6 Aug 2012

Portraits of me!

Oh my - I have had my portrait taken for the first time in... say, 15 years or so?

Portraits taken by a professional photographer, that is!

It all started a couple of months ago, when a photographer by the name of Theres Beswick of Pippihuset Studio asked for volunteers for a project on Gustaf Skål's Facebook group page (she wanted models in 18th century attire).

She described the project on her blog, and it immediately caught my attention.

Long story short - we got in touch, and I went to her lovely studio one rainy day and watched the magic happen..!

Theres's method for taking these portraits (mine was only one of many for a future series of this kind of portrait) was fascinating. The frame is a projection on a brown canvas with a wrinkled, cracked surface, which I stepped into and stood absolutely still for a few seconds while Therese "painted" me with a flash light. The picture was then taken with self timer and a long exposure.

The results are below - no Photshop whatsoever involved!

© Theres Beswick, Pippihuset

© Theres Beswick, Pippihuset

I'm not very photogenic but I think these turned out very well - thanks to Theres, of course! She has graciously allowed me to share these two here, for which I am truly grateful.

And attention, costumers in Stockholm: Theres is still looking for models, especially men in 18th century costume, so get in touch with her if you are so inclined!

10 comments:

  1. This is absolutely beautiful! What an interesting technique to take a photo!!! I hope we get to see more of this amazing project.
    And btw, you look stunning!!!

    Sabine

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  2. Vilka fina foton, allra helst det där första.

    Kommer man att kunna se de andra porträtten någonstans, tror du?

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  3. You look wonderful! I read about the project- perhaps I should volonteer as well. :)

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  4. You look stunning it these! What a cool project!

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  5. What a great project to be a part of. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. These portraits are amazing and you are truly stunning!

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  7. Madam,

    Where you by any chance in Lumsdale in Derby around 1722. I have a strong feeling that I once saw a woman buying cloth in a store there, one that looked just like you.

    What an odd coincidence, indeed, that would be.

    S.Richardson

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  8. You ARE photogenic, and look lovely madam! This is a great project! I would love a pro portrait like this!
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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  9. The portraits are lovely, and as I have always enjoyed your blog I thought I would give you one more award for your well-deserved collection. I've awarded you an Inspiring Blogger Award (http://olympesdiary.blogspot.com/2013/05/inspiring-blogger-award.html). Thank you for the always interesting posts!

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  10. This technique is gorgeous! It is amazing what technology can do. This could easily pass as a portrait to an untrained eye.

    ~Miss Littlefield
    http://costumesandcompanions1.blogspot.com

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