Adopt an unusual angle in your art
Sergey Kolesov reveals how to capture an extraordinary image by playing with scale, contrast and perspective
Sergey Kolesov reveals how to capture an extraordinary image without aiming for anything in particular.
Mermaid is a personal piece of art. There’s no specific background message – my aim is to produce a striking image and give the viewer plenty to think about. I just want to play with scale, and I decide to take a well-known fantasy character, such as a mermaid, and show it in a fresh light.
Typically, mermaids are represented as a human-sized creature, and in most cases are pictured as beautiful figures in an idyllic underwater environment. My intentions are to maintain the sense of beauty in the image, but make it look weird at the same time. However, I don’t want to depict a dark, oppressive scene; instead, I decide to make the composition bright and cheerful. I’m happy to go with the idea that the mermaid could be alive or dead, which raises the question: has her hair has been cut, or her head? I have no answers to these questions. Let’s just say that my own interpretation is it’s the end of a fairy tale in this picture, but the end is a beautiful one…