So, you’ve seen what you’d look like when you’re old. Now it’s time for something new, right? Check out AI Portraits Ars, a website which turns your selfies or self-portraits into faux, but realistic-looking (and kinda eerie) classical paintings.
It’s nothing new that Facebook censors nude photos, but now it turns out that even classical works of art aren’t spared from the social network’s policy. Works of 16th-century painter Peter Paul Rubens have been removed from Facebook after the Belgian region of Flanders shared them in a social media advertising campaign. As a response, Toerisme Vlaanderen, the Flemish tourism bureau wrote a rather humorous open letter to Mark Zuckerberg. They have even published a comical video that mocks the “21st century social media regulations.”
It’s not unusual for photographers to be inspired by other types of art. Melbourne-based photographer Bill Gekas draws inspiration from the Old Master painters like Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Vermeer and Velazquez. And while he masterfully recreates the light, atmosphere and tones of the classical paintings, he adds some family fun to it.
The main protagonist of Bill’s portraits is his daughter Athena, who first posed for the photos when she was only three years old. And now, almost seven years later, the project is still going strong and these amazing portraits are popular all over the world. Bill has shared some details about his work with DIYP, along with some of his beautiful photos.
Bringing classical paintings and digital art together can work in different ways. In his project Art History in Contemporary Life, Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov uses digital collage to bring together two worlds that seem impossible to merge. Characters from paintings, mainly from Romantic period, get a new life in the photos from modern life. Thanks to Alexey’s fantastic sense of composition and photo manipulation skills, the characters from classical paintings blend perfectly with digital images and create a different, altered reality.
I’ve seen some great toy photography used to recreate different kinds of scenes. I’ve also seen many awesome recreations of artwork. But Spanish photographer David Cubero combines toys and photography to recreate famous works of art. He uses Marvel toys to do it, and the results are not only well executed, but also very amusing. Let’s see if you can guess which photo represents which work of art.
The kind of photography I do begins as a moment of theft. Finding the scene, finding your angle, and stealing the moment for yourself. Some photographers are creators. They build a scene, a still life, or arrange their models and angle their lights and create an image from nothing. I’m not one of those photographers. I’m a thief. I case the scenes around me, plan my approach, take my shot, and escape back into the crowd.
But I’m not an undiscerning thief. And over the years I’ve noticed a theme emerging in the scenes I’m capturing. I’m a photographer who wishes he could paint.