Frank Weitzel

Recreating Meditative Renaissance Inspired Religious Scenes

Recreating Meditative Renaissance Inspired Religious Scenes

It’s not unusual for photographers to be inspired by other types of art. As you may have noticed their is a great deal of renaissance Italian influence in my portraiture.

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All About Photo Magazine (Rory Lewis: Recreating the 'Neophyte' by Gustave Doré) March 2019

All About Photo Magazine (Rory Lewis: Recreating the 'Neophyte' by Gustave Doré) March 2019

Thank you to Sandrine Hermand-Grise, Editor of All About Photo Magazine, interviewing me about my current Selah portrait project. Delighted to share a selection of the portraits and a behind the scenes video from one of the most recent sessions. In which I recreated the 'Neophyte' by Gustave Doré. Read the full interview on All About Photo’s Website, transcript also below.

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Recreating Gustave Doré "The Neophyte”

Recreating Gustave Doré "The Neophyte”

Gustave Doré (1832–1883), throughout my career has continued to inspire my work . I even wrote my dissertation on his illustrations of The Crusades. One of his most famous pieces “The Neophyte” shows a young man in a monastery with other monks who are much older and appear to be worn out or suffering. During my last working visit to Los Angeles, I had to chance to recreate the painting with six remarkable actors, Tony Amendola, Peter Van Norden, Leo Marks, Bo Foxworth, James Sutorius and Frank Weitzel.

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