Apsara

 

Before I left for Asia the first time I had been communicating with a designer who was working on a project which was heavy in Eastern artwork.  I was assigned the task of coming back with some raw images which could be stylized for a lounge type environment with dim but very direct lighting on wall hangings.  I must have photographed near 30 temples in a span of 48 hours while I was in Chiang Mai.  They are literally everywhere so it’s not [too] hard to accomplish.  One temple I found particularly interesting had doors with gold leaf figures pressed onto them.  Thai artwork has always intrigued me.  The spindly shapes of the bodies and the delicate curvature of it’s limbs creates lines for my eyes to follow which feels like it draws me into a story.

The figure in this image is called an Apsara which is the rough western equivalent of an angel living between the heavens and the earth.  They are know for their beauty and are particularly well-versed in dance and song.

This is a highly stylized photograph of the temple door I described above.  As I worked with this image and added layer upon layer of digital color I began to notice that it was keeping most of it’s metallic properties.  When I created the print for the final I used metallic paper and covered it with sheet of acrylic.  Metallic paper combined with hard direct halogen lights from above gave this image a three dimensional effect.