The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an innovative and gripping literary adaptation, a graduation animated eight-minute short film by Thomas Beg at England’s UCA Rochester. Adapting the Oscar Wilde classic, Thomas Beg has crafted a short film that is in the running for best of the year. The visual presentation of this familiar story is what sets Beg’s adaptation apart: the use of beautiful, visually intricate black-and-white tableaus, the novel portrait mode framing and his choice of creating a story about human characters with no actual character animation.

For those unfamiliar with the story, The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s only published novel, released in 1891. Dorian Gray is gazing upon a completed portrait of himself when it strikes him as tragic that he will grow old, while the portrait will forever capture him in the bloom of youth. If only it were reversed. Suddenly it is so, and the story follows the moral degradation of Gray after this supernatural event.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Photos of the Day: Portraits of Naked, Beautiful Immortals

Photos of the Day: Portraits of Naked, Beautiful Immortals

Photography by:  Vee Speers, Paris

Immortal is a stunning work of photo-based art by the Parisian photographer Vee Speers, a work which creates a new world that merges Mona Lisa charm and mystery, with the melancholy of Dorian Gray.   At once alluring and disquieting, these portraits of naked, beautiful young people are set against backdrops of Eden-like natural beauty, or scenes of post-apocalyptic destruction.

What makes Immortal work so well is the direct gaze that Speers elicits from her subjects.  The look is genuine, whether it’s detached, disdainful, modest, defiant, arrogant, melancholy, worried, or puffed up with peacock machismo.  These Immortals are all like tragic fallen angels, eyes opened with animal intelligence, looking out onto an uncertain future, not even aware of how perfectly beautiful they appear to be right now.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Slide Show: Portraits of Naked, Beautiful Immortals

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