As artists you know that inspiration can be found everywhere. Look around, a beautiful orange sunset, the way the sun kisses your child’s head while she naps, the sheen of rain against your window, all can be a trigger for a moment of creativity. For photographer Daniel Sanchez, he was inspired by an iconic album cover, which was inspired by a 19th century painting.
Daniel was looking to enhance his performing arts portfolio and met Aaron Dalla Villa, a NYC based dancer, choreographer, actor, model, singer and director. Sanchez wanted to capture some dynamic ballet poses in a studio environment. During the photo shoot, Aaron mentioned a previous project that Daniel had worked on, a CD cover replica for a band. That led to the decision to recreate the logo from a record label owned by Led Zeppelin, a band both of them loved, Swan Song. That logo was actually inspired by a famous painting, Evening (The Fall of Day) by William Rimmer in 1869.
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- Nikon D5100 16MP
- Nikkor 18-55MM AF-S
- Nikon SB700 as Key light through a 40 x 50 Softbox with double diffusion positioned above subject 45°
- Vivitar 285HV as Rim Light through a 40 x 50 Softbox positioned behind my subject.
The final image is comprised of 16 images with some compositing to pull it all together for the final image. Check out the behind the scenes video on how he recreated the iconic painting.
To see more of Daniel Sanchez’s work, visit his website HERE.
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