With my current work in portrait photography, I am continually drawn to portrait paintings of a certain era (late 1800s early 1900s). While I do not dream of my portraits...I know exactly what Van Gogh meant by this....I find my inspiration in these portraits and they draw me in. Once drawn in, I cannot settle until I have photographed it. The Portrait of Louise Antoinette by Millet at the Getty is my inspiration for the next set of images. The words 'sitting for a portrait" evokes grandeur and glamour and all things rich and sumptuous. This portrait, on the other hand, speaks to me of an 'every' person. Jean Francois Millet was an artist who spent most of his life painting rural landscapes depicting the hard and harsh work of peasants. He is the founder of the Barbizon school and is influenced by naturalism or realism. This, portrait of his friends new bride, is one of the few portraits he painted.
A little change in the clothing and we took the same portraits to all things glamorous and wealth. This got me to thinking......a 100 years from now, what will people think of our portraits? Will they exist in this transient digital age? .......
If an images speaks to you, i would love to recreate it for you. Have a happy fourth everyone
heres what Tina had to say.
The brilliance of Kapupatelphotography.com with Kapu at the helm and Meena Tiwari behind the brush made this scrumptious afternoon session a whirlwind of fun, fancy, and infinitely creative artisanship.
I was so nervous walking into the studio that I spilled my entire cup of coffee - just purchased- all over my button down and jeans. Within minutes Kapu and Meena had me settled, more relaxed, and feeling comfortable in their world.
We started the shoot with the period piece. An amazing thing happened with each click of the camera. I took on a new persona that was surprising to me. It was a masquerade. I was unknown and able to hide behind the work and sensitivity of Millet. It allowed me to believe I could hold that feeling throughout the next shoot- all of me. But somehow Kapu was able to pull me out from hiding. It is one of her creative talents that allows the individual to shine in each image.
It wasn't until "the reveal" that my heart, once again, began to pound throughout my body. She sat me in a luxurious chair, told me to get comfortable, and right before she walked away, out of sight, to fix me her homemade Chai, she turned on the video! It was me, over and over again, different clothes, different hair, different makeup, different time periods, set to beautiful music, with gorgeous backdrops, all telling the story of me! Tears streamed down my cheeks. My only words to Kapu, as she handed me the warm cup of Chai, was "I really want to know her". Kapu's response back was simply, "It is all you. This is what we all see".
Thank you Kapu for allowing me to see the many layers you see. And thank you Kapu and Meena for bringing those layers alive.