Fine Art Portraits by Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk

Photographer Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk infuses the luscious beauty of old masters paintings into her fine art photography. Her Fine Art Portraits look less like they were shot on a D850 and more as if they were pulled from the Baroque section of the museum.

It is obvious to anyone with an art history background that her work is heavily inspired by the Baroque movement, which spanned nearly two centuries, and typically characterized and defined by names like Caravaggio, Vermeer, Poussin and Rembrandt. In one photo a young girl, her head covering, clothing, and accessories are styled exactly like the painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer.

The Baroque movement was known for distinct and defined lighting, very rich decoration, and rather dynamic composition. Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk combines the Chiaroscuro principle and the technique of Sfumato to create depth using light and dark contrasts. Woud-Binnendijk aims for “soft and imperceptible transitions” through layering colors and tones.

This style of photography seems to get more and more popular, as Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photo recently made a similar series.

All images by Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk