Figure Study 002: Holly Burnham x Melanie Blankenship

 

The images of photographer Holly Burnham exist as paintings captured by other means. Each photograph reflects Burnham as much as it does the model — she is the subject, the unseen body in the frame.

For her role in the images, model Melanie Blankenship is willing and able to transform — from the work she does for the bridal industry to beauty and fashion, she can be a stoic waif, Midwestern bride, or aggressive beauty. Following Blankenship on Instagram is similar to evolving sketchbook of an artist, each image is a shift from the previous, a new take on an existing style.

For Figure Study 002, Burnham and Blankenship created a set of photos only they could create, one, that I hope, inspires artists to pick a pencil or brush, and start sketching.

 

 


 

“Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist.”

 

– Georges Seurat

 


 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

 

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

Figure Study 002: Photographer: Holly Burnham | Model: Melanie Blankenship

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