Tuesday, August 24, 2010

French Revelation

Ever since I’ve been working on this series, I have always strived to have the animal portraits that I do show the subject in a heroic light.

Try as I may with the smaller breeds, to me, they look more cute and comical rather than regal & refined. The more that I do of these, the more I see that specific breeds dictate a large part of what the final outcome and mood of the portrait will be.

There is a freeing quality to this way of thinking in that I always try to magnify everything about the subject. If it brings out their personality and adds to the image, I'm all for it.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Andrew,

    I caught your exhibit at the Philadelphia Airport this past Saturday and was entralled!
    I liked the fact that you were light on your photoshopping: that you used architectural monuments and structures in situ instead of cutting and pasting, which anyone can do. Plus you mentioned in your artist's statement about catching the light correctly: it shows and I appreciate that being kept real. Those portraits are breathlessly beautiful and I'm so glad someone(you!)is still conversant in
    18th century art. Another thing I liked is the way you mixed and matched sharply focused and nonfocused areas. Must mention the CLOUDS - dreamlike memories of the past. I also like the soft aging you layer on these photographs. These are images of extreme beauty - I don't think anyone can do better on that!

    Bravo - I'm a fan! Helen

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