Stories | Soho, Hong Kong, China | March 30th, 2021
THE SACRIFICE - EXPLORING CARAVAGGIO'S LIGHT THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY
Stories | Miami, Florida, USA | August 5th, 2021
During my extensive and eclectic exploration of the old masters, I encountered Caravaggio. Often associated with the Baroque school, he is revered as its inaugural luminary. Within the realm of fine art photography, his prowess in the chiaroscuro style is esteemed for its remarkable intensity and beauty.
This technique hinges on stark contrasts of light and shadow to accentuate nuances of gesture and facial expression. While you may not recognize it outright, the influence of his oeuvre permeates artistic realms far and wide. Caravaggio’s artistic legacy reverberates through the works of subsequent luminaries such as Rembrandt in Holland, Diego Velázquez in Spain, and Théodore Géricault in France. Furthermore, his dramatic staging and pioneering manipulation of light and shade have served as direct wellsprings of inspiration for prominent cinematic figures, including Pier Paolo Pasolini and the venerable Martin Scorsese.
Personally, I found myself drawn more to Caravaggio’s rebellious and perilous persona than to his artistic output. Nevertheless, there was an ineffable allure to his profound and somber style that left an indelible imprint on me. Rather than viewing darkness as an ominous force, I chose to embrace it as a source of beauty. My affinity for chiaroscuro was already evident in my recent work.
For this particular study, I collaborated with Diaine, an exuberant Brazilian model traversing from Texas. She proved to be an ideal subject for this endeavor, possessing both the requisite experience and a robust yet delicately feminine physique reminiscent of figures often depicted in Baroque paintings. Caravaggio’s predilection for the color red resonated seamlessly with the ongoing thematic exploration of my Red Series. Intending to utilize her feminine form as a beacon amid the shadows, I aimed to imbue the resulting photographs with an intimate aura of mystery. In doing so, I sought to evoke the shared sentiment of being the guiding light amidst the darkness that pervades our lives.
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Marc-Anthony is a self-taught Haitian photographer/artist currently residing and developing in South Florida. While pursuing Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, his passion for art history, fine arts, and the captivating realm of film photography took root. During his stay in China, his interest in portrait photography flourished and became a defining element upon his return. His distinctive style effortlessly blends the textures and lighting techniques reminiscent of early fine arts with modern approaches, weaving narratives that are both compelling and timeless.