Imaginary characters; Bronze by Lionel Arnaudie

“Bronze” is my second series of photographs. It consists of ten portraits depicting imaginary characters.

“Bronze” is my second series of photographs. It consists of ten portraits depicting imaginary characters. For this series, I was very much inspired by bronze sculptures, especially by bronze busts.

As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by bronzes. A feeling of power and grandness radiates from bronze sculptures, mesmerising those who gaze upon them. Even more than the historical figures they represent, I was very interested in bronze as a material with great aesthetic qualities – a slightly grainy texture and warm tones, close to sepia.
The final result was obtained in post-production since the models did not wear any make-up. This last step was essential in the making of “Bronze”. It enabled me to make the models look as if they were made of bronze. I worked on refining the texture of their skin, their hair and their clothes to make them more lively than bronze busts. I did not want my models to look as rigid and cold as statues.
To create a singular series of portraits, I designed and sew all the collars the models wear. These collars are not only decorative since they influence the models’ attitudes and postures. Even if some characters’ appearance or clothes evoke distinctive features of specific historical periods – ruff, monocle, etc. – I did not want “Bronze” to be a historical reconstruction. [Official Website]
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Bronze No.1 Bronze No.7 Bronze No.4 Bronze No.5 Bronze No.9 Bronze No.2 Bronze No.8 Bronze No.6 Bronze No.3

One comment

  • Janssens serge

    Feb 15, 2014 at 16:08

    Je ne sais quelle procéder a utiliser Lionel , de mon temps celui du digital ont appelais cela
    L’oléobromie , tirage à partir d’un positif au gélatine bromure . Ici ce n’est pas le cas ,mais c’est remarquable de finesse et de bon goût ,félicitation ! Serge janssens

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