I Recreated A Famous Classical Painting In A Photograph
Always inspired by this intricate classical painting The Swing, by Jean-Honore Fragonard – as a stylist and set designer- I only dreamed to recreate it one day. However, I thought that day would be so far in the future, because, as a freelance artist – I simply didn’t have the capitol to produce such an extravagant shoot (as I had imagined it) and likely wouldn’t in the near future.
After years of day dreaming- it dawned on me, in a beautiful epiphany moment, that I had stowed away some wallpaper I ripped off the wall from the first film set I designed (it was too beautiful to discard). The wallpaper depicts a jungle/forest scene, similar to the one in the original painting. Suddenly, it all came together in my mind. I could use this wallpaper as a backdrop, and re-imagine this painting in a completely new way – simultaneously paying homage by exposing the intricate behind-the-scenes process of a photo-shoot.
After some thought and a few suggestions, I got to work crafting paper-flowers out of coffee filters (seen on the swing). My boyfriend hand-made the swing for me a year earlier, and gifted it to me for Christmas, and the dress- highly embellished by me- was found for $50 on Ebay.
On the day of the shoot, so many highly talented artists and individuals came together to make this whimsical piece of art, and the video brings to life, creating everlasting memories and inspiration, ever-after.
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Behind the scenes
Production, Concept, Art Direction, Set Design, Model & Makeup Artist: Chloe Barcelou
Photography & Post-Processing: Kayt Silvers of Silver and Bynes Photography
Behind-The-Scenes Video: Evan T Perry
Location: Dan Diaz of Westerman’s Props
Hair Stylist: Tracy Mushow of Ginger Roots Salon
Male Models: Wilnor Tereau & Adam W Mayerson
Assistance: Brandon Batchelder of B&C Productions