Photos, Painting & Richter
Shot with Hasselblad + Polaroid back + Fuji fp-100c film.
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This photo looks like a painting to me. The colors, tones and soft edges are the result of using instant film and the Hasselblad Zeiss lens, I think. It makes me think of some of Gerhard Richter’s paintings (which look like photographs) – his still life “Flasche mit Äpfeln (Bottle With Apple)” or his candles (“Zwei Kerzen (Two Candles)”).
When I saw the Richter exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, I kept thinking about how some of his painstakingly detailed paintings look like photographs – something he is famous for doing. And I wondered … would it be possible to do the opposite? To take a photograph that really and truly looks like it was painted (and not just a photograph of a painting)?
I think shooting film is one way to try to do it. The emulsions in film seem to mimic certain qualities of paint. It was interesting to see that the gauzy effects inherent in polaroid film or the Fuji fp-100c that I used above can make it look like a painting, too. I’d like to keep working on this.