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LOOK: Classic 17th-Century Paintings Reimagined by a Photographer and His 5-Year-Old Daughter

By Meredith Carroll |

Bill Gekas

A different girl with a pearl earring

Photographer Bill Gekas has a thing for artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and others from that golden era of painting. His thing is so strong, in fact, that he’s created a series of photos recreating the look and feel of the great artists’ work — using his 5-year-old daughter as his model.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Gekas replicates the lighting style that mimic the paintings of the Dutch, Flemish and Italian 17th-century masters.

“The so-called Rembrandt lighting is characterised by strong window light falling on one side of the subject’s face and body, producing shadows amid a rich glow,” Terry Lane writes.

On the site, Gekas says of his unique style that he’s not “scared of taking certain elements from different works and molding them into something to call your own. You might like the lighting from a photo you saw somewhere, a prop from another photo, colors from another. The key is not to limit yourself with the excuse, ‘It’s all been done before.’”

For this series, Gekas’ 5-year-old daughter is dressed in period-appropriate attire and placed in settings that could well be a few hundred years old.

The effect of the portraits is stunning (not to mention seriously fun, too).
Take a look:


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Gekas Cites Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Velazquez as His Inspiration


Bill Gekas said this portrait was inspired by "The Potato Eaters" by Vincent Van Gogh, "but is very different in that I've given it a more Vermeer aesthetic being a girl doing a chore near a window."

All photos used with permission from Bill Gekas

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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One thought on “LOOK: Classic 17th-Century Paintings Reimagined by a Photographer and His 5-Year-Old Daughter

  1. Olga Jimenez says:

    What are the right words? Beautiful, just beautiful

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