Inspired by Paul Gauguin, Nevermore, 1897.
I picked this painting because I was interested in how the artist used exotic colours. During my research I discovered that the artist had escaped from European civilisation to the Island of Polynesia. His painting shows that Tahiti was not so much of a paradise as people thought. In my photograph I have investigated Gauguin’s use of sad, sombre, and anti-naturalistic colours. I used rotten fruit so that the colours would be similar to those of the painting and also to reflect the sadness of the artist’s model. To produce my final photograph I shot the fruit in the studio and experimented with the composition of fruit, as well as the lighting.