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…