Renaissance portraiture and the use of chiaroscuro by the masters has been of immense inspiration to my photographic style. For those unfamiliar, chiaroscuro is an oil painting technique, developed during the Renaissance. The technique uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms. Artists such as Caravaggio used chiaroscuro for dramatic effect. Painting vivid religious depictions of light and shadow.
The Incredulity of Saint Thomas by Caravaggio
Recently I captured a series of exceptionally detailed chiaroscuroportraits inspired by Caravaggioof actors René Auberjonois, Sir Patrick Stewart & Iain Glen. In these portraits I have attempted to emulate Caravaggio’s naturalism and dramatic lighting with photographic effect. Creating super detail of skin tone, texture and colour. Using inventive art direction I opted for vivid and stark expressions from the contemplation of René Auberjonois to the emotionless Sir Patrick Stewart and the wicked smile of Iain Glen.
Actor René Auberjonois Portrait Photographer Rory Lewis
Sir Patrick Stewart Intense Chiaroscuro Photographer Portraits Rory Lewis
Iain Glen Intense Chiaroscuro Photographer Portraits Rory Lewis