a seventeenth-century Italian painter. His artwork was largely influenced by fifteenth and sixteenth-century artists such as Guido Reni (1575-1642) and Pierre Mignard (1612-1695). Sassoferrato’s paintings hold immaculate attention to detail within the use of shadows and soft textures of blue, red and off whites.

As seen in The Virgin in Prayer, the subject’s headdress is brightly lit while shadows are softly cast over her face. This technique offers a sense of humility and purity as the virgin’s line of direction is correspondingly downcast. While the virgin appears to be distant from the observer, it nevertheless holds a tender position as a nurse watches over a patient or a mother over her child.

Read more about this painting using the following link:

Sassoferrato at the National Gallery of Victoria

Portraits inspired by the painting The "Virgin in Prayer" by Sassoferrato
Portraits inspired by the painting The "Virgin in Prayer" by Sassoferrato
Portraits inspired by the painting The "Virgin in Prayer" by Sassoferrato
Portraits inspired by the painting The "Virgin in Prayer" by Sassoferrato

Team

Natasha is 19 years old and enjoys acting in her spare time. In the future, she hopes this passion develops into a career. She is currently working as a children’s entertainer focusing mostly on birthday parties, school fetes, and kindergarten programmes.

Tash enjoys putting herself out there for new experiences and stepping out of her comfort zone.

Genie K

Genie has been a performer from a young age and has loved being on stage as a Ballroom Dancer on an international scale. She is also a doctor outside of performing arts and brings her passion and dedication to everything that she does.

Having won the title of Miss Earth Australia Water in 2015, Genie has found new confidence and has enjoyed coming back to performing and modelling. She is a hard worker, reliable, easy-going and fun-loving. She enjoys new experiences and challenges and is always willing to push her limits! Genie loves adventure and is also passionate about health and the environment.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Isabella (Makeup artist)

Isabella is a Melbourne based makeup artist and she has always had a passion for the creative field.

From an early age, she knew this was the path to take.

Isabella is a freelance makeup artist, who studied a Diploma of Specialist Makeup at the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty in 2015.  She has started building her portfolio with local photographers.

Recently, Isabella participated in a short film called “No Homo” at Swinburne University.

References

  • Langmuir, E. The National Gallery Companion Guide. (pp. 252-254). National Gallery Company, London: Yale University Press.
  • Vaughan, G. (n.d.). Sassoferrato at The National Gallery of Victoria. Retrieved from http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/essay/sassoferrato-at-the-national-gallery-of-victoria/


Fine art photography in studio inspired by Le Peasant family by Louis Le Nain

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Le Peasant family by Louis Le Nain

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Fine art photography in studio

Inspired by famous fine art paintings, these photographs were taken within the studio as part of a series. This is a personal project and was not commissioned by any client. I love European paintings, so this project was a technical exercise to execute at least some of the magic from the original work within the studio.

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The original painting

Louis Le Nain Le Peasant family
Louis Le Nain Le Peasant family

Louis (or Antoine) Le Main (1600/1610-1648)

The Peasant Family, ca 1642

Oil on canvas, 113 x 159 cm (Louvre museum – Paris – Third-floor room 29/31)

The debate between which artist created the painting rests between the Le Main brothers (Louis and Antoine) who shared a very similar style of work. Due to an epidemic, these brothers died within two days of each other.

The brothers focused on contrasting dark and light colours within objects, subjects and backgrounds in their artwork. Highlighting the shadows against light sharpens the objects and the subject’s expressions. This technique allows an eerie/discomforting impression for the audience as some subjects are looking away while others are seemingly staring at you.

The Photographic inspiration draws closer to the family at the table. The first image seen below shows the family facing one another, while the second adapts more of the original artwork by their inconsistent line of direction. Another fine art trait both photos have adopted include the use of contrast in colour. The black background against the light coloured garments allows a similar distinguished appearance the Le Main brothers practised in their own work.

Fine art photography in studio inspired by Le Peasant family by Louis Le Nain
Fine art photography in studio inspired by Le Peasant family by Louis Le Nain
Fine art photography in studio inspired by Le Peasant family by Louis Le Nain
Fine art photography in the studio inspired by Le Peasant family by Louis Le Nain

Team

Faezeh left holding the jar.

Faezeh is an inspirational teacher who lives and breathes the notion that growing old does not mean slowing down.

Full of life and positivity, Faezeh has in recent years found new vigour in starting a modelling career at 62 years of age and is enjoying doing that.

Jess (Ivy) (right side with hand over the table)

Ivy has dedicated her life to the arts. In addition to acting, she sings, paints, figure skates, and has recently completed a Bachelor of Applied Music Performance in Piano.
She one day hopes to become a composer for films and games.

Genie K (Second girl from left to right)

Genie has been a performer from a young age and has loved being on stage as a Ballroom Dancer on an international scale. She is also a doctor outside of performing arts and brings her passion and dedication to everything that she does.

Kelvin (Man with hat)

Kelvin is 22 years old from Victoria, Australia. He is a creative, devoted, entertaining and professional individual who strives for perfection. His passion leads to photoshoots and runway/fashion shows. His career highlight up to date was been involved in the Positive runway show during the Aids conference held in Melbourne, and gracing the runway for world designers in the Melbourne Spring fashion week 2015.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was really a pleasure and fun working with Debbie.

Emily (Makeup artist)

Emily is a very experienced makeup artist. She has always had a passion for the industry and especially enjoys the creative side of photoshoots.

References

  • Konemann – Gabriele Bartz & Eberhard Konig.  Art & Architecture THE LOUVRE (pp. 394).


Dona Isabel de Porcel with Tash

Fine art photography in the studio - Inspired by the painting Dona Isabel de Porcel by Francisco de Goya

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Fine art photography in studio

Portraits inspired by the painting Doña Isabel de Porcel by Francisco De Goya

I might have been infected by a virus that compels me to enter all museums and art galleries and pinacothèque I can. This happened during my first visit to the Louvre museum 30 years ago. Since that day, I have visited numerous museums in many countries. The European paintings from the 1600s to the 1800s are my favourites.

My personal work has been primarily about landscapes, cities and everyday life events but this project was quite different. This project is a technical exercise to recreate some of the magic of great masters paintings in the studio.

The objective was not to replicate the original painting in all details but to be inspired by the original work. The technical exercise of lighting and posing is only part of the creation. The costumes and props used as well as the hairstyle and makeup were also inspired by the original work. A time travel experience for all involved.

This is the first article of a series. Click on the images inside the article to zoom in.

Enjoy.

Jose Aguiar

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The original painting

Portrait of Doña Isabel de Porcel by Francisco Goya
Portrait of Doña Isabel de Porcel by Francisco Goya

Francisco De Goya (1746-1828)

Doña Isabel de Porcel, <1805

Oil on canvas, 82 x 55 cm

Born in Spain during the 18th-19th century, Goya’s astounding success began in 1786 as the King’s portrait painter and later as a court painter in 1789.

It’s believed Goya painted Doña Isabel and her husband, Don Antonio, as individual portraits to thank them for their hospitality. However, Antonio’s portrait was later destroyed by a fire in 1953.

Tash Jenkins and Megan Mitchell contributed as individual models within the photograph. Inspiring both elegance and posture as the original fine art painting expresses.

Read more about the painting displayed in The National Gallery, London, and watch the short video about the painting.

Dona Isabel de Porcel With Megan
Dona Isabel de Porcel With Megan
Dona Isabel de Porcel with Tash
Dona Isabel de Porcel with Tash

Team

Megan is studying an acting course part-time at 16th street, “improv at The Improv Conspiracy”. Megan is modelling when she has a chance and looking for more involvement in the arts. She graduated with an economics/finance bachelor of commerce last year and is embracing her creativity.

Natasha  is 19 years old and enjoys acting in her spare time. In the future, she hopes this passion develops into a career. She is currently working as a children’s entertainer focusing mostly on birthday parties, school fetes, and kindergarten programmes.

Debbie (Costume designer)

Debbie is the head of the wardrobe for the National theatre ballet in the National Theatre in St Kilda since 2008 and has participated in numerous professional productions in Melbourne and all around Australia. It was a real pleasure, and a lot of fun working with Debbie.

Isabella Linaker-Kappos (Makeup artist)

Isabella is a Melbourne based makeup artist and has always had a passion for the creative field.
From an early age, she knew this was the path to take.
Isabella is a freelance makeup artist, who studied a Diploma of Specialist Makeup at the
Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty in 2015.  She has started building her portfolio with local photographers.

References

  • Langmuir, E. The National Gallery Companion Guide. (pp. 30). National Gallery Company, London: Yale University Press.
  • Langmuir, E. The National Gallery Companion Guide. (pp.302-303). National Gallery Company, London: Yale University Press.
  • Precindo, P. (2009). Museo Nacional del Prado (1st)(pp. 375).
  • Francisco De Goya – the Complete Works. (2002-2016). Retrieved 22 September 2016 from http://www.franciscodegoya.net/biography.html
  • Read more on https://www.artsy.net/artist/francisco-de-goya


Woman on window 1

Two silver awards in APPA 2015

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Why I sent these images to APPA 2015

Following from the previous post about the upside-down city of Diamantina, this article comments on the other photos.

This print has received a Silver award. The stairs create an optical illusion and it takes a few seconds to understand which part of the stair is going up or down. The metalwork is exquisite and the old hardwood fits very well with the building. (click to see it bigger)

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Stairs-with-Silver Logo
Stairs-with-Silver Logo

Old timber and metal stair were photographed from under the stairs. Silver award APPA 2015. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

This is a simple image that did not impress the judges well. I believe the judges are correct. It is a too simple image but I love it. The print shows signs of time. The story of a time when religion was more important than today. The church and the nice big clock are still resisting the time despite abandonment by the society shown by the grass and the distressed paintings. The composition is balanced and interesting with parallel lines, triangles and balancing details (columns on down on left and up on right).  The happy colour palette with the yellows and a blue sky gives hope while keeping it all true.

Perhaps it is only an old clock in an old church but I like it. Please send your comments. What do you see? Like?

Clock in old church 1
Clock in an old church

The clock of Saint Francis church in Sabara Minas Gerais Brazil

This portrait was taken in a very small village close to Milho Verde town that is also a very small place close to the city of Serro in Minas Gerais Brazil.

She is a very nice and religious woman. She takes care of herself with local herbal tea while waiting for the very rare doctor's visit to the community centre. She grows a few vegetables in the garden and has some truly free-range chicken. A simple and honest life.

For this print, I only desaturated the image and cropped it in order to show the window dividing the image in half. Her face, her look and her pose tells a lot. I love the texture of the old timber, her face and her hands.

What do you think?  Send me your comments.

Woman on window 1
Woman on window 1

The print on display:

Print on wall at Awards
Print on the wall at The Awards


Diamantina with Silver Logo

Upside down silver award in AIPP APPA 2015

The original article was written when Zoom Studio was named Aguiar Photography.

Photography perspective and optical illusion scores silver

Canon  - APPA is the Australian Institute of Professional Photography annual national awards competition. It is a competition entered only by professional photographers and year after year has produced incredibly beautiful prints.

This year it happened at the Melbourne Convention Centre as part of the Digital Show from 16 to 18 October 2015.  It is an event entered by more than 600 photographers and close to 3000 prints are judged.

Back to my entries for this year and the title of this post. You will understand it all soon.

This year I was very busy working on client's projects and in printing for other photographers and left my submissions to the last few days. I selected 6 images that I like and start working on them.

I start with asking myself what is interesting or good in the image. The next step is to find a crop that helps in showing what it is that I like. From that point, I start colour adjustments and luminosity changes and create versions. I normally print the top two versions and select the best.

The next steps are smaller local changes or retouches that may improve the image on their last 5 %. Perhaps a small reduction of a green tint in the whites of local sharpness on an area or mid-tone contrast on another area.

Well, this year I worked on one image from a small historic town (Diamantina - Minas Gerais - Brazil). I took this photo from the top of a mountain using a telephoto lens. The distance compresses the perspective of the houses (not the telephoto lens and some photographers may believe). The image was nice but was it special?

I showed a series of crops of the image to some friends and one of them picked up the image upside down and noticed that it creates an interesting optical illusion.

One very handy technique to analyse an image is to see it upside down. Your mind will lose the normal interpretation of the image and start searching for light and contrast points. It gives you a better understanding of "hot" points on the image and if they help or distract from the main subject or story.

It gave me another way to appreciate the photo. I am adding here a few variances of the photo and I would love to receive your comments.

This is the "normal" view (click to see bigger):

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Silver Award APPA 2015 Normal View
Silver Award APPA 2015 Normal View

Historic city centre of Diamantina Minas Gerais Brazil.

This is the image that received the Silver Award. I love both of them. Which one do you prefer?

Diamantina with Silver Logo
Diamantina with Silver Logo

Panoramic view of Diamantina city in the state of Minas Gerais Brazil.

Diamantina Wide View
Diamantina Wide View

In the next post, I will show you the other image that received another Silver award and the ones that did not.

Photo of me with the upside-down picture on the wall. Thanks to Christopher for this photo.


The print on display:

Print on wal at APPA
Print on wal at APPA

Other articles


Appa 2014 Gold with Distinction tomb with man

Gold with Distinction Award in APPA 2014

Gold with distinction, Silver with distinction and a Silver award in Canon AIPP Awards 2014.

Aguiar Photography's main photographer, Jose, has received the results of his submission to the AIPP - Canon awards 2014.

This photography competition is an annual event where professional photographers submit their work to be judged by other professionals.

Each image is presented to a panel of professionals and each one gives a score to the image. The final score is the majority of the individual scores.

When the judge's scores vary more than 5 points, they start a very interesting debate of the technical and artistic characteristics of the image. On this page, you can watch the judging of these images.

The following are guidelines used by the Judges when scoring an image :

95 – 100 Gold with Distinction- "Exceptional Execution, distinctive visual communication with exceptional levels of creativity, interpretation and emotion"
90 – 94 Gold - "Excellence in Execution, superb visual communication, interpretation or emotion"
85 – 89 Silver with Distinction - "Superior execution, very high standard of Professional Practice with superior visual communication, interpretation or emotion"
80 – 84 Silver - "AIPP Award Level, Exceeds standard of Professional Practice with high levels of imagination, craft or skill"
78 – 79 Half merit point, not quite full Award standard - "Approaching Award Level"
70 – 77 Below award standard - "Professional Practice - Below Award Level, expected standard of a professional, showing proficiency in execution and technique, but does not meet AIPP Award criteria"
68 - 69 Approaching Professional Practice
50 - 67 Below Professional Practice

Some interesting statistics:

There were 759 entrants submitting 2789 images and only 21 images achieved the Gold with Distinction award (0.8%). There were 256 that achieved a Silver with Distinction award (9.2%) and 907 images achieved a Silver award (32.5%).

Ok, let's see these images (click on them to see larger):

Appa 2014 Gold with Distinction tomb with man with txt
Appa 2014 Gold with Distinction tomb with man with txt
Appa 2014 Silver award font
Appa 2014 Silver award font
Appa 2014 Silver Distinction GreenDoor
Appa 2014 Silver Distinction GreenDoor
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