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Colette © Sean Hayes

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Thierry © Sean Hayes

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Serge © Sean Hayes

Since I launched myself as a full-time photographer earlier this month, commissions have being coming in thick and fast. In between shoots, I’ve taken the opportunity to take casting headshots of some of the models. Voilà Gabi and her beautiful eyes. If you would like to see more of my work, please visit: http://seanhayesphotography.format.com

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Gabi © Sean Hayes

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Gabi © Sean Hayes

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Gabi © Sean Hayes

Romy Schneider dans l’Enfer. Stunning lighting test for the 1964 unifinished movie “L’Enfer” by Henri-Georges Clouzot. Mesmerising.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Enfer_(Clouzot)

 photo of Ashling Hayes

Portrait of my niece © Sean Hayes

Many of you have remarked how my photography work reminds them of oil paintings by the old masters. I always take these remarks as the greatest of compliments because I have a deep love of painting and painters and have spent many years studying, in detail, how they handle light and composition to create their masterpieces. In fact, I would highly recommend that any aspiring photographer take a course in life drawing, painting and/or the history of art to improve their photographic skills. Learning how to “see” is essential to mastering any visual medium, and the old masters were masterful at understanding how light and composition combine to create sublime imagery: photography is no different. One painter that I am particularly interested in at the moment, is the German Symbolist and Art Nouveau artist, Franz Von Stuck (1863-1928). I admire his draughtsmanship and dramatic use of light. I am particularly enamoured with his rather formal portrait work; beautiful profiles with ornate textural clothing. The portrait above, of my niece Ashling, is heavily influenced by Von Stuck’s approach to light and composition. Below, is a painting by Von Stuck, called, Cinderella. The Symbolists were heavily influenced by mythology and romanticism; a perfect theme to portray the emerging beauty of my niece.

Cinderella © Franz Von Stuck

Cinderella © Franz Von Stuck

Autumn Twilight Series

Autumn Twilight Series © Sean Hayes

I love late autumn’s palette of light. Deep reds, yellows and oranges all bathed in a low lying sunlight. Nature feels crisper, cleaner and sharper – as does the mind. Hope you like the series of images – and should you like one of the images enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at shonski50@me.com and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.

Autumn Twilight Series

Autumn Twilight Series © Sean Hayes

Autumn Twilight Series

Autumn Twilight Series © Sean Hayes

Autumn Twilight Series

Autumn Twilight Series © Sean Hayes

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