Kendra Cox

The “Dutch Masters” Series

As I entered my teenage years, a life long interest in paintings awakened, by classical artists more than modern (except for Escher and Mondrian).  Over the years I 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 each gallery’s 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.

Inevitably I am drawn, as a photographer, to try to create images that emulate 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 Dutch Masters.

In the following images, Kendra is depicting an imaginary young 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. (I hasten to add that my actual knowledge of that time period, and its fashionable clothing, is almost nil, so that much of our creation is imagined and not based upon fact.)

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K21-S5318 – Elsji de Graff, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5328 – Elsji de Graff, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5328 BG – Elsji de Graff, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5328 BG3 – Elsji de Graff, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
K21-S5539 - Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 - Derek Chambers
K21-S5539 – Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5608 – Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5667 – Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5667 – Elsje de Graaf, Leiden 1628 (Different Background) – Derek Chambers
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K21-S5802 – Derek Chambers

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?

K19-S4649 - Cigarette Girl - Derek Chambers
K19-S4649 – Cigarette Girl, Berlin Cabaret, Circa 1930 – Derek Chambers
K21-S5364 - Caberet Girl, Berlin, 1930 - Derek Chambers
K21-S5364 – Cabaret Girl, Berlin, 1930 – Derek Chambers
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K24-S7191 BW – Cabaret Dancer, Berlin, 1930 – Derek Chambers

The imagined dim and smoky atmosphere of the cabaret is emphasized by presenting the images in Black and White.  Somehow colour just doesn’t have the same feel:

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K14-DCP9146 – Derek Chambers

But sometimes colour really fits:

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K24-S6973 – Cabaret Dancer Waiting for the Music to Begin, Berlin, 1930 – Derek Chambers

Medieval Series

Trying to emulate the great masters of earlier periods has led to, courtesy of Amazon and China, purchases of “period” costumes (whose primary use, I am sure, is for Halloween parties).  The dress in this series is advertised as Medieval.  Of course, none of this is historically accurate because of the difficulty of finding, let alone the expense of acquiring, period accurate clothing

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K22-S5932 – Derek Chambers
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K22-S5945 – Derek Chambers
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K22-S5951 – Derek Chambers
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K22-S6038 – The Lady and the Candle – Derek Chambers
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K22-S6117 – The Book – Derek Chambers
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K22-S6117 – The Book v2 – Derek Chambers

Lady of the Manor

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K22-S6290 – A Woman’s Work Is Never Done (so says the lady of the manor) – Derek Chambers
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K22-S6392 – The Lady of the Manor – Derek Chambers
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K22-S6373 – Derek Chambers
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K22-S6395 – Derek Chambers

Fun With Fur

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K22-S6406 – She’s The Bear’s Ears, The Bee’s Knees, … – Derek Chambers
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K22-S6451 – Wilding – Derek Chambers

Black and White

Hollywood Style

Here I am trying to recreate the look of those photos, of famous movie stars of the 1940’s and 1950’s, which were used on posters and sent to fans.

The photos of that time were taken using specialty lights, equipped with Fresnel lenses that could not only precisely focus the light on the face but also vary the sharpness of the light spot, and wide aperture camera lenses that had very narrow depths of field.  Typically the photos would be blurred around the edges with only a small sliver of the face in sharper focus.

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K23-S6932 – Shades Of Hollywood -1 – Derek Chambers
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K23-S6932 – Shades Of Hollywood -2 – Derek Chambers
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K23-S6951 – Kendra – Hollywood Look 3 – Derek Chambers
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K23-S6898 – Furs, Pearls and the Hollywood Look – Derek Chambers
K23-S6831 - Elegance - Derek Chambers
K23-S6831 – Elegance – Derek Chambers

 

At The Train Station

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K23-S6610 – Waiting For The Train On The Sorrowful Journey Home – Derek Chambers
Will That Damn Train Never Come? - Derek Chambers
K23-S6622 – Will That Damn Train Ever Come? – Derek Chambers
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K23-S6499 – Waiting – Derek Chambers

Earlier Portraits

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K9-S6263 – Derek Chambers
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K20-S4816 – There was smoke, but no fire and no mirrors. – Derek Chambers
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K8-D0083 – Derek Chambers
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K8-D0065 – Derek Chambers
S8-D0012 Portraits
K8-D0012 – Derek Chambers
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K7-S2519 – Derek Chambers
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K3-D206 – Derek Chambers
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K3-D095 – Derek Chambers
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K2-D084 – Derek Chambers
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K12-S7534 – Derek Chambers
K11-DCP7333 - Portrait of a Lady - Derek Chambers
K11-DCP7333 – Portrait of a Lady – Derek Chambers
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K15-DCP9570 – Derek Chambers
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K15-DCP9419 – A Young Queen Elizabeth? – Derek Chambers
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K15-DCP9383 – Derek Chambers
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K14-DCP8559 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4624 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4519 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4493 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4483 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4467 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4409 – Derek Chambers
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K19-S4286 – Derek Chambers
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K18-DCP2355 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP2005 – Derek Chambers
K17-DCP1831 A Piratical Look - Derek Chambers
K17-DCP1831 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP1808 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP1786 – Derek Chambers
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K17-DCP1746 – Derek Chambers
K16-DCP0644 - Flower Child - Derek Chambers
K16-DCP0644 – Flower Child – Derek Chambers
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