Vermeer Inspired Fine Art Photography - Woman Violin
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Vermeer Inspired Fine Art Photography - Woman Violin

This image was taken during the woman’s bridal portrait session. After we had photographed Emily in her present day dress, she wanted to get into an authentic period dress of the time when she would have loved to have lived.

This image is part of a Vermeer series.

She does not have any music on the music stand because as she said, ‘I have my husband’s love song memorized in my heart’.

I built the bench for her because I did not know if I could work in wood successfully. I built it as a prop. I had never worked in wood except maybe during wood shop in the eighth grade, so I bought the legs and built the bench, padded it and painted it, including painting the gold edging, just to see if I could do it.

In the late 1500’s, a dog meant chastity. There’s a little box on the table, and that’s for her – It is her virginity that she was giving to her husband as a wedding gift.

Vermeer inspires this image, and although most of his works had left-side lighting, we choose to use a naturally lit window on the right-hand side. Just as Vermeer used items that were present in his space in his painting, I use pieces present in my studio for my creation here and do so regularly.

Location: Edmonson Photography.

1/30; f/4.0; ISO 125; 35.0 mm.

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