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This was a different type of photograph for me. Usually the act of photography is a singular creative act to capture what is there. This was a supportive creative act to capture what the original artist had intended. I would describe this as Fine Art Photography.
This statue can be found outside Le Louvre in Le Jardin des Tuileries. It caught my eye during my first trip to Paris in Marche 2010. I tried a number of different perspectives before the simple solution occurred to me: shot from below the statue. I feel this low vantage point emphasises the weight of the sky upon the head of the statue.
The sky is bright and high above the statue. The clouds help to give definition and a sense of scale & distance to the sky. The tone of the sky is beautiful, but cold. The pale blue and the whites of the clouds enhance the sense of distance. This all comes together to give a sense of isolation to the statue.
I concentrated on bringing as much texture and definition to the statue itself. I wanted the viewer to be almost able to taste the material from which the statue was fashioned. I wanted the statue to be absolutely three dimensional. I particularly like the thick texture of the fingers and the shadows that sit between them.
I wanted the face of the statue to be in shadow, as though his thoughts are darkened and in shadow themselves. But I also wanted definition on the face and a tonality that allows the viewer to see the facial characteristics. The lightness of the hair forms a kind of hallow around the palmed face.
I then framed the photograph so that the statue’s plinth was just in the bottom of the shot. I feel this gives a greater sense of perspective and depth. However I didn’t want to distract the viewer, so I placed the plinth outside of the range of focus. This softness in the very foreground helps to emphasis the three dimensional presentation of the statue.
I’d like to think that the original artist would enjoy my rendering of his fabulous work.
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