The “Dutch Masters” Series
Ever since my teenage years I have been interested in art, classical more than modern (except for Escher and Mondrian), and have seized every opportunity when traveling to world capitals, to visit their national galleries. Like most people, my tastes have evolved. For the longest time, for example, I would gravitate towards the galleries’ Impressionists paintings. In the last decade or so, though, it is the early Dutch Masters, such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Hendrick Terbrugghen which capture my time and attention.
I am drawn inevitably to try to make and edit photographs that might represent the works of an artist from that time period (roughly 1500-1700). Of course, the photographic medium produces much sharper works than an artist’s paint brush could depict (excluding Photo Realism paintings). However, I can still strive to duplicate the mix of colour and shadow which so marks the works of those those Dutch Masters.
In the following images, Kendra is depicting an imaginary young married lady from that time period, Elsje de Graff, living in Leiden in the year 1628. She is married to an important and wealthy merchant and dresses appropriately for her station.
The Cabaret Series
In this series of images, I imagine the interior of a smoky cabaret, in Berlin circa 1930. The model, Kendra, appears in various roles. Smoky black and white images provide the atmosphere. Who is the girl? What is her story? How did her life’s journey bring her to this moment, in time and place? What will happen to her in the next decade or so?