We were asked to recreate a famous painting as a photography. My choice was Lute Player by Caravaggio.
“Both paintings depict two lute players, young person seated wearing a loose white blouse with his hands on the instrument as if he was playing and singing at the same time, the sentiment is passed through the parted lips and how the hands are positioned. An open book with partitures can be seen on the table eluding even more the performance he was in. In one of the paintings, the one on the Hermitage Museum can be seen four madrigals by Jacques Arcadelt which talk about love and undying devotion. For instance, the cracked lute depicted on the painting was a metaphor for the love that fails, the flower on the picture express an affirmation that love is transient. The painting also evoke the feeling of the private concerts held by Del Monte in the Palazzo Madama. Del Monte was at the center of musical life in Rome. (CARAVAGGIO REDISCOVERED)”
I decided to stick with the overall feeling of the painting and the contrast, a private performance of a young person singing about love, but, I decided to give a modern twist to it, instead of a young boy, a young girl playing her acoustic guitar singing about love, to represent the distress of the heart I went with cigarettes and alcohol which are the most common substances young people rely when they want to forget the distress about their life in general and the cellphone waiting for a reply of a love interest. The partitures I substituted by technology, an iPad with the lyrics and a computer with the partiture for the acoustic guitar.
Thanks to my beautiful model and friend Keitha. 🙂