Adopt an un­usual an­gle in your art

Sergey Kolesov re­veals how to cap­ture an ex­tra­or­di­nary im­age by play­ing with scale, con­trast and per­spec­tive

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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…

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