Pekka wrote in post #17390304
It would be interesting to pick some really popular historical figures and do some very realistic and accurate (to the period) environmental portraits. It would require a lots of props, clothing, makeup, location scouting: basically the same effort and requirements if you were to shoot a movie scene. Photoshop could help a lot of course.
Another very interesting and rewarding line of action is to use your photography tools and capabilities but follow the pattern of a famous & distinct artist from past, to the extend that final images are indistinct from original work of that artist. Say try to replicated the portrait images and style of Rembrandt with the same distinct light that shines from back, over right shoulder, angled to the left of subject with signature shadow of nose on the left upper lips and same distinct dresses of the subject to the period with overall dull colors...
But then back to the topic of this thread, I would like to share a story and that is specially in relation to my good old memories of Yale University (Being a very proud graduate of it myself). If you ever come to New Havens and take the tour of Yale university, you will come to know two things that probably never knew before. 1st of all, the Name of a major University is usually given because of its founder who contribute the major finance in making up the place or somehow builds the foundation. The person who did the major contribution in creation of Yale was Jeremiah Dummer. Not Mr Yale. Dummer was so wise that didn't want his graduates have any embracement of calling themselves Graduates of Dummer collage! So generously he let the name of a popular merchant of that time that had seen world from Madras in India to New worlds and that contribute a very small financial aids (Insignificant to say the least) and a few pictures to collage, by the name Elihu Yale, to go with his collage, that later is to be called one of the most prestigious universities of USA if not the World, with a largest number of American Presidents being the graduates of this collage (Including Possibly Hillary soon).
Then on the tour of prestigious yard, you will come across a status of one of the most famous, brave Americans that I am not going to name but if I say his words, even school going kids will name him. The statue is of young very handsome man (He died very early). He was a student of Yale and when he died in his early 20s, till the time that his statue was to be build, about 140 years later, no body remembered how he looked. After all on those days there was no way to capture someone's pictures except very elite and lucky members of the society that might get once in a life time chance of getting their picture drawn by spending a fortune on a local painter. Well the artist commissioned to make the statue had no clue as to how to create him and ultimately they got hold of the most good looking freshman student of that year in Yale and the statue that is erected on his memory currently (Including few replica of it, one ironically placed in front of CIA headquarter) are all belongs to someone who lived one an half century later and not the hero himself...
Well there is a lot to learn here and probably the essence is This is the duty of art creator / historian to create what would appeal most suitable to the situation to provide all needed features of a significant person, with embedded right characters rather than what should be historically correct figure. If you are familiar with Hollywood, you know they say "God is not a good director in choosing the right characters or right scenes, most of the time"!
As for your plane, Rainyday, you need to look into that particular time and period and geographic location. A lot of real facts are clear right there. Well there was no easy razor to shave frequently, so a commoner would have long hair and beard. If a person is a Sheppard, spending long time outdoor under natural harsh elements of location, would be expected to have say rough skin with a deep tan. A person of unique distinction such as Jesus, would have profound charm beyond the expectations, so strong face, kind patient temper and a unique appealing facial and body features are clearly the correct way of history. Location and period leads to right way of dressing that might be most correctly curved into stones of that period, now available in museums or historical buildings of that period. Rest is all creator's creation and not what reality was. If this creation is successful, it would be Widely and more importantly, Easily acceptable by masses who know little about the character.
I guess you can find you right fuel in this way and what you create could be very interesting. Please share that with us here, if this project gets to move forward and best wishes.