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Life by Paul Tupman

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Following on from my earlier pregnancy shots of friends out here in Riyadh, I gave the new shots with little Kennedy a softer sepia look, one which I found suited the baby photos. To accompany these I decided to take another look at one of the more successful earlier shots to include in this series. The original colour version still remains and can be seen here

I thought the title quite fitting…

Life, perhaps one of the nicer 4 letter words from the English Language…
and just as important all around the world.

حياة – Arabic
живот – Bulgarian
生命 – Chinese
život – Czech
Leven – Dutch
Life – English
Elämä – Finnish
Vie – French
Leben – German
Ζωή – Greek
Vita – Italian
生活 – Japanese
삶 – Korean
Życie – Polish
Vida – Portuguese
Viaţă – Romanian
Жизнь – Russian
Liv – Swedish


  • Daniel Rayfield
    Daniel Rayfieldover 6 years ago


  • Thanks again Daniel.. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • midzing
    midzingover 6 years ago

    awesome work,,,, well done

  • Thanks as always midzing.. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 6 years ago


  • Thanks Denis… and for all the earlier favourites. Very much appreciated. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • drjones
    drjonesover 6 years ago

    I remember looking at your work before this treatment and thinking how spectacular it was. Instead of producing something better or worse, you have produced something that is equally beautiful in its own right. Well done! Have you used the dodge tool around the model? I’m by far NOT an expert with photoshop so i may well be wrong, but this reminds me of a piece of work i saw on RB where the lady used just te dodge tool.

  • Hi drjones… I’m so glad that you wrote that, as that is exactly what I wanted to acheive.. a new artwork in its own right. I and my friends are so happy with the original, but with the new shots I wanted to include this shot processed in the same style. Actually the other shots came about after dealing with the extremely hot and bright conditions out here in Saudi during summer.. even first thing in the morning! Already faced with an extremely flat and bright sky I played around with levels and contrasts and yes, the dodge tool to acheive the final look.
    If anyone knows of the explorer Wilfred Thesiger, I was also inspired by some of his old photos of Saudi Arabia.

    – Paul Tupman

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 6 years ago

    Superb Tones Paul. The stark white background just really draws your attention to your subject instantly with the black clothing and shawl really grabbing the eye first and foremost. From here your eye just gently soothes over the calming ripples and out of the shot.

    Thanks for the Foreign language lesson (I came on in a study break at College from Financial Reporting and wasn’t expecting to see that LOL)

  • drjones
    drjonesover 6 years ago

    Well you’ve done a great job Paul! I’m treking 125 miles from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea in November…I’m hoping to get some desert shots too…your work is so inspirational.

  • Thanks again drjones… I visited the Dead Sea a few years ago, aswell as some other great locations in Jordan.. its a wonderful and fascinating place. If you can, be sure to visit Petra and for desert shots, Wadi Rum is a sure fire winner!

    – Paul Tupman

  • Paul Tupman
    Paul Tupmanover 6 years ago

    Thanks so much Stuart.. I was really pleased with the way the strong contrasts played with the softness of these shots…
    You’re welcome to the language lesson… I bet you can’t pronounce them all though! ;-)

  • Rachel Leigh
    Rachel Leighover 6 years ago

    Very lovely, great work… and rework :)

  • Thank you Rachel.. :-)

    – Paul Tupman

  • lex7
    lex7over 6 years ago

    As always your work is inspiring. The black and white is dramatic.. you are quite good at these black and whites…This is probably reading to much into it.. but one of the reasons I love this piece is because the world is represented as being such a big place, but the birth of a child is a monumental event… this piece represents that for me by the pregnant woman being in stark contrast to the surroundings.. very beautiful.

  • Thanks Lexie for your insight into this.. it was kind of what I was thinking when I reworked this image to accompany the new shots and was looking for another title. No matter where you are or who you are, the big picture always boils down to the same thing. Sometimes it’s too easy to get caught up in everything else and forget that…
    Oh, and I’ll get my thinking cap on.. I’ve definately found maternity shoots to be one of the most beautiful subjects and it was all about capturing that splendour in a unique way. Shooting from a distance allowed Merridy to feel more at ease and pose naturally in her surroundings, which for me was one of the successes of this shoot.

    – Paul Tupman

  • lex7
    lex7over 6 years ago

    Ohhh.. I am doing my first maternity shot in a few days.. any suggestions… : )

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