The goal of this project was to create portrait(s) using experimental techniques that would catch the attention of passersby. The final photograph(s) need to be manipulated in real-time and used straight from the camera, without any post-production editing. For my project, I decided to tell the story of a fictional character while imitating the style of old oil painting portraits. These types of painted portraits were usually hung above the fireplace in the main room of the house to memorialized the rich and powerful in older times.
The goal is to set an overall mysterious tone and aesthetic for these portraits. When photographing these portraits, I chose to capture deep depth of field and to bring a more yellow tint to imitate the grunginess of old oil paintings. The styling of the character and the background setup also needs to be meaningful contributions to the story. I created a fictional character from an inanimate object for a twist. The lampshade character was seen holding onto his new lover (the smaller lamp) in the first portrait. The second portrait depicts the lampshade character drinking wine as his dead wife (the chandelier) is laying in the back. Although no face or expressions were captured from the lampshade character, the overall atmosphere contributed to the personality of the character and the mood of each portrait.
These portraits were a great success as they drew a lot of attention and evoked curiosity from the viewers. With the character's out-of-the-ordinary appearance alongside its uncanny story behind, I was able to create interesting photographs with an unconventional and comedic approach, as I also allow personal interpretation for the viewers.
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