Children of paradise

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Dutch photographer, Ruud Van Empel gives us a glimpse of pure innocence, even though these children do not appear to be life like. His characters seem surreal. The artist constructs his photographic image by making use of photomontage, but never uses morphing techniques. The artificiality is visible but the final image is a convincing, autonomous reality. Every image consists of photographic sources that are digitally assembled on the computer. He uses his camera to record his building blocks. Van Empel’s working method is a complex one. He photographs 4 or 5 models in his studio, and takes many series of detailed photos of leaves, flowers, plants and animals. Having gathered hundreds of pictures in his database, he select those images with which he can achieve the best results. He creates new images of mainly children, black and white, set in a paradise environment.

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Ruud Van Empel

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