backdrops / painting my own

the background plays a significant role in my frames, that’s specially true in the case of my portrait photography.
It’s an active participant as it helps me set a number of aesthetic, emotive and meaning related pointers in the frame. 

Painting my own backdrops over for example buy ready made ones or use what ever available, was a choice that opened up a multitude of creative paths, not to mention that is extremely fun too. 

I find it so interesting and pleasurable working hands on with colors, getting to set them, playing with variations, subtle tones and transitions from one to the other.  This physicality introduces the organic feel that does great in conjunction to my digital dominated tool arsenal! 

The inspiration part is also great fun too, coming from every imaginable source, paintings, old walls, fabrics, rusty iron panels, animals and so on. 

My hand painted backdrops are now an essential part of the portraiture crafting process, adding that sense of uniqueness, in to the final photograph, with every canvas being one of a kind, just like my subjects…  


let me be clear, I like all photographic related gear, I like my tools coz they make my crafting processes easier and some times more pleasurable. technological advancements and new gear announcements excite me and I’m always interested to get to know more about it…

but from that to the debate/war/glorification etc there is and should be a long way

I have the feeling that a big chunk of our community feels or at least addresses photography as being a tech related hobby rather than a content based art process

My thought on this is “what ever works for you”, coz at the end of day the way each of us perceives the importance of things is directly related to the value hierarchy we build and maintain and it’s expressed through our statements and choices. 

But lets be very clear that while better, newer, fancier tools are always welcome, they are in no way a presupposition or a guaranty for better work outcome. If that was true then nothing worthy could have being ever achieved coz of the objective lack of that better tool that is still to be created.