Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Homage to Verushka

Veruschka (Vera Lehndorff) was one of the great super models of the nineteen sixties.

After her fashion modeling career she started a collaboration with Holger Trülzsch to create a set of images which, because of extensive body painting, allowed her to merge into the background. Out of this collaboration came a book, "Veruschka: Tranfigurations," certainly one of the most creative photography books of the modern era and almost impossible to find today.

I have long admired her work for its creativity, vision, and execution. Talk about suffering for your art, this is it. (See the above website.)

Having long worked in the figurative genre, I was curious to see if a similar look could be achieved through the use of modern digital tools by creatively merging figure images with interesting background to achieve a "Transfiguration" look and feel.

The above images are several of a series on which I am currently working. I am very pleased with the results so far and am now on a search for crumbling walls, rust, and other interesting textures that might provide an interesting background for the nudes. Stay tuned.

If you'd like to see a terrific video on Veruschka, check out this link.