Progression of Han Shot First

Every once and a while I get asked how I know when a photo is complete. If I’m honest, it’s just a feeling I get.

Here are three versions of my latest shot; "Han Shot First". I thought I was done with the first image, but Han’s face didn’t look quite right (neither did Greedo’s). The second image was looking good (I even submitted this one for my interview on Innerspace), but something just wasn’t right. It wasn’t until I went back and added an extra layer of crowd in the Cantina that it looked complete for me.

What do you think?

Han Shot First

Han Shot First by egerbver

Han Shot First, a photo by egerbver on Flickr.

Here is a recent remake of my Trooper vs Trooper photo I did a few years back. My original is one of my favourites but I’ve always thought there needed to be more spectators… I also thought having Han and Greedo would be fun. Do you like this version or my original better? Let me know!

Inspiration for Han Shot First

Ali vs. Liston, Neil Leifer, May 25, 1965.

(This photograph was not taken by me, it was used as a reference for one of my Cloned Photos. I have posted it for a reference and nothing more).

Inspiration for Han Shot First

Cantina

Cantina by egerbver

Cantina, a photo by egerbver on Flickr.

Here is another version of my Cantina scene I created for the third image in my 12 Months of Hope, Empire & Jedi. I couldn’t resist doing a version with Boba, Han and Chewy! I think I may even have a version with Greedo too! What do you think? Like? Dislike? Let me know!

Cantina

Cantina by egerbver

Cantina, a photo by egerbver on Flickr.

Here is another version of my Cantina scene I created for the third image in my 12 Months of Hope, Empire & Jedi. I couldn’t resist doing a version with Boba, Han and Chewy! I think I may even have a version with Greedo too! What do you think? Like? Dislike? Let me know!

12/12 | The Death of Vader

12/12 | The Death of Vader by egerbver

12/12 | The Death of Vader, a photo by egerbver on Flickr.

The twelfth and final photograph in the series is entitled “The Death of Vader” and is based upon Jacques Louis David’s Death of Marat. Jacques Louis David has always been a favourite of mine and throughout my “12 Months of Hope, Empire and Jedi” I have finished each movie sequence with one of his works. “The Death of Obi-Wan”; my homage to David’s “The Death of Socrates” was the final image in the “A New Hope” sequence of images, while “Oath of the Skywalkers”; my homage to “Oath of the Horatii”, was the final image in the “Empire Strikes Back” sequence of images. It seemed only fitting to complete the final movie sequence; “Return of the Jedi”, with “The Death of Vader”; my homage to David’s “The Death of Marat”.

I have wanted to recreate David’s “Death of Marat” for sometime now and the moment of Darth Vader’s death in Return of the Jedi seemed to fit well. I am aware that compositionally my version is not exactly the same as David’s original, but I wanted to be true to the film as it was the last image of my series. Vader finally passes in Luke’s arms while on the ramp to the Imperial shuttle. I felt that I needed to show the ramp and this obviously caused some issues compositionally as in David’s original, Marat is depicted in the bathtub moments after his murder by Charlotte Corday. I am also aware that Vader should be missing his right hand as it was cut off by Luke only moments before his death, but I felt that without it, the image looked incomplete.

Once again I would like to send out a BIG thank you to those of you who have followed my projects over the past three years. I am continually humbled by the emails, comments and world wide recognition I continue to receive. Thank you all once again.

What do I have planned for 2014 you ask… Once again I have been playing around with a few ideas, but if I’m honest, I haven’t narrowed it down as of yet. I guess you’ll just have to keep on the look out!

Enjoy!

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Inspiration for 12/12 | The Death of Vader

12/12 | The Death of Vader Set Up Shot

11/12 | Las Ewoks

11/12 | Las Ewoks by egerbver

11/12 | Las Ewoks, a photo by egerbver on Flickr.

The eleventh photograph in the series is entitled “Las Ewoks” and is based upon Diego Velàzquez’s Las Meninas (the Maids of Honour).

Diego Velàzquez was a Spanish painter who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV and arguably the most important painter of the Spanish Golden Age. His Las Meninas was his crowing jewel so to speak and is one of the most widely analyzed works in Western painting. The work’s complex and enigmatic composition raises several questions about the reality versus the illusion and seems to create an uncertain relationship between the viewer and the figures depicted. I have done my best to re-represent some of his illusions in my recreation.

As the title suggests, Velàzquez’s painting depicts the young Margaret Theresa; the future Holy Roman Empress, German Queen and her Maids of Honour. I have chosen to replace Theresa with See-Threepio as she is surrounded by her Maids of Honour; similarly, Threepio is surrounded by the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi. Threepio is seen as a God by the Ewoks. If you look carefully you can see that he is starting to "float" (with a little help from Luke of course!) In comparison, Theresa would have been seen as a God like being to the people of Spain. Teebo and Logray have replaced the two Maids of Honour (doña Isable de Velasco and doña Maria Augstina Sarmiento de Sotomayor). The two dwarfs have been replaced by Artoo Detoo and Wicket. These switches seemed to make sense as the older of the dwarfs is stoic and wearing a blueish dress, while the other is very curious and poking the dog with her foot. Similarly, Artoo is depicted standing straight and Wicket is poking Paploo; who has replaced the dog, with his spear. Leia and Han have replaced Theresa’s chaperone and bodyguard. Luke has replaced Velàzquez who has been thought to be painting a portrait of the King and Queen who are depicted in the mirror in the background (I have replaced them with Yoda and Obi-Wan as Force Ghosts). Finally, Darth Vader can be seen entering or exiting the Ewok hut, similarly, there is a mysterious figure who is either entering or leaving the room. Not much is know about him, but it is thought that he may be related to Velàzquez.

Enjoy!

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