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VIEWspotlight March 2009

Rüdiger Schestag

100 Portraits for one picture

Rüdiger Schestag

Schestag has an extraordinary idea: He wants to create a 5 x 8 metre picture in the style of a Renaissance painting consisting of 100 single portraits. VIEWspotlight interviewed the photographer about the background story behind the idea and presents first photographs. We are very much looking forward to the results!

“The idea was born out of the desire to make use of the means of photo editing in order to progress into the style worlds of painting without neglecting the immediacy of the classical portrait through EIP. To the calm of the portrait subjects in painting (especially in the Renaissance) inspires me to set the velocity of photography in contrast the calm of painting. In painting, the models often had to sit motionless for days. Strength as the result in painting is what I want to achieve as well.

The varnish cracks are photographed surfaces of old paintings, where only the structure of the cracks is being released. Moreover, the contrast and perhaps the colour are being adjusted. With male models the weapons and the jewellery are partly inserted by montage, in few cases also the background.

The photographs are being taken with a Hasselbad with PhaseONE back part, some photos with a Canon EOS 5D.

Each portrait requires about three hours time including styling and make-up. The subsequent editing takes up to two days. For the whole project I calculate about one year, since realistically you only pull off one to two shoots a week.”

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Contess Sophia with her daughter Wilhelmine

Thank you, Claudie with her daughter Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Contess Sophia with her daughter Wilhelmine

Lady Rebecca

Thank you, Beccy. Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Lady Rebecca

Portrait of Thea

Portrait of Thea

Cecilia with bible

Thank you, Anja (model) Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Cecilia with bible

Anna-Maria

Thank you, Daniela Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Anna-Maria

La comtesse Katharina

Portrait series for the ReVision Project Model: Kadda Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

La comtesse Katharina

Portrait of Susi

Portrait series for the ReVision Project Model: Susi Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Portrait of Susi

The mistress of the emperor and her daughter

Thank you, Tayla and Mae from the model file (in real life they are sisters) Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

The mistress of the emperor and her daughter

Portrait of Theodora

Thank you, Jodi from the model file Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Portrait of Theodora

Portrait of Christine

Thank you, Silver Angel from the model file Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Portrait of Christine

Warrior 1 Patrick

Thank you, “Raikaner” (model) Portrait for the large-scale project. To be continued!

Warrior 1 Patrick
Keywords:     Mann

Portrait of Yolanda

Thank you, Yolanda (Model) Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Portrait of Yolanda

Portrait of Lady Rynja

Thank you, lalita86 (Model) Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Portrait of Lady Rynja

The Wife of the Cloth Merchant

Thank you, Asray!

The Wife of the Cloth Merchant

Emilie, wife of alderman

 Emilie, wife of alderman

Lady K.

Thank you to the model KimMorell Hair and make-up: Ania Korzynietz

Lady K.

The legionnaire

Thank you, Frank (sunglass)

The legionnaire