Three-dimensional objects in perspective

What is the best way to depict a three-dimensional object in a photograph? While personal choices and tastes certainly play a role here, technical considerations are no less important. Whenever you photograph objects, lighting is essential: the choice to use soft or hard light completely changes what is expressed by the image. Decisions like these are always made in consultation with the artist or client.

While sculptural art appears in many forms, it is almost always something that can be viewed from different perspectives. This presence in space should be visible in the photo. Searching for the best angle and the right balance between light and shadow is just one of the many challenges that makes my work truly enjoyable.

Below you see a few sculptures that differ in character. First an untitled modern work by A.F.M van den Heuvel (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Sanders’ gift); next a statue of Saint Andreas (alabaster, 17th or 18th century, Italy, Begijnhof Amsterdam) followed by Three Groups of Men by Pieter Xaveri (1673, terracotta, Castle Duivenvoorde Foundation collection ), and a marble sculpture, Ruth, by Jean-Antonie van der Ven (1844, Castle Duivenvoorde Foundation collection) —with a drawing of the figure and the sculpture itself side-by-side; and lastly two Tibetan Buddhas (gilded bronze, 14th -15th century, private collection).