Prooving once again that good things come in three are some different versions of the 3 graces. Based on the same version by Antonio Canova. All of these images are available in high-res splendor at http://vancecox.zenfolio.com/
This first image is one I took in Maymont Park in Richmond, Virginia. The original of this print had an interesting creation. First I used a 35mm Canon F1 (F1s Rule!) and took a slide. Probably Ektachrome of some sort.
Then I placed the slide in an Enlarger (remember those?) and created a paper negative on b/w paper, probably Ektalure — my all time favorite paper for the rich tonalities…but I digress! Then I made a contact print of that paper b/w print negative, again on Ektalure. Super rich tonalities! Very dark and moody. In other words, just right. I’ve tried to approximate that effect using Photoshop and I think it’s quite good. Now, far be it from me to be simple with my approach to Photoshop, so this picture involved, scanning the original slide, color correcting so it looked pretty authentic. Then using a black and white filter and then tweeking so the sky was strong but not too much so. A couple of other actions, then going “quadtone” with a warm touch.
For the version above, I used an old — even by mid 80’s standards — Speed Graphics 4 x 5 camera. I really didn’t use the camera too much because it was plainly too much damn work. But the greyscale tonalities are incredible, so here’s an example, again my favorite 3 models at the time, the 3 graces in nearby Maymont Park in Richmond.
Halfway around the globe (ok, maybe a third) I found the Chicks de Trois yet again in Stuttgard, Germany while stopping off on my way to Athens for some secret squirrel meetings that amounted to a really great excuse to visit to the Black Forest and nothing more. Best waste of tax payer $$$ ever! I took these in an Art museum that I think has moved to another building.
Here’s a shot of the girls from another standpoint in the courtyard of the museum. Looks like mom is keeping a watchful eye on them.
Here’s the wikipedia short description of the 3 graces… “Charites, known in Greek mythology as The Three Graces, goddesses of such things as charm, beauty, and creativity. In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae. They are a huge theme in art and it was fun to see all the different versions online.
The 3 graces, all sex and disco’ed up in an ad for jewelry.
3 Graces – Kate Ship, Music – Kumo: experimental film with some fun images. I like the busy beat!
For a far-out version of the 3 graces by the photography world’s original outlaw badboy google “The three graces” and “Joel-Peter Witkin”. You might have to turn off those family friendly league of decency image filters. At least it looks like he’s using live models this time! For those of you familiar with Joel-Peter Witkin, he needs no introduction but for those who are not you should be forewarned — you are entering nightmare land. In a previous time he would have been burned at the stake or at least locked up. But there is great beauty in his images as well, that is, if you can distance yourself from the disturbing aspects of his work. A fiendishly clever aesthetic! Not for the squeamish!
Lastly, Aldous Huxley had a short story by the name “Two or Three Graces”.