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Dark love poem to America
Director John Hillcoat created a dark love poem to America for Johnny Cash’s posthumous music video, “She Used to Love Me a Lot.”
“In 1968, legendary badass Johnny Cash reportedly visited Nickajack Cave in his native Tennessee, with the intention of killing himself. Instead, he had something of a spiritual experience in that cave, and emerged ready to quit using drugs (which he did, temporarily). This macabre personal narrative is visually represented in a new music video for the once and always Man In Black, one which begins by taking viewers right into the maw of that cave, and ends with our exit.”
This video is filled with hauntingly beautiful and brooding imagery – staged as that classic roadtrip right through the dark American underbelly. There are no shortages of images of prisons, tatoo’s and black crows flying about all seen from the perspective of an anonymous driver in a very big Cadillac.
There is a very strong sense of a biblical narrative here – as always with Johnny Cash – stemming from his White Trash -Tennessee background.
Think like a publisher
I’m super excited to let You all know that our first, very own app is now available in the App Store on iTunes. Normally I’m not soliciting downloads and ratings but in this case I’ll make an exception – If You like what You see please go to…
…and download the app for free and give us a rating in the store (this will help us tremendously)
The app was build from scratch – with my bare hands – using Adobe tools such as InDesign PublishingSuite and so on… I could never have done this without being a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud which has opened up completely new playgrounds for me.
Much has been said – and is still being said – about think like a publisher and this project is my take on it. I believe that the new technologies and new-media has given each and everyone of us a golden opportunity to craft and distribute our own story.
I still love being a photographer…
…AND there is so much more to discover!!!
Images by fashion photographer Anka Bardeleben and me…
Scentury – Perfume Stories is a great project by my friend Helder Suffenplan.
Scentury is a research platform for perfume culture that strives to redefine the way we speak and think about fragrance. This platform translates perfume into stories and images — a language everyone understands. Our global network of creative innovators and fragrance experts helps us to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural, social and psychological contexts of fragrance. Scentury operates both online and offline. Scentury was started and operated by 20FIRST, a Berlin-based studio for brand building and creative direction. 20FIRST was founded by Helder Suffenplan in 2006 and has won many national and international awards.
White Noise White Shores
This multi-media project is celebrating a pure, naive and innocent notion of beauty that seems to be almost forgotten these days. The project was initiated by me and my partner – 3D & CGI artist Thorsten Jasper Weese | recom. It consists of still images, video and (digitall + IRL) sculpture… Technically the process is not overly complicated and consists mainly of photography + 3D modeling + video (editing)
At the actual shooting, 40-50 still frames captured of Marie @ Iconic Management were uploaded into the free AutoDesk 123D Catch software that allows anyone with an internet connection to create real 3D models of virtually any object. The software stitches the images together and produces a 3D model in about 30 mins.
This 3D model was then “sculpted by hand” in Sculptris to refine and enhance the digital sculpturel. The next step was to hand the model over to Thorsten and his team at Recom-CGI for processing and editing. The camera flight and the rendering for the ANIMATION is done inf VREDprofessional and the passes were comped in NUKE and got little FX in After Effects. The team at Recom rendered a number of stills, video and 3D models which were then brought back to me for final editing in Premiere and After Effects.
The stills, based on the digitized Marie, done with 123D Catch, is rendered with the realtime rendertool VREDprofessional as a Wireframe with an Flipflor car paint to achieve a breakable lightweight feel.
Modern Snow White
Digging through my archive I came across these images from a beauty campaign for leading swedish salon MKK that I never really did something with…
Raven haired model Ambra Bolin does her best Snow White impression and it all reminds me of some Japanese cult horror shocker.
… just a quick post with an ongoing stillife project. No biggie ; )))
techno music Beroshima
techno music Beroshima. I recently had the opportunity to be involved in the visual direction for techno legend Frank Muller aka. Beroshima and the release of his new album which is coming very soon.
“Frank Mueller a.k.a Beroshima has been a pioneer of electronic music since the mid 1990’s. His musical passion was ignited at the age of 13, when he created his first DJ set. With the Berlin wall coming down, Beroshima was formed with Ulrich Schnauss in 1994. Beroshima started with a cutting edge acid flavored electronic sound and has constantly evolved as one of the finest acts in live techno. The name Beroshima has spread to the world, with sightings all over the planet from Europe to South America, Asia and everywhere in between. Beroshima is constantly exploring with a musical compass. Frank has dropped uncountable floor hits like “Deebeefunky” “We who are oppressed” and “electronic discussion”. Piles of magazines feature his innovative productions. Frank is often praised for his diverse performance and unique electronic music style. With multi layered grooves, whirling bass-lines and dashes of melodic strings. Frank’s sound has constantly grown with over 20 years of experience producing floor entrancing records. Known as an expert DJ and producer, Frank Muller has been a resident DJ at Mayday and a frequent favorite at the WIRE Festival in Japan, in addition to his residency nights “WE LOVE NEON” in Berlin and constant global touring. Everyone has heard at least once, one of the best known Beroshima tracks, “Horizon” released by Cocoon & Soma. Horizon was the No.1 hit in Ibiza 2007 and best selling record on cocoon.net. It was featured in compilations by Francois.K, Danny Howells, Sven Vath, Funk D’void and many other top DJs. Beroshima releases are often listed on the playlist of many high profile artists, like Nic Fanciulli, Sasha, James Zabiela, Technasia, to name a few. When Frank commands the stage, you can expect moving floors filled with music lover’s hands up, deep sound space and endless dancing.”
Lighting and Equipment
Early on we decided to go for a polished, sophisticated and dark look and I was very happy to be able to use some cool tools such as DMesh and Sculptris, Autodesk 123D Catch (which are all freeware!!!) to add some Delaunay triangulation -and 3D flavor to the overall look. The shooting itself was done within a few hours using minimal lighting and equipment to maximize ease and spontaneity.
colorful makeup looks
A collaboration with make-up artist Linda Sundqvist
This project came about as a consequence of my work as (sometime) guest teacher and lecturer at Fotoskolan STHLM. I was there for a conversation with the students on fashion photography and since I asked everyone to shoot something I needed to walk the walk myself.
I asked my friend make-up artist Linda Sundqvist to collaborate with me on an idea about throwing pigments and I was very happy when she accepted.
I guess You all have seen the amazing images from the hindu festival Holi were pigments are thrown around – those images became our starting point.
We were very fortunate to be able to have two great New Faces from Mika’s in the studio, the stunning Sofia and fresh faced Astrid.
Spring Studio very generously provided us with one of their spacious studios and all the equipment we asked for. Also a very big “Thank You” to Niclas Blyberg at Molanders who made an extra effort to make sure that we had everything we needed in the studio and who also took the time to explain the intricacies of certain lighting systems to the students.
We ended up with a lot of images and video and even a GIF and I put together a Tumblr site with all the material as an “end product”
Petro Wodkins versus Petrov-Vodkin – Russian Contemporary Art
Petro Wodkins is a russian artist & musician, exploring modern, contemporary art. He was (re)born early spring 2013. The goal of Petro is to find the core of art, away from the market, the posh galleries and academia.
For some time now I have been involved in an on-going project by russian contemporary artist Petro Wodkins. Not shying away from controversial interventions both on-line and IRL , Petro recently managed to shut down the world renowned Luisiana Art Museeum for about 5 mins.
For the “paint it White” session Petro had procured a black BMW that within 24 hrs. had been metamorphosed into a totally white car, from the inside out.
A telling and interesting aspect of Petro’s work is his name – Petro Wodkins. This is an allusion to the artist Petrov-Vodkin that lived some100 years ago. One of the aspects of Petro-Vodkin’s work was that he was critized for his work being “too erotic” and he was in conflict with the religious authorities of the Russian Orthodox Church. The latter of course takes advantage of all this and It could be very tempting to dismiss the rather flamboyant Petro as a loudmouth and trixter but once You start to scratch the surface a more nuanced and multi-layered image appears of a very thoughtful and complex artist with a mature understanding of his own role on the art scene and his relations to other artists and players.
The shooting itself was pretty straightforward and fast since our models were painted from head to toe in white paint and we needed to shoot while the paint was still “wet and fresh”. The main image happened at the end, almost as an afterthought and it grew on me later on in the edit. Me personally had some other favorites but in the end the image of Petro throwing paint won out.
Make Your Maker
Five Days of Food, Part Four: Body Architect Lucy McRae Fuses Science and Art for a Lurid Feast
“A crude laboratory plays host to a series of macabre experiments in this short from the burgeoning artist and filmmaker Lucy McRae. Inside, glowing comestibles drip and flow to mold bodily shapes that are then harvested, sliced and repackaged for consumption. Having featured in such publications as Dazed & Confused and Wallpaper*, as well as directing the award-winning Morphē for the skin care brand Aēsop, this latest endeavor from the self-styled “Body Architect” explores how food connects to the body, inside and out. “Everything is edible,” says McRae of her gelatinous props. “The stuff on the model’s face is inked rice paper, and the jellies on her body are molded agar agar, which is made from natural seaweed.” The impulse to show what we are turn into what we eat—and vice versa—was inspired by an encounter with Vietnamese restaurateur Nahji Chu whose outlets in the director’s native Australia merge the culinary arts with an investigation of cultural and individual identity. Taking a hands-on approach to every aspect of production, from the cinematography to the science, McRae adds a personal element to that notion of synthesis, inspired by human biology. “The idea is to create genetic manipulations,” she explains. ‘Eating them is a transdermal absorption.'”