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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.
rock glamour -
rock glamour – I’m always thrilled to have the opportunity to direct the visual communication for luxury fashion label Stephan Boya. This season we produced a video + some stills + a small Instagram campaign…
See more at: http://bit.ly/1fbzUzI
Hair & Make-Up: http://www.claudiaschlifter.com/
Sound: HerzBlut | https://soundcloud.com/riley-zennstrom
Fashion Designer Michael Sontag
An extended portrait of fashion designer Michael Sontag for Scentury – Perfume Stories, which is an online platform that feature creative people from all over the world, and the things that connect them with perfume: fantasy, sensuality, vision, and inspiring stories. Scentury is the brainchild of Helder Suffenplan, (who is also one of the forces behind much acclaimed multi-platform and art project Upon Paper) and I was thrilled to be asked to participate with this extended portrait of my friend Michael Sontag.
“My parents never gave me the feeling that I need be afraid when leaving the house to explore the world around me. I was able to run wild in the woods and meadows, and to play with whatever nature and chance provided.” – Michael Sontag
Scents, and perfume is something that Helder cares deeply about and as he writes on the platform…
“PERFUME TELLS A THOUSAND TALES — AND EACH OF THEM BELONGS TO SOMEBODY
In 2011, when I first started to speak about my SCENTURY concept, I was staggered by the response. My friends shared with me memories of unforgettable moments, and how these are brought to life most vividly by a fragrance. I heard stories of summer days outdoors, bathed in the aroma of forests and meadows; of Asian timber temples, heavy with the fragrance of holiness; of dearly beloved grandmothers, with their own unmistakable mix of soap and musky ladies’ scent. And there were also tales of first love …
Fragrance stories are often funny, exciting, and romantic, but they can be sad or melancholy too. One thing is common to all of them however: they are intense and deeply personal! There are unique moments in life, which accompany us forever, for with the help of a certain aroma, they become deeply inscribed in our memories. And whenever the familiar fragrance crosses our path again, each cherished moment surges — unexpectedly, astonishingly, overwhelmingly — to the surface of our minds.”
“I was very impressed the way he showed up, because he said that he’s a girl (and he is a real girl) but called himself Max… Plus, and that’s a fact – she is very sexy.
I cannot say more about it . He inspired me so much and i wonder why?”
– a conversation between Peggy Kurka & Max
Do you like living in Hamburg or could you imagine to live somewhere else worldwide? If yes, where would it be?
- For sure. The world is so big and there are so many nice places but in Germany myfavourite city is Hamburg.
Is it possible to love someone even if you mismatch?
– I think everything is possible. Love doesn’t have borders.
Do you sometimes read books starting on the last page going backwards?
– No. Never.
If you know that somebody is annoyed by the stuff you are doing, do you restrain from
– Sometimes but not always. It also depends on WHO is annoyed.
What is loyalty? What is cheating on the other hand?
– That is a tough question! It is hard to think of a definition for loyalty and cheating. Overall I can say that loyalty is that one can rely on the other person and to live without fear being deceived! That you are there and care for each other! Actually I want to say more about that topic but I can’t get the right words to describe it. Going nuts if that happens! Haha! Therefore cheating is when you can’t stick to the previous facts.
Success. What does this word mean to you?
– It means to me that you achieve what you want to. But it can already be the journey your on to reach the goal you are aiming for. Simply as a result for not giving up and moving on.
Is there any criteria in terms of beauty for you? Any attributes?
– I think you can’t define the the meaning of the word beauty. Every single person is beautiful in their kind of way!
Do you think you are pretty?
– Depends in which mood I am! Haha!
Would you say there is a typical german woman?
– I hate cliches. Therefore NO. (Click to Tweet)
In what relation are fun and conscientiousness for you?
– Usually it should be balanced between the two words. But at some times I prefer the fun site which I mostly regret in the end by getting stress and panic.
Are you a person who thinks that it’s important to define art?
– No!!! I think art is something personal. Back in the days when I was at school we analysed pictures and there was only one right way to do so. Everybody has a different point of view about art. One should try to understand the other persons imagination if it’s different than yours and don’t force your perspective on them.
Would you sometimes like to be anybody else? Who would it be?
– I can’t think of one right now but it can definitely be interesting to see the world through other people eyes.
Are you afraid in the dark?
– YES! But I can’t say why.
Do you think sex is overrated?
– Sometimes yes.
Are you sometimes bored by yourself?
– Haha, always! It’s also an individual feature of me being bored pretty fast.
What do you believe in?
– Karma. What goes around comes around!
People are sometimes stuffy. What about you?
– More frequent than I prefer.
Do you like Roland Barthes?
– Unfortunately I wasn’t be able to meet that lovely person one-on-one.
Is there a best time?
– There’s always something better, I think. The second you think it’s the best time you don’t know what the future will bring.
What sets you free?
– To spend time with my granny or to read. Then I forget everything else and become calm.
Can you have sex while listening to the wrong music?
– I don’t know. Perhaps it’s funny in that situation but it depends on your partner. It definitely stops by listening to kids songs and chants!
Stolen question. What is the smallest unit of patience?
– What? If you wanna know whether I am patient or not. I am not most of the time! Haha!
What person do I see in front of me if you turn, let’s say, 65.
– You gonna see a grey-haired granny with a lot of grandchildren who are sitting in my kitchen and waiting for me to make dinner.
Put the following words in YOUR order: organisation, discipline, timing, prevision and will.
– Will, discipline, timing, prevision, organisation.
What is faith?
– Faith is for me that i can trust someone without doubt.
Would you like to loose weight? If so, for who?
– If one wants to change something on themselves they shouldn’t do it for others.
What are you really good at?
– I find it hard to say what I am really good at… I think ther is nothing I am really good at. I am good at some things but I can’t think of something right now I am „really“ good at…
What makes you sad?
– Haha. A lot of things make me sad, I am a little girl! Violence and helplessness amongst other things. I get almost always sad when I am watching the news.
Do you have a favourite dream?
– I’ld love to have a family when I am older. A really stereotyped one! But before that I wanna travel a lot! I have seen so many different places but I was to young. So I can’t remember anything.
Is there a difference between contentment and happiness?
– Definitely! I think contentment is a very temporary feeling. It’s pretty fast dealed with. For example when you’re hungry. You eat and you’re most of the time satisfied afterwards. Contentment is also not as strong as happiness. It is harder to be really happy but it lasts longer.
Do you like to think?
– Mostly I don’t think whether I give thoughts to something or not. I mean it sucks when you are lying awake in bed and have all those thoughts bugging you! But basically we should be graceful that we can think.
What instrument should your neighbour be playing to not annoy you?
– A pianist would be good! I love piano music! Or somebody who plays the contrabass. Generally stringed instruments are awesome!
On what do you think you can recognise a persons age?
– I don’t think you can tell by a certain feature. It’s more an interaction of different elements which are varying from one person to the other.
How much money do have to get to backstab a friend of yours?
– Can’t tell. But I mean in the right or better said wrong situation everybody would do it for a certain sum of money. Unfortunately!
Are you an adult in your eyes?
– Sometimes more, sometimes less! Haha!
Do you life in a fair world?
– No, definitely not.
Is waking up a good feeling for you?
– Yes. Preferably early in the morning. For me there is nothing worse than sleeping in till noon because you can’t get done anything. I also love to be woken up by the sunlight shining through my window. That’s why I never close the curtains when I go to bed.
From your point of view. Is the world colorful?
– Colorful is a negative word in my eyes. It sounds like ‘too much’ to me. Multicoloured would fit better and does sound more modest. And yes, the world is ‘colourful’ in all aspects.
Styling: Xenia Bous @ AK-Kruse
Production, Text, hair & make-Up: Peggy Kurka @ Bigoudi
Model: Max @ Modelwerk
Beautiful Maria Clara and Marie came by today on a go-see… Tried to make them look like two young, russian ballet dancers.
A go-see is part of the everyday routine for fashion models. Essentially it’s a visit to a casting Director, Agency, Photographer or anyone else who possibly might book the model for a project. A Go-see is a slight variation of a casting, where a casting is initiated by the potential client but a goo-see is initiated by the modeling agency (It’s really a cold-call)
In any case this process can sometimes mean 10-20 appointments a day for a model during the busy show season. Sometimes tens – or hundreds of girls compete for a few slots and anyone can understand the stress of the constant rejection the models are exposed to under these circumstances.
Just as the humble Look-Book has evolved from a art-less tool, simply showing a fashion designers pieces to buyers, the Go-See is now evolving as well. With less money to spend on advertising and sometimes replacing the campaigns altogether, the Look-Book is now an integral part of the marketing of a brand and much thought and design goes into the process.
Nowadays many photographers see the Go-See as a chance to quickly produce new material and in the process help out the modeling agency. (I scratch Your back…)
These are examples of how practices are rapidly changing under pressure, and how new thinking can take advantage of disruption and change.
Fashion Model Michaela Bodenmiller
… once again we had the pleasure of having beautiful model Michaela Bodenmiller on set for luxury label Stephan Boya and once again the resulting images and video is an attempt to stay focused on the core of the label – hip, chic, young and urban.
I have made our secret moodboard on Pinterest public – so those who might be interested, can get a peek into the pre-shooting process and phase.
Hahnemuhle Paper Fashion
Fashion designer Michael Sontag doesn’t sketch, draw or otherwise put his ideas down on paper before getting to work on his designs. Instead he intuitively and very much hands-on starts draping the fabric directly on his model – like a sculptor working with steel, glass or stone.
It’s his hands that are doing the work, directly manipulating the raw materials. The shapes are born directly from underneath his hands moving over a body and it’s this approach that leads to the fluidity, intimacy and movement of his pieces.
In this collaborative project Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper serves as his raw material. Folding, draping, moulding and ripping the paper he is creating instant and very short lived designs that only live long enough to be recorded on a computer chip in a camera.
It’s a very poetic mix of fashion, performance and semi-scientific research.
DIGITAL – WORK, PROCESS & IMAGINATION
This performance and dance-like piece is documented and digitalized by fashion photographer Per Zennstrom. Even though the resulting sculptural shapes are physical objects consisting of real paper they will only live for an instant, barely enough to be recorded and preserved in digital form before they are gone.
The digital output of Michael Sontags work is then presented on stage at Photokina, in theform of a fashion photo-shooting/performance which in many ways is a digital “reflection” and re-enactment of the first analogue session.
PAPER – THE END
As the process and performance nears the end the resulting images are again migrating back to the original media – paper. Large format prints from the photo shooting will be printed out on printers in plain view of the visitors…
luxury cashmere – fashion film
Again, I was very happy to have the opportunity to work with fashion label Stephan Boya. Below some of my reflections on the process of working with the same client over a longer period of time and what it takes to stay on target.
“For some time now I have been intimately involved with the luxury cashmere fashion label Stephan Boya in regards to their imagery, both when it comes to stills and video. For this season we choose to re-enlist Michaela Bodenmiller, who we had shot a few seasons ago.
As always, for Stephan Boya, the goal was to convey a sense of effortless, urban chic, coupled with a really high energy level. A dear friend of mine once told me that the trick is “always tell the same story, but every time You have to tell it in a different way”
To raise the energy level the short was set to a drum’n bass track, at 170 bpm.
For this particular shooting I choose to try out the brand new Nikon D800 and I have to say that I’m impressed to say the least. An unbeatable price point coupled with a “near middle format feeling” + the long sought full-HD video capabilities (at up to 60 fps.) In effect, I was so impressed that I actually went ahead and bought one. I will soon post a more thorough review of this camera. Meanwhile here is the an excellent resource Digital Photography Review and their take.
Models Bianca O’Brien and Jan for Porsche Design
Porsche, by fashion designer Thomas Steinbruck, photographed by Per Zennstrom
I’m very happy to be able to bring You parts of the current Porsche fashion collection that I shot recently. The venerable label is now headed by designer Thomas Steinbruck who drew his inspiration for this collection from the archives of Ferdinand Porsche and the clean esthethics of the Bauhaus movement. Mixing matt and glossy Mr. Steinbruck sought to create a modern, dynamic look while staying respectful to the labels heritage.
The look of the images tried to reflect these intentions and we juxtaposed a superglossy floor with sober and matt surfaces on the walls.
Porsche Design Collection-the technical part
The technical part of this shooting ended up being fairly simple since the whole team had spent a considerable amount preparing and designing the lighting, set building and all the other photographic-specific elements. A row of open flash heads on the ground added some sophistication and slight mystery to the ambiance. One of my references for the lighting was having the feeling of a luxurious, lit up pool, at night…
Designer: Thomas Steinbruck
Creative Director: Thorsten Torsten Birk-Schöps
Porsche Design: Natalie Primorac
Styling: Christian Stemmler
Hair & make-Up: Hauke Krause
Assistant: Jakob Olsson
Set Design: Stephan Bolz Design
Studio: Spreegrafen Studio