I chose two specific photographs that I took which looked quite similar in position with Romeo and Juliet. This was because I was going for a more contemporary look without making it too different to the original. They were both wearing red and white which worked out to my advantage and so I got them out of my photo and copied onto the original painting. I then used a blur and blending tool around the edge of my sister and her boyfriend so it wouldnt be that noticeable that it wasn’t apart of the proper image. I also used a cloning tool to rearrange parts and cover different sections that I didn’t want visable like the bottom of Juliet’s dresss and I spent time adjusting the colour to balance it with the original. I was very proud of the finishing outcome and how well it worked out.

I then wanted to try another using double exposure as I had done some previous research on Duane Michals who used his self-portraits and combined another photo of an object or place over the top. I had also seen many examples on the Internet and a family friend in America who does her own professionally. This contemporary technique that quite a number of people today use suddenly became very fascinating to me and so I researched various ways of doing it. Using the settings on your camera first hand is one way and the easiest as it does it for you however, because I had already taken the photographs I combined the two photographs I wanted to use on photoshop and used the colour, crop and opacity tools to create the double exposure. As I had completed these two pieces I also did an experiment with clear paper where the dark outlines of photograph printed onto it.

I chose to use these last couple of pieces as my final artwork of ‘The New and Improved Contemporary Romeo and Juliet’ I was very happy with the outcome and excited to learn and produce more, developing skills and new techniques. 

Image  Painting of Romeo and Juliet by Sir Frank Dicksee (1884)

Image ‘The New and Improved Contemporary Romeo and Juliet.’

Image Double exposure of two images- contemporary n ancient.

 I chose two s…


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