This is one of the most frustrating pictures I have ever produced. I planned it meticulously, basing the central pose on Michelangelo’s statue, “La Pieta”, and researching Renaissance painting before translating the story into a modern setting. I organised the models into a classic triangular shape, and instructed them on how each one should react to my prompt.
There are a very few touches added to the original photograph, such as the hint of a storm in the top right of the frame. I loved the colour and the drama of it and couldn’t wait to enter it into a Salon.
Readers, it bombed.
For a whole year, I sent it out, both this version in colour and an alternative monochrome rendering. I was just about to close off my FIAP list at the end of last year, when its first acceptance ever crept in. So I drew a line under it after that and consigned it to the archives. I know when I’m beaten.
20th February 2019. In the light of the comments below, I have added the monochrome version for comparison. On checking my records, I see that the monochrome version was the one accepted into the Salon.