Tagged: light

New portrait work for Larcier Belgium ad campaign.

Gabi: Latest work posted to my photography website.

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

Gabi_7

Gabi © Sean Hayes

Gabi_Retouch_Superior

Gabi © Sean Hayes

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Gabi © Sean Hayes

Light changes everything. Just ask a cinematographer.

Portrait of my niece © Sean Hayes

 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 © Sean Hayes

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

Beautiful Bastard © Sean Hayes (2012)

Porsche 550 Little Bastard Replica

Porsche 550 Replica ©Sean Hayes

I love photographing cars. Shiny metallic and sensuous – and they don’t come more curvaceous than the Porsche 550 Spyder. A beautiful feat of engineering and design. Only 90 were built in the 1950’s and one was recently auctioned off in Florida for 3.69 million dollars. Of the 90 models produced, one that never made it to an auction room was the one owned by James Dean. Yes that one. Dean made the car famous by writing ‘Little Bastard’ on its tail and killing himself while behind the wheel on a Californian highway. The version photographed here is a replica of that famous car. I shot the replica last year at Autoworld – a fantastic museum in Brussels, housing over 250 vintage cars and vehicles. As an advertising art director, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of Europe’s top car photographers for various automobile brands over the years. I’ve always admired their passion and meticulous attention to detail.  A true labour of love. During the long days and nights on shoots, I would observe how they set up and lit the cars: I paid attention. I learnt a couple of things about how light dances across metallic surfaces and how the incremental movement of a camera or light source can change everything. The photographs posted here are, hopefully, proof that I did indeed pay attention to my photographic mentors. Some people express surprise when informed that I shot this series with an iPhone and that I had limited freedom with lighting. Everything is possible if you understand light. Hope you like them – and should you like one of them 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.

Porsche 550 Little Bastard Replica

Porsche 550 Replica ©Sean Hayes

Porsche 550 Little Bastard Replica

Porsche 550 Replica ©Sean Hayes

Porsche 550 Little Bastard Replica

Porsche 550 Replica ©Sean Hayes

Porsche 550 Little Bastard Replica

Porsche 550 Replica ©Sean Hayes