Friday, January 27, 2012
January 27 - body
Sculptors love the human body in all its shapes and sizes - two images from Italy here
First the 'Pieta' - Michelangelo was only 24 when he sculpted this masterpiece and it is breathtaking. Unfortunately it must be kept behind thick glass as it has been damaged previously by a hammer-wielding nutter and had to be restored. The only benefit of this for a photographer is that you can actually get a photo without a bunch of tourists getting in the way :) but there is no way a photo through bulletproof glass can do the sculpture justice - and there is a window and some brightly coloured brown and yellow marble behind, so I covered the window, desaturated the image and added transparent soft light and multiplier layers, then the smallest amount of glow filter. It softens the image and highlights the figures instead of that complicated background.
The other photo I like (don't jump!!) - although it looks as if Christo and Jeanne-Claude have done a hit-and-run wrap, it is actually one of many statues along the top of a building in Modena which were wrapped as part of a restoration process.