While attending college, I took a class that allowed us to find and learn about different photographers from around the world and with different artistic styles.
Man Ray, an American Visual Artist, spoke to me immediately! While he considered himself a painter above all, he was best known for his photography. Although his ties were informal, Man Ray was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movement. He produced so many works of art using a variety of subjects and mediums. Man Ray was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer and this is what spoke to my heart!
His work blew me away and I was hooked when I came across the very first image I seen of his, “Le Violon d’Ingres (Ingres’s Violin)”, 1924. Inspired by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s La Grande Baigneuse, Ray Man got to work! His model was Alice Prin, also known as Kiki de Montparnasse. He painted sound-holes on her back, transforming her body into a musical instrument, playing with the idea of objectification of an animate body. Man Ray was fascinated with juxtaposing objects with female bodies.
Now, on to the fun stuff! During the class I was taking, we had to find a photographer and a photograph that we truly loved, and then recreate it!
Above is Man Ray’s original, “Le Violon d’Ingres (Ingres’s Violin)”, 1924, and next to it is my version of this beautiful portrait.
The woman in my recreation of Man Ray’s portrait is none other than your photographer, myself! This was not the easiest of portraits to recreate; that is for sure. I had to get the help of my amazing and supportive husband to get this accomplished. I setup my camera, equipment and set the camera settings. After instructing my husband on how to use the basics of my camera, he clicked away trying to get the best images he could for me. He managed to do an amazing job and captured a ton of great images. After he captured plenty of images, I went to work on editing my rendition of Man Ray’s “Le Violon d’Ingres (Ingres’s Violin)”. Using Photoshop, I added the violin holes and did some basic retouching to get my portrait as close to Man Ray’s as I could.
I was very pleased with the way this portrait turned out and it will forever be one of my most cherished portraits. I hope to one day create many beautiful fine art portraits like these and Man Ray will always be an inspiration to me and my work.
I would love to hear your thoughts on my rendition of Many Ray’s portrait! Leave comments below and let me know what you love or don’t love about it.
Lyn Ross (Lyn Ross Photography LLC)
“An original is a creation motivated by desire. Any reproduction of an originals motivated be necessity. It is marvelous that we are the only species that creates gratuitous forms. To create is divine, to reproduce is human.”