Photographin Religious Recreations
Even if you are not religious or follow any one particular religion this project should nevertheless prove to be quite interesting to conduct.
A large portion of us have read the Bible or at least have heard of it. Therefore you should have at some time or another read stories about certain Bible heroes, angels, and so forth. Even if you have never read the Bible, if you regularly read historic accounts, follow some forms of art like sculpting or painting you know that some of these "heroes" have been depicted in many cultures for quite a long time.
If you can get your hands on some costumes, and some props and perhaps procure the help of a good makeup artist you can easily do the project and it can even turn out very realistic looking images.
The first thing to do before you start on the project is to read the portions of the Bible or any other religious text that depict heroes, or better yet do an Internet search for religious and or historic heroes, angels etc and print the resulting images. This will aid you in making the proper costumes, using the appropriate props and securing the most appropriate locations. Keep in mind that locations are not that important since you can now add backgrounds with the aid of a good digital editing software program.
Once you have done your research and decided upon which heroes will constitute your photo shoot then the next thing is to start on making your appropriate costumes and this should be done to resemble what some artists have envision them to be and pay attention to how these heroes looked like, and what if any props they used, in any respective literate or artwork, unless off course, you actually find photographs!
Take for example St.George, if your were to recreate the person you would need some Roman era costumes and props. Although St. George most famous feat, as per the Bible, was the defeat of a dragon, you can do without it for this project.
"Saint George (c. 275/281 – 23 April 303) was, according to tradition, a Roman soldier from Syria Palaestina and a soldier in the Guard of Diocletian, who is venerated as a Christian martyr. In hagiography Saint George is one of the most venerated saints in the Catholic (Western and Eastern Rites), Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and the Oriental Orthodox churches. He is immortalized in the tale of Saint George and the Dragon" Wikipedia.
Remember David and Goliath? Recreating David for example would be much easier as he is usually described as a young boy wearing not much more than a era typical clothing; rags and sheep's skins mostly along with his rock sling.
How about Moses? A wooden staff, perhaps some replicas of the Ten Commandments and a long flowing robe, fake or maybe even a real white beard.
Unless you can procure suitable terrain such a a river bed with a raised mound, a dessert terrain and so on, then just photograph your subjects against a plain green or blue or even white backdrop and digitally add the terrain later.
What you cannot be lax about is how to pose your subjects. Research several depictions of each hero, saint etc to get acquainted with how history views them and portrays them.
Then select suitable models, a teenager for David, an elderly yet stout gentleman with a real white beard and hair, since wigs do not work so well and so on and have them pose in similar poses as those shown by your research.
Do make it a point to explain the project to your models and allow them the opportunity of looking at your samples so that they can also get acquainted to the way that these ancient figures were shown.
Besides the right costumes and the appropriate props, how your models pose and how closely they can resemble the historical or literary depictions is a crucial part of the project, be very aware of this.
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