Homage to the Last Supper

steal rim lighting format wide Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography


There is a saying amongst creatives, "if you're going to steal, steal from the best"!

I suppose Leonardo's Last Supper must be one of the most well known paintings in the world.

It has been copied, re-created and restyled so many times over the centuries, probably none more so than in our current century as its religious importance becomes less significant to a secular world.


There is little that I can say about this image that has not been said a thousand times before by minds greater than mine. However, I do have a couple of observations.

Firstly the format is very wide - what photographers call "letterbox". This is not a format used often in photography, not least because our cameras make us think and see in a more traditional near square.

Secondly that although inherently the position and gaze of most of the subjects is to the central figure. What about the three on the left of the image? They could almost be a separate picture and they are not well connected to the main image.


Shooting is relatively simple: fixed camera, lights and set. The pain comes in photoshopping the composite together afterwards. This was shot with some rim lighting to help me create separation, but that same rim lighting has been a pain when overlaying some of the images together. In all honesty, this would have been achieved much more easily with a full complement of models rather than just one.

However, NikiMarie has played her part very well and has successfully reversed each pose to match the original as you see it.

steal rim lighting format wide Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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