Beyoncé's pregnancy photo shoot: Formation singer channels Venus, classical art in new pics
In recent times, pregnancy photography has really come into its own, with mothers-to-be posing with their baby bumps in the most beautiful of ways. But only Beyoncé can make a full-blown art project out of hers.
After announcing the news that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting twins, on Wednesday, Beyoncé — or Queen Bey as she's known to fans — unleashed a full-fledged photo project on her personal website, titled 'I have three hearts'.
The photo shoot is a treasure trove of both posed and candid photos of Beyoncé, Jay Z, and their five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
It begins with the message she posted to Instagram, along with the now iconic image of her clad in blue ruffled panties, a demi bra and a flowing veil, kneeling as she cradles her belly, with a huge floral arrangement providing the backdrop.
The shoot is divided into three categories, although the images from each are interspersed with the others: First is the shoot against the floral backdrop, that draws heavily from imagery that we see in connection with classical paintings. The second is an underwater shoot that owes inspiration to the visuals of Venus. And the third is a collection of family photographs — of Beyoncé's mother, of her and Jay Z in the early days of their courtship right through to heir wedding, the birth of Blue Ivy and her growing up years.
In the mist of these images are beautiful verses written by Warsan Shire, that speak of womanhood, the cycle of life — girl-woman-mother-child — and speak of a 'black Venus'.
While the Daily Mail pointed out the specific influences that Beyoncé's photos draw from (Guido Reni's 17th century work Reclining Venus With Cupid is one; as is the 5th century work by Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus), some conspiracy theorists have as usual, chosen to see this photo shoot as the latest evidence of the 'Formation' singer's 'connection' with the Illuminati (apparently, her kneeling pose is circumscribed within the outlines of a pyramid, and the number 3 is considered sacred to the followers of the mystical cult).
With the amount of thought Beyoncé puts into visual representation — think about her last album Lemonade — this photo shoot is nothing less than an art project. So can we expect it in the form of an exhibition soon? We'll have to wait and watch. In the meantime, see the images from 'I Have Three Hearts' here:
To see the complete series, click here.