Birth of Alabaster
I was testing the live view function with a Lensbaby 3G variable focus lens and looking for a subject.
I chose a cheapo alabaster cast about 35 cm high, bought from one of the tourist rip-off shops near where I live. We all have to make a living, I suppose.
I can't work out what made the sculptor give her such a modern body compared to the Botticelli original. Her derrière - were I inclined to shoot it - can only be described as 'pert', whereas I believe old Alessandro (a total foot fetishist, if ever there was one) would have given her a nice, semi-gothic and no doubt graceful rump. When I start contemplating might-have-been backsides in art history, I know it's time for me to go to bed.
Anyway, this is one of the few Lensbaby shots I am rather proud of. The image was post-processed to resemble Kodak 400 CN black and white film, which sounds like I know what that is. I liked the effect, that's all. Photoblog has lost some of the shadow tones unfortunately.