Yesterday evening Laura Waldren and I had a marathon photo session. We had originally planned to only do a couple of hours, somehow we lost track of time. The theme was centred around using a projector to create interesting images, but in some cases we ended up doing composites instead. I have recently started experimenting with combining flashes and projections, and yesterday we took it to a whole new level.
Creating the photo below was a three-step-process. We first projected the painting onto the wall, and had Laura stand in front of it, and mirror the position and pose of the woman in the original painting. We then covered the projector beam, and instead lit Laura with a flash. Finally we combined the second image with the original painting, and used the first photo as reference to maintain the proportions. This was necessary since the photo was shot a bit from the side of the projector beam. Below is the final result.
Quando giunse a Simon l’alto concetto
ch’a mio nome gli pose in man lo stile, s’avesse dato a l’opera gentile colla figura voce ed intellecto,
di sospir’ molti mi sgombrava il petto, che ciò ch’altri à piú caro, a me fan vile: però che ‘n vista ella si mostra humile promettendomi pace ne l’aspetto.
Ma poi ch’i’ vengo a ragionar co llei, benignamente assai par che m’ascolte, se risponder savesse a’ detti miei. Pigmalïon, quanto lodar ti dêi de l’imagine tua, se mille volte n’avesti quel ch’i’ sol una vorrei.
We finished just after 1am, by that time we had made a rough selection of which photos to keep and edited a few of them. It was a lot of fun, and I am really happy with the result. Many thanks to Laura who is an amazing actress!