Trafalgar Square

7 August, 2011 § Leave a comment

A nice summer day deserves an ice-cream in Trafalgar Square.

We didn’t quite make it to the Häagen-Dazs boudoir but we did make it to the National Portrait Gallery for the BP Portrait Awards 2011 instead.

Louis Smith and Carmel Said’s Renaissance inspired “Holly” is my favourite (the judges gave it second place, after Wim Heldens’ “Distracted”). Standing in front of the huge, wall-size painting and looking at Holly reminiscing about her past, you feel an invitation for you to step through the gold frame into the caves and save her from her sorrows.© Louis Smith

What really strike me is how much digital photography has influenced (or destroyed) portrait painting. Many artists have taken photos of their models to study the colour and features. It’s obvious when that’s done; you can almost see each and every single pixel dots that the artist painstakingly copied onto the painting.

There is an uneasy feeling when you look at these ‘photocopied’ paintings. Partly because you think your eyes are playing up and you can’t tell whether it’s a digital photo print or an oil painting, but more so because the camera lens have created an additional barrier between you, the artist and the model. The connection is lost.

Inspired by the artworks and learning to take photos that would connect the viewer and the subject, here is a selection of my work.
I hope you like them!

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