Paul Rubens, Cain Slaying Abel, 1608-09.
I picked this painting because of the way the artist Rubens used such detail and subtle colours to portray a dramatic and heinous scene. The mystery behind what compels one man to kill another ignited my interest. This question provided a gateway into my research, where I learnt it is a biblical story of two brothers, Abel, who was obedient to God, and Cain, who defied God. Going deeper into this story, the mystery and drama inspired me to start experimenting photographically. Before creating my work I also looked at Film Noir and German Expressionism. The final outcome of my work is monochromatic photography, where I used shadow and silhouettes to create a dramatic atmosphere as well as hidden symbolism in the patterns they create.