Artistic Portraiture
February 18, 2013 4:38 PM   Subscribe

Bill Gekas creates gorgeous homages to Old Masters with his 5-Year-Old daughter. On his blog he shares his set-ups e.g. The Letter… and the cookie!, Potatoes.
posted by unliteral (10 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I like this!
posted by sweetkid at 4:44 PM on February 18, 2013

Wow, some of these are incredible (though perhaps I'm susceptible because I just saw this exhibit of Dutch paintings yesterday.)
posted by louie at 5:02 PM on February 18, 2013

Holy cow, that kid is adorable.
posted by Kitteh at 5:04 PM on February 18, 2013

Are these references to specific paintings, or just recreating the style markers?
posted by jacquilynne at 5:06 PM on February 18, 2013

These are great, and the little girl has amazing facial expressions.
posted by xingcat at 5:22 PM on February 18, 2013

These are _fan_tas_tic_, thank you.
posted by smoke at 6:15 PM on February 18, 2013

What a lovely little kid! I would have been totally unable to do this at her age. I whined and fidgeted as soon as anyone tried to fix my hair or keep it decent.

A little sobering to think that, in another time, she could have been a potato-peeling kitchen girl at her age. Or an evil clown child.
posted by Countess Elena at 6:23 PM on February 18, 2013

These are aaaaamazing.
posted by odinsdream at 6:49 PM on February 18, 2013

Great subject--great post.
Must forward this to Mr. Horse for his photographic delectation.
posted by BlueHorse at 7:23 PM on February 18, 2013

I have been looking into the whole 'strobist' phenomenon, and this guy finally convinced me. I just ordered 2 Chinese strobes, and will make my own stands and soft boxes.

The Chinese strobes are manual only, but under 100USD each, while a nice automagical Nikon is over 400USD. This guy uses slightly more expensive Chinese strobes that sell for under 200USD. Even the cheap ones can be optically slaved to a canon or Nikon.

Back in prehistory when I was learning photography on a film camera all my mentors were convinced that one needed a full studio setup with studio lights and external light meters and thousands of dollars in equipment.

Now I just have to find a model willing to help me get the first bad 500 pictures out of my system. Everybody knows that photo equipment manufacturers rig their products so that your first 500 pictures suck.
posted by Doroteo Arango II at 10:45 PM on February 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

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