I thought I would start off with one of the masters of composite imagery, Alexia Sinclair. Most of us are pretty familiar with her work and what she does, but her work can not go overlooked in the photomanipulation realm.
Alexia Sinclair is a Sydney based fine-art photographer and digital artist who specializes in fantasy composites. She is most well known for her two series; The Regal Twelve and The Royal Dozen. In these series she scouted and photographed locations and then combined them with studio portraits.
Alexia Sinclair is my main inspiration for my folio, as I highly admire her style and creativity.
Alexia gets her work by producing images for exhibition and by doing commercial and private commissions. She also sells her artworks as limited edition collectors prints and hosts various workshops.
The Regal Twelve
Alexia traveled to Europe to capture backgrounds for her series of twelve european queens. They are captured in a dark, yet elegant style and I love the intricacy of the props and fashion. The series includes monarchs such as Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth and Marie Antoinette. What makes this series more interesting than other composite work is that it is of real people, which makes it more engaging to the viewer, as the you can work out who the person in the image is based on the props and background.
The Royal Dozen
This is the male version of the Regal Twelve, and is my favourite of her works so far. Again, what I think makes it work particularly well is that it is of real people, and her work really explores the history and personality of each person. As with the Regal Twelve, she traveled predominantly in Europe to capture the location images, and then returned to Australia to do the studio portraits. The Noble men she chose for this series was based on their controversial leadership and influence on society, and included men such as Alexander the Great, Genghis Kahn and Napoleon.