Meira Durand has blossomed into a beautiful woman and I'm really happy I had a chance to photograph her again after all these years. Below are just a few of the portraits we took. I wish all the best of luck to this promising young actress.
It always amazes me how much light can change a simple portrait. It often is the element that makes or breaks a photo.
One of my favourite things to do is to work with musicians. I was thrilled when Wippe & Schaukl, a local Berlin band specializing in live techno music, asked me to take their promotional photos. They came with a clear idea that I brought to life for them. Jan Bartholdt (drums) came with this collage concept, and I think it looks awesome. I'll keep my fingers crossed that we can work together again in the future.
Finally after a number of embarrassing years I joined Instagram. My plan is to post not only my portraits and behind the scene pics but also photos I take with my phone camera that I usually don't present to the wider public. I'm quite eager to get this thing rolling. Should be good.
In the past few months I've been spending some time it in New York, and it's, as anyone who has ever been there would say, an incredible and vibrant city. Zach Condon of Beirut showed me around some of its beautiful places and this is how we landed under the Manhattan Bridge where we took this and other portraits. To me this photo in particular with its strong contrast between shadow and light, ideally visualizes what this man, who has created some of the most alluring, inventive and touching music in the last two decades, is about.
It's been ages since my last post. I've been doing a lot of travelling and even though I had been doing quite a bit of work in between, I have been rather lazy with keeping my blog up to date.
A couple of months ago when the sun was still making it's regular appearances on the Berlin sky Kitty Solaris and I managed to capture some of its brilliance on "film".
Silvana Veit is an actress from Austria, and usually if you would like to see her you'd stand the best chance if you went to Schauspiel Graz where she performs. Recently though, she visited Berlin and I had to take this opportunity to photograph her, for she is gorgeous.
My plan was simple - I'd take her portraits against a white background - that tore itself off during a previous shoot - and use a cloudy day as a huge soft-box. Before we could roll it out however we encountered a bit of rain. When it finished it was really easy from then on - Silvana was an awesome subject. At the very end the sun came out and the hat I brought with me proved really handy. "Berlin weather" = you never know what you'll get.
One of my favourite photographers today is Pari Dukovic. I've been following his work for a while now, and the guy never ceases to amaze me. He breaks the rules and bends the medium to his will - and I smegging love that. I find his imagery inspirational and his portrait of Pharrell Williams prompted me to try a similar technique, which, in turn, I hope I have put my stamp on.
Never mess with balloons ...
Two weeks ago I photographed a really cool and very mysterious gentleman. He's a musician, nuff said.
Just preparing a new portrait session. It's hard not to smile when looking at the balloons :-) ... it's bound to be one of those really fun shoots.
And later ... all deflated, but happy. Sadly ...
... not everyone made it in one piece to the after party.
In 2010 I had an Argentinian roommate Gonzalo. He had tons of energy and a playful nature, and as tradition would have it I photographed him like most of my roommates. Unfortunately one portrait wasn't enough for his big personality, so we did a whole series which I later combined in Photoshop. Here is the outcome which I have never posted before. Click on the image for a larger size.
This past weekend I teamed up with a promising young actor Lukas G. to take his portraits. Initially the plan was to use studio space but eventually I realised a better fit would be to photograph him outdoors among concrete and trees. We took advantage of the nearby Karl Marx Allee construction site and proceeded to take as many portraits as possible with the ever changing light conditions as our enemy. It was a great day and I would jump at the chance to photograph Lukas again in the future.
It took sometime and a bit of ingenuity but the new paper rolling system is in place. This should make things not only easier but also faster :-) Looking forward to all the portraits yet to come.
Recently, I went through some house maneuvering and I have been able to set up a small home studio, where I hope to be taking lots of photos. My first "victim" was the talented Noel Rademacher.
Griffith University from Brisbane in Australia recently asked me to take portraits of one of their successful graduates to promote their degrees. It was a perfect day for taking photos - warm yet cloudy. Moreover we shot at a great location, Charité, which has some of the most beautiful buildings I've seen in Berlin.