Turn It Up

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    heatherbirdtx, Billy Wilson Photography, and 2 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. frogsmoker 87 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm behind the Bouguereau Remastered blog (www.bouguereau.net/) and would like to feature this image there. Can you give some more background about the way is was created and about he meaning of the title (and whatever else could be worth knowing)?

    2. Thomas Hawk 87 months ago | reply

      Sure thing Romke,

      This is one of several photos that I took of this incredible Bouguereau painting. A few more are here.

      I wanted to capture the beauty of the overall main view of the painting of course, and took the standard photograph for that, but I felt this facial view especially was compelling. The way the artist interpreted light and shadows creating a stunning soft potrayal of beauty was compelling.

      To highlight the shadows and light work especially, I chose to process this detail shot in black and white. Forcing the viewer to focus on these rich elements of the work.

      I also thought the cracks in the painting were interesting. I love the sense of age that they give to the work, the time worn feel. This may sound odd, but I also liked how the cracks were running with the same angles of the facial features, especially the eyes.

      I thought about using photoshop to hide the cracks, but to me they are part of essence of this work and they tell a story as to it's longevity, so rather than try and mute them out, I actually tried to turn them up. Hence the title Turn it Up.

      This was one of my favorite pieces to photograph at the Art Institute.

    3. Thomas Hawk 87 months ago | reply

      Thanks Romke, an excellent blog that you have there and post!

    4. bcg~art 85 months ago | reply

      so lovely; isolated like this makes it another work entirely; complete, even.
      I agree about the cracks and am so glad you sought to preserve/enhance them.

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