Is it a painting or is it a photo? I think the answer is both!

photo made to look like an impasto painting
(Image credit: Tarryn Goldman (@tarryngoldmanphotography))

There truly are no limits to how creative you can be with photography. While it can be as simple as pressing the shutter to take your standard portrait, Tarryn Goldman, a photographer based in South Africa, is blurring the lines between photography and painting with a new series of creative fine art portraits that look exactly like Impasto artworks. 

While asking “What is fine art photography” she came up with a process that involves not only painting a background but painting a model to fit the scene and aesthetic. Fine art photography is about more than just the lens sees, it’s about a concept or an idea that the photographer is trying to relay. It could be based on an emotion, a memory, or a topical event and can vary from landscape, portrait, or even still life. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.