For the #O2SPhotoStudy
project I have based my report on photographer David LaChapelle.
(The majority of this information was taken from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_LaChapelle
David LaChapelle was born in Hartford, Connecticut, March 11, 1963.
He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and School of Visual Arts in New York City.
When LaChapelle was 17 years old, he met Andy Warhol, who offered him his first job as a photographer at Interview magazine. Warhol reportedly told LaChapelle "Do whatever you want. Just make sure everybody looks good."
LaChapelle's work has been noted as being, "meticulously created in a high-gloss, color-popping, hyper-realistic style," and his photos are known to, "crackle with subversive – or at least hilarious – ideas, rude energy and laughter. They are full of juicy life." Themes in his art photography, which he has developed in his Maui retreat, include salvation, redemption, paradise, and consumerism.
LaChapelle cites a number of artists who have influenced his photography. In a 2009 interview, he mentioned the Baroque painters Andrea Pozzo and Caravaggio as two of his favorites. Critics have noted that LaChapelle's work has been influenced by Salvador Dalí, Jeff Koons, Michelangelo, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.
The image I have chosen to photograh is LaChapelle's "The rape of Africa" which was in turn inspired by Sandro Botticelli's "Venus and Mars".
I have not tried for an exact copy of LaChapple's image. While I have used the major compositional aspects of of both the LaChapple and Botticelli images I have tried to concentrate more on LaChapple's vibrancy of colour and contrast with symbols. More in line with some of LaChapple's work I have tried to add in a bit of irreverant fun. The only image post manipulation was to close Ken's eyes.
I look forward to your critiques.