365 Days of Clones


6/12 | The Birth of a Jedi on Flickr.

The sixth photograph in the series is entitled “The Birth of a Jedi” and is based upon Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, originally commissioned by the Medici family of Florence. Botticelli’s masterpiece depicts Venus emerging from the sea as a fully grown nude woman.

As the title suggests; Venus is the central figure in Botticelli’s work, she is being “born” from the sea. Similarly, Luke is being “born” from the swamp. Although Luke did receive some Jedi training from Obi-Wan, it is my belief that he did not truly become a Jedi until he met and trained with Yoda on the desolate planet of Dagobah. The figure to Venus’ right has been replaced with Artoo; this seemed appropriate as she seems to be an assistant of sorts, much like Artoo is to Luke. The flying angels to Venus’ left have been replaced with Yoda. Again, this seemed to fit for various reasons. Venus’ vessel; the shell, has been replaced with Luke’s X-Wing. The trees and shoreline have been transformed to a more appropriate “swamp like” setting; including the addition of the snake which was originally found in Luke’s bag. Finally the relatively sunny setting of Botticelli’s original has had the addition of some mist to help create an authentic swamp feel.

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5/12 | Leia Leading The Rebels on Flickr.

The fifth photograph in the series is entitled “Leia Leading the Rebels” and is based upon Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, a painting that was created to commemorate the French Revolution. Delacroix has created a triangle composition bringing focus to Marianne; the woman who personifies Liberty.

Liberty leads the people of France over their fallen friends and family; similarly, Leia leads the Rebels after the Battle of Hoth. Both Liberty and Leia are atop of a mound of corpses, acting much like a pedestal from which our leading ladies stride. Liberty holds the tricolour flag of the French Revolution while Leia holds a flag that symbolizes the Rebellion. Notre Dame can be seen in the background of Delacroix’s masterpiece. Similarly, the Power Generators of Hoth can be seen in the background behind the smoke. The addition of the X-Wing was my way of adding Luke into the scene. During the Battle of Hoth, Han and Chewbacca take Leia and Threepio in the Millennium Falcon after a passageway collapses and she is unable to make her rendezvous. Luke than proceeds to Dagobah in his X-Wing. As this was the case, it made sense that Luke would not be in the photo. Based upon this logic, Artoo should have been replaced with Threepio. In an ideal World this would have been the case, however, Threepio was too tall and the composition did not look right. I replaced him with Artoo and the shot seemed to flow a little better. Threepio has not been forgotten, he has been placed behind Han and Chewbacca.

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Just having a little fun playing with some water drops on Star Wars Day!  May the Fourth Be With You!  

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4/12 | The Death of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Flickr.

The fourth photograph in the series is entitled “The Death of Obi-Wan Kenobi” and is based upon Jacques-Louis David’s The Death of Socrates. David focuses on the story of Socrates death. As the history books tell it, Socrates is given the option of death or exile, he chooses death… Like most Renaissance paintings, The Death of Socrates is open to interpretation.

After looking for countless hours for a painting or photograph that depicted a one on one fight, I could not find one that I thought would have translated well to the duel between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Instead, I have taken a little creative license to show this critical moment of A New Hope. Although this is not true visual recreation of the infamous lightsaber duel, it does contain all of the same meaning. Kenobi replaces Socrates in the centre of the scene at the moment before his death. He is surrounded by the usual suspects so to speak; Han, Leia, Artoo, Threepio and Chewbacca. Similarly, Socrates is surrounded by many of his followers. Luke, Kenobi’s last pupil, takes the place of Socrates’ most well known student; Plato, and sits in shock, perhaps questioning his master’s choice of death. Finally; Vader holds his lightsaber in place of the deadly hemlock, both items chosen by the soon to be dead.

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3/12 | Cantina on Flickr.

The third photograph in the series is entitled “Cantina” and is based upon Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. Hopper’s painting depicts a couple, a solitary man and of course a diner worker in a New York diner late at night. There has been some discussion over the years in regards to the meaning of Hopper’s painting, but to most Historians it has remained very ambiguous…

I have decided to recreate the infamous Cantina scene from a New Hope. It is at this point that our Hero; Luke, has found his droids, discovered who Obi-Wan Kenobi really is and has lost his aunt and uncle to the Empire. Kenobi, Skywalker and the droids are looking for a means of escape and as a result end up in the Mos Eisley Space Port and more specifically, the Cantina. I have chosen to only include the needed characters for the recreation of this important part of the film. Skywalker, Kenobi, Wuher (the bartender) and of course Ponda Baba. This was done for a couple reasons, but mainly because the original painting only has four characters in it. When I was a child, I remember watching this scene over and over. It was one of the turning points of the film for me. The Cantina was what really introduced me to the wonderful universe of Star Wars. All the different characters and creatures where truly unique and who could forget that Cantina Band? Mos Eisley and the Cantina were also where we first saw a Jedi; Kenobi, and the Force in action!

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My I Bent My Wookiee design has been officially funded @ TeePublic and is now available for $20.  Thank you everyone for your support!  

For those of you who are interested, I will be adding more designs (provided they are funded) to my TeePublic store. 



If you missed it the first time around, now is your chance to pick up my I Bent My Wookiee design on TeePublic.

If 30 people fund I Bent My Wookiee in the next 30 days, then it will go to print as well as become a permanent tee available on TeePublic.

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2/12 | The Fourth of May on Flickr.

The second photograph in the series is entitled “The Fourth of May” and is based upon Francisco Goya’s The Third of May. Goya’s painting commemorates the Spanish resistance to Napoleon’s armies during the Peninsular War of 1808. It was during this time; 1804-1814, that Napoleon’s official title was “Emperor of the French”. In many ways, Napoleon and the French could be compared to the Emperor and the Empire from the Star War universe; similarly, the people of Spain could just as easily be seen as the Rebels; both resisting an imposed authority.

In my recreation, I have chosen to replace the Spanish civilians; the resistance, with Owen Lars and Beru Whitesun; more commonly known as Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. Although it was not depicted in “A New Hope”, it is my belief that Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru fought bravely to protect their adopted son; Luke, as well as his newly purchased droids from the Empire. Similarly, the people of Spain resisted against the Napoleonic armies by ambushing and sabotaging them in every way imaginable. The Rebels approach against the Empire was very similar. By using guerrilla warfare strategies, they became the itch that the Empire could not scratch. In Goya’s original, the French army has been set up as a firing squad on the right side of the painting; perhaps this was symbolic of the French invading Spain from the East? In my recreation, Napoleon’s firing squad has been replaced with an Imperial firing squad of Sandtroopers.

The content of Goya’s painting has been considered groundbreaking by many art historians as it diverges from traditional Christian art as well as the traditional depiction of war. Goya’s positioning of characters, scenery choice as well as the story behind the painting has allowed it to be the influence behind the second tableau in my retelling of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It should also be noted that Goya’s “The Third of May” has also bee said to be the first painting of its kind and is acknowledged as one of the first paintings of the modern era.

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I recently sat down with Jakob Schiller from Wired.com.  He wrote a great article on my past and current photographic series.  If you’ve got a few minutes, go check it out.



Society6 has decided to have another week of FREE SHIPPING TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!

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1/12 | The Calling of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Flickr.

Over the past two years I have been overwhelmed with the interest in my various photographic series. When I first began my 365 Days of Clones series, my goal was to create, photographic, edit, and post a new photograph online each day. Similarly, my goal with my 52 Weeks of Star Wars series was to create a new photograph and post it online weekly. This year I have decided to create a monthly series entitled 12 Months of Hope, Empire & Jedi Once again, the goal this year is to simplify my photographic process; quality over quantity. 12 Months of Hope, Empire & Jedi is a series of 12 images that tell the tale of original Star Wars Trilogy through the recreation of historical paintings and photographs. There will be four images for each of the original films; A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Like my 52 Weeks of Star Wars series, 12 Months of Hope, Empire & Jedi will also be creations for my Cloned Photos mini-series.

The first photograph in the series is entitled “The Calling of Obi-Wan Kenobi” and is based upon Caravaggio’s The Calling of Saint Matthew. Caravaggio’s painting depicts Jesus and Saint Peter entering the room on the far right. I have chosen to depict Artoo entering by himself. Matthew is depicted at the table with a group of men. Although there has been much debate, it is widely accepted that the bearded man with the surprised expression on his face is Matthew. I have replaced Matthew with Obi-Wan as Matthew was being called by Jesus to follow him. Similarly, Obi-Wan was being asked to help Princess Leia with the assistance of Artoo of course. I should note that Princess Leia’s hologram is seen twice in the film; once by Luke, Threepio and Artoo and then a second time by Obi-Wan. Although Han and Chewbacca did not see Leia’s cry for help, I have decided to add them to the photograph for a couple of reasons. Both characters play very important roles in the rescue of Leia from the Death Star as well as Caravaggio had painted five men sitting at the table, not three.

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Thank you everyone for another successful year!  To help celebrate the completion of my 52 Weeks of Star Wars series, Society6 has decided to have another week of FREE SHIPPING TO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! 

If you were waiting for my series to be complete to pick up a new iPhone case, iPad or Laptop skin or even one of my tees, now is the time to take advantage of this great offer.

This deal only lasts until Sunday, January 13 @ midnight. 

I will once again be adding a few favourites to my iPhone collection this weekend… stay tuned!

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52/52 | Where Are The Droids? on Flickr.

52 Weeks of Star Wars is a weekly photo project starring various characters from the Star Wars franchise. This photo project is a continuation of sorts to my original series; 365 Days of Clones, specially my Cloned Photos mini-series.

Today marks the Fifty Second and final creation in this year long adventure. As the title suggests; 52 Weeks of Star Wars, one new photo will be taken, edited and added to the running total every Sunday. The twist is that all the images will be a recreation of sorts of a previous image. Some; like today, will be album covers, some will be film posters and others will be famous or well known images of the 20th century. There may even be the odd recreation of a painting!

“Where Are The Droids” is my recreation of Pink Floyd’s; Wish You Were Here album from 1975.

Some of you may be wondering why I chose to create a Cloned Photo base upon this particular album cover. Wish You Were Here is my favourite Floyd album and I have wanted to attempt it for sometime now. There are the obvious connections; Uncle Owen being burned by the Imperial Stormtroopers for starters and the not so obvious ones like wanting to end the years series with another album cover as I began it with one; my recreation of the Beatles Let It Be (A New Hope).

Two years ago I completed my 365 Days of Clones (as well as my 365 “Alternative Days” of Clones). This year I decided that I wanted to focus on quality versus quantity, thus challenging myself to create my 52 Weeks of Star Wars collection; images that were based upon movie posters, album covers, paintings and of course historical events. This project grew out of my previous series entitled Cloned Photos; which thanks to many sources on the net and various publications, has seen much publicity World Wide. I am grateful for those of you who have followed me on my two year long adventure as well as those of you who have just discovered my work. I have had a blast and look forward to creating more images in the coming year. I will be beginning another series in the upcoming year. What exactly it is you ask? Well lets just say you’ll have to check back to see! I can tell you that it will involve a series of 12 images. Why 12 you ask? That’s simple. It seems like the natural progression in my year long adventures. One photograph a day, then one photograph a week, and next year there will be one photograph a month. Is this the end of my Cloned Photos series? Absolutely not! I have decided to add the occasional image as I have several ideas that I have not been able to get to yet and it would be a shame not to create them.

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51/52 | Elf on Flickr.
52 Weeks of Star Wars  is a weekly photo project starring various characters from the Star Wars franchise. This photo project is a continuation of sorts to my original series; 365 Days of Clones, specially my Cloned Photos mini-series. Today marks the Fifty First creation in this year long adventure. As the title suggests; 52 Weeks of Star Wars, one new photo will be taken, edited and added to the running total every Sunday. The twist is that all the images will be a recreation of sorts of a previous image. Some; like today, will be a recreation from a movie poster, while others will be recreations of famous images of the 20th century or album covers. There may even be the odd recreation of a painting! “Elf” is my recreation of Will Ferrell’s Christmas tale of Buddy the Elf. Elf tells the story of a human boy who is orphaned and finds his way to the North Pole. He is raised by Santa’s Elfs. Eventually he realizes that he is not an elf but rather is human. Buddy seeks his father in New York and the story goes on…  Some of you may be wondering why I chose to create a Cloned Photo based upon this particular movie poster. As you all know, Christmas is in a few days so I decided I should create a photo with this theme. Luke, much like Buddy is an orphan. Through the course of Elf, Buddy searches for his father. Similarly, Luke discovers his father is Darth Vader (formally Anakin Skywalker). Another crazy connection, I know… but as I’ve said before, they all are! 
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51/52 | Elf on Flickr.

52 Weeks of Star Wars is a weekly photo project starring various characters from the Star Wars franchise. This photo project is a continuation of sorts to my original series; 365 Days of Clones, specially my Cloned Photos mini-series.

Today marks the Fifty First creation in this year long adventure. As the title suggests; 52 Weeks of Star Wars, one new photo will be taken, edited and added to the running total every Sunday. The twist is that all the images will be a recreation of sorts of a previous image. Some; like today, will be a recreation from a movie poster, while others will be recreations of famous images of the 20th century or album covers. There may even be the odd recreation of a painting!

“Elf” is my recreation of Will Ferrell’s Christmas tale of Buddy the Elf. Elf tells the story of a human boy who is orphaned and finds his way to the North Pole. He is raised by Santa’s Elfs. Eventually he realizes that he is not an elf but rather is human. Buddy seeks his father in New York and the story goes on…

Some of you may be wondering why I chose to create a Cloned Photo based upon this particular movie poster. As you all know, Christmas is in a few days so I decided I should create a photo with this theme. Luke, much like Buddy is an orphan. Through the course of Elf, Buddy searches for his father. Similarly, Luke discovers his father is Darth Vader (formally Anakin Skywalker). Another crazy connection, I know… but as I’ve said before, they all are!

Enjoy! 


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