Candlelight Project 2019

The National Portrait Gallery is one of my favourite places in London. The portraits that they hold from The Tudors all the way to the present day are mind blowing. What really stands out to me was that a lot of the painters would have used candlelight to be able to work. It made me think that a interesting project would be to try and recreate this using photography. Although, yes, it’s going to be v hard since the camera loves light. I started photographing my own daughter & it didn’t go terribly - however, there is candle wax on my backdrop & I realised how careful you need to be with fire! On the positive side, it really makes you think about where the light needs to be placed - specifically to light the face - & obviously the settings on your camera. A few lessons learnt from this first attempt & ready for the next sitting…

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