Art has arguably been around almost as long as humans have. The moment we learned to mark something for others to see and interpret, the moment art was born. Thankfully for us photographers, we needn’t go quite that far back to begin learning from the history of art, in fact we only need go as far as the ‘Old Masters’.
The Art Series Hotel Group from Australia offers their visitors quite a unique package. From May 1 to June 15, all the guests will be able to get nude, strike a pose and have a team of artists turn them into a masterpiece.
The “No Robe package,” as they call it, allows guests to pose in front of the artists who will capture their beauty on canvas. But for the shy ones who can’t stand the thought of posing nude in front of the strangers, there’s another solution – the camera. The hotel sends a specialized camera to the guest’s room, they take a photo, and the artists later turn it into a drawing.
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.
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.