Van Gogh – Monet – Whistler – Constable – Renoir and Benchman

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I’ve been busy working on a creative idea I’ve had for some time which I have called Benchman. It all started with a photograph I took of a man sat on a bench, contemplating in the summer sun. Who knows what he was thinking? He may have had many problems or none at all and was simply enjoying a Saturday morning rest in the park. As a photograph, it’s just a straightforward snap, nothing special. That’s when I had one of those lightbulb moments of how I could improve on it using one of my other favourite past times, Photoshop.

Benchman Is Born

I browsed my back catalogue of many photographs and came upon some shots I had taken of the Brecon Beacons just before a storm drowned out the place. Benchman, as he was now known as, was placed in the photo and some enhancements added. Even a couple of flying saucers were included to give it a feeling of being alone in the universe. I’m not sure if that worked, but it did get me thinking of putting Benchman in many different environments.

Constable

So I started messing about with some old master paintings, mainly famous ones. The first was Constable’s well known ‘The Haywain’. Because of the angle, Bench-man was photographed at, he fitted perfectly within the scene. It almost looked as though he was letting the little dog off its leash. I was quite pleased with this and even messed with the Bench-man figure and the oil paint settings in Photoshop to get it to look a more natural addition to the painting.

Benchman

Benchman visits famous paintings
Benchman visits famous paintings

Renoir

Next up is Renoir’s painting ‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’. There’s no way it was possible to fit Bench-man in as a complete piece, so he had to be cropped and sat at the end of the table. Again, a bit of tweaking with filters to help create a scene that doesn’t make him look out of place. There you have it, Benchman enjoying his luncheon with the boating party. So what next?

Benchman

Benchman visits famous paintings
Benchman visits famous paintings

Whistler

‘Whistler’s Mother’ by James Whistler has always fascinated me. She looks alone and pensive, worrying about something. Perhaps she needs a visitor to share a cup of tea with? Cue ‘Bench-man’! At least I could get most of his bench in this one. I’ve also tried to get him as close to the brownish tint of the original painting. I wonder what they discussed?

Benchman

Benchman visits famous paintings
Benchman visits famous paintings

Vincent Van Gogh

The next port of call for Bench-man was ‘the bedroom’ that Vincent Van Gogh painted in 1888. He fits very well in this painting and I was fortunate to be able to get him and his bench in a similar style to the original Van Gogh painting. It’s a shame there was no one else with him. Still, if he got bored he could have a lie down on the comfortable looking bed.

Benchman

Benchman visits famous paintings
Benchman visits famous paintings

Monet

The final piece finds my hero sat by the River Seine in Paris. He’s obviously enjoying his time in Monet’s painting. Again, I’ve used filters to make him blend in with the style of Monet’s artwork and I’m pleased with the result. I hope ‘Bench-man’ is too. What next for this virtual traveller? I have no idea, but it’s been a great creative time for me and hopefully, you will enjoy the results too.

Benchman

Benchman visits famous paintings
Benchman visits famous paintings

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20 Comments
  • Sue W
    September 8, 2018

    Trev, These are absolutely brilliant and what a wonderful idea! You are so clever! Looking forward to seeing benchman pop up again, you could create even more pictures and enter him in photo challenges. I love the fun stuff. Thank you for allowing us to meet him. 🙂

    • admin
      September 8, 2018

      Thank you so much, Sue. I like to get creative now and then and hopefully there’ll be more in the future. Thank you

  • Tish Farrell
    September 8, 2018

    This is priceless, Trev. One fabulous light-bulb-photoshop moment.

    • Trev Jones
      September 8, 2018

      Thank you so much, Tish, I appreciate your kind words.

  • rugby843
    September 8, 2018

    Wow! How fun! I think my face is the Monet. This is genius. And as Yoda would say, “An artist you are”.🤗

    • admin
      September 8, 2018

      Thank you, Rugby, those are very kind words indeed. Thank you again.

  • Emma Beane
    September 8, 2018

    A show of Excellence… 🙂

    • admin
      September 8, 2018

      Thank you very much, Emma, very kind of you.

  • Amanda Ricks
    September 9, 2018

    All of them really are brilliant! Way to go, Trev. 🙂

    • admin
      September 9, 2018

      Thank you very much, Amanda. I appreciate your kind words.

  • amras888
    September 10, 2018

    Absolute genius Trev. My favourite is the Haywain. From now on I will always see Benchman sitting there in my minds eye.

    • admin
      September 10, 2018

      Thank you amras888, I appreciate your very kind words. Glad you like the Haywain. Thank you

  • Photography Journal Blog
    September 11, 2018

    I find this really interesting and I like the results. I shared a link here in my twitter feed.
    Cheers!

    • admin
      September 11, 2018

      Thank you so much, Maran, I appreciate you sharing it as well as your very kind words. Thank you again

  • librepaley8
    September 15, 2018

    Hilarious. Genius invention Benchman simply belongs in each of these works, like a wry, silent observer of art and history.

    • admin
      September 15, 2018

      Thank you so much, librepaley8 your kind words are very much appreciated

  • kindfeelings
    September 18, 2018

    They’re soothing to the eyes with a relaxing vibe.

    • admin
      September 18, 2018

      Thank you, Kindfeelings, I’m pleased you got a relaxing vibe from them.

  • Deepak Singh
    September 18, 2018

    Full of life! Enjoyed much.

    • admin
      September 18, 2018

      Thank you, Deepak, I appreciate your kind words




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