Belle by Patrick Nicholas 2005A behind the scenes look at the shooting of the Belle Romagnole by Patrick Nicholas. His work consists of tasteful nude photographs sometimes ironic, sometimes witty, always beautiful (hence the title, Belle means beautiful women in Italian). Inspired by the old masters, but using extraordinary ordinary women rather than professional models. He is joined by his collaborators: models, make-up artist and hairdresser and journalist......and dog.
Medusa Photo Shoot Behind-the-ScenesPatrick Nicholas shoots Medusa, one of the Metamorphoses, in Holland. The protagonist is Valeria. We met at the Incanto restaurant in Amsterdam and on a whim I asked her if she would like to participate in the Belle project. Like all my models she is an amateur.
Women Portraying Art - Patrick Nicholas Fine Art Photographer.Lighthearted half hour documentary about photographer Patrick Nicholas shooting 5 pictures on location in Italy for his 'Belle' series of nude photographs based loosely on the old masters - all in the best possible taste. Made for Swiss National Tv in 2007, broadcast in 2008 on the Storie documentary programme.
KlimtomaniaBehind-the-scenes documentary about the shooting of Klimtomania in Bologna by Patrick Nicholas, who has lived in Italy since the mid eighties. This picture belongs to the series of photos called 'Belle' (Beautiful Women in Italian). He takes ordinary women from all walks of life rather than models and asks them to reinterpret a work of art. The pictures are at turns ironic, playful, topical and sometimes even serious.
Balnea Vina Venus. Art Photography InspirationDutchman Alma-Tadema gave the British an accurately painted, but richly atmospheric vision of the ancient Mediterranean world. When I saw Monica at the casting session I thought of her immediately for Balnea Vina Venus a Tepidarium inspired image. The evocative inscription “Balnea, Vina ,Venus” (baths, wine, Venus) has been found in many a Roman ruin, so a bottle of chilled white Trebbiano wine has been set by the bench.
You Tube Backstage. Art Photography Portrait based on Velázquez Painting "The Rokeby Venus"The model, Vanessa runs a restaurant with her parents near Forli and they make their own pasta – hence her rolling pin peaking out from under the pillow. Venus had her mirror, now she gazes at herself, calmly satisfied and serenely vain, in a plasma screen recorded by a video-camera – a closed-circuit Venus and self fulfilling prophecy: she can really be admired on You Tube:
Galét Behind-the-ScenesA behind-the-scenes video of the shooting of 'Galét' by Patrick Richmond Nicholas based on 'Pornokrates' by nineteenth century decadent Belgian painter Félicien Rops. The unpaid model was 46 year old Gabriella, a hospital cook from Forlì who took part for the love of art. 2005.