Recreating Tamara de Lempicka's painting in a Photograph

Inspiration Strikes

In the world of art, inspiration often transcends mediums, from the stroke of a brush on canvas to the click of a camera shutter. Such was the case when I embarked on a journey to bring Tamara de Lempicka's iconic painting, 'Saint Moritz 1929,' to life through my lens. From conception to execution, I designed, styled, and captured a photograph that pays homage to this masterpiece of fine art.

Tamara de Lempicka's 'Saint Moritz 1929' is a captivating portrayal of elegance and sophistication set against the backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The painting exudes a sense of glamour, with its chic subject and snow-capped mountains looming in the distance. As an admirer of Lempicka's work, I was drawn to the striking composition and vibrant colours of this piece. Inspired by its beauty, I set out to recreate its essence through photography.

Planning the Shoot

Before diving into the creative process, meticulous planning was essential. One of the most crucial elements of the photograph was the setting. While I couldn't transport myself to the Swiss Alps, I opted to recreate the snow-capped mountains using unconventional materials. Cardboard and cotton wool rolls became my allies in crafting a miniature mountain range that would serve as the backdrop for the shoot.

Bringing the Vision to Life

With the scene set, attention turned to styling and makeup. I enlisted the help of Fraya, whose features echoed the elegance of the Lempicka subject. Drawing inspiration from the painting's stylised portrayal, I meticulously applied makeup to Fraya, accentuating her features to resemble the subject. As Fraya stepped into the scene, surrounded by the makeshift mountains and bathed in carefully orchestrated lighting, the vision began to materialise before my eyes. Every detail, from the draping of fabric to the placement of props, was carefully considered to evoke the same sense of grandeur found in Lempicka's painting.

Capturing the Moment

With everything in place, it was time to capture the shot. As I looked through the viewfinder, I felt a surge of excitement, knowing that I was on the brink of transforming inspiration into reality. With each click of the shutter, I sought to immortalise the essence of the painting translating Lempicka's masterpiece into a contemporary photographic image.

Reflecting on the Process

As I reflect on the journey from conception to execution, I'm reminded of the power of artistic inspiration to transcend boundaries. Through careful planning, creativity, and attention to detail, I was able to breathe new life into Lempicka's vision, reimagining it through the lens of photography. In the end, the photograph serves as a testament to the enduring influence of fine art and the boundless possibilities of creative expression. Just as Lempicka captured the spirit of her era in paint, I sought to capture a moment of timeless beauty through the medium of photography.


In the intersection of fine art and photography lies a world of endless inspiration and creative exploration. By drawing upon the works of masters like Tamara de Lempicka, we can unlock new realms of imagination and breathe new life into age-old masterpieces. Through my own journey of reinterpretation, I've come to appreciate the transformative power of art and the endless possibilities it presents. As I conclude this behind-the-scenes look at the creation of my photograph, I'm filled with a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to pay homage to a timeless work of art.