35 | Friends
Read what is so special about double portraits and find out how you can become a part of my new “Friends” series.
This recently finished painting from the series “Friends” shows two girlfriends in Rajasthan, India, and they were photographed there by Anjan Gosh.
I just love the bright colors of their dresses and how they are embracing each other. I think there is something really special about double portraits of close friends. The models do not only interact with the photographer, which sometimes makes them a bit more shy than they usually are. But there’s a clearly visible connection among the two and it may even make them be a bit braver than they usually are. You could also say the friend really loosens up the artificial situation of the shoot.
I first noticed this while painting the girlfriends from Afghanistan last year, who are a bit younger and live in a country not used to meeting many tourists. I can clearly feel how the girl on the right, who seems to be a bit more comfortable in this situation, is making her friend feel at bit safer by leaning against her.
While I am now painting the third painting of the series of girlfriends in Chad – photographed there by Laia López Barnadas – I am really getting into the subject. See updates of my progress in my Instagram account.
Call for Models!
So I have come up with the idea that I wish to make this an ongoing series and I invite you to contact me if you and a friend of yours would like to be painted together. Age, nationality, gender, appearance and other categories do not matter, everyone is welcome. Currently, I would especially appreciate messages from people living in my city, Cologne, so I can personally take a photo of you. But you can also live on the other side of the world and submit a photo. Please send me an email and I will send you more details. Write to: mail(at)ateliersommerkunst.de or use the contact form on my webpage.
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