It’s dark. It’s forbidden. It’s frowned upon. But aren’t all the things worth doing are? Delve into the magical world of fine art figure study and learn the craft from the master himself. Join fine art photography expert Jeet Mukerji for a two-day immersion into everything you need to know to conceptualize, style and shoot photographs that double as works of art as he shows rather than tells the finer aspects of the marvel that is fine art figure study.
MUSES, a one-of-its-kind photography workshop, is one big opportunity to explore your inner artist that often gets lost in the bland bedlam that we call our everyday lives. The second phase of Muses is scheduled to take place in Mumbai. If you are a photographer and have a love for fine art photography or want to explore the genre, then missing out on Muses photography workshop would be akin to a cardinal sin.
Muses En Delhi
The first phase of Muses, Muses En Delhi, has already transpired and has left all those in attendance in a trance. The workshop initially started with some apprehension from the side of the participants which soon dissipated as the workshop progressed, leaving the participants in awe and confidence that with the right control of light, the most decadent of shots can turn into sensual works of art.
In this genre of photography, understanding the concept of light holds a lot of bearing. To this end, a few exercises were practised to make the participants perceive the source and the path of light as projection of light is something which needs to be felt and not setup. This concept aids in creating drama and enigma around the subject, hence creating an impression of implied nudity among the viewers. This is something that distinguishes vulgarity from fine art abstraction.
For the first day of the workshop, a small talk on lighting adjustments for fine art figure study shoot followed by a live demo shoot with the model were on the agenda. From explaining how to choose your model to the type of conversations that a photographer has with the model and how to set up lights, every topic was discussed. It was an unlearning of predefined notions and unearthing new lessons, much to the edification of the participants. The participants were later asked to work independently based on what they learnt in the workshop. The photographs clicked by the participants were then processed the next day as they learnt the finer nuances of post-processing. The workshop was an overall enlightening experience and the results are now on display.
As Erol Ozan wisely said, “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” Lost we got in the heady passion of the photographers, lost we got in the dark atelier, illuminated only by the strobe lights, only to find within ourselves an artist, capable of creating wonders with just a click.