The Women is a series of photographs created using paintings from the 15th to the early 20th century. While it is common for portrait paintings to be based on photographs, I was interested in the shift in narrative that could occur by translating the female subjects of these paintings into the photographic medium.
To create these photographs, I isolated the central female figures from their environment, projected them, and photographed them through a handmade flexible distortion lens to create the dimensionality and mood of a portrait photograph. The effects for these images were created in-camera with minimal post-processing.
In these images, the women exist outside of the frames of their original time and place, freed from one frame and incarnated through another. It is their transition phase and their coming into focus in a new medium that I was most interested in representing through the use of movement, soft focus, and long exposure.
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