Behind the Scenes

December 21, 2019

Sublime Stories (30 of 30)

We have reached the final story of Sublime. One year of blogging about my last photo book is over. When I photographed Julia, I was in the middle of selecting images already. It was really the last story I was about to shoot. Therefore I decided to capture her in a movie theater in Frankfurt.

The idea was to project memories onto her body, photos from the three years I worked on my book, outtakes and abstract shapes I came across in the various countries I worked in.

I knew, this was going to become a pictorial that cannot be understood without me explaining it. But I didn't mind, because Julia is so beautiful, even if you don't understand my story, you can simply enjoy her appeal.

My setup

I prepared a large number of visuals and transferred them onto my notebook. We arranged a test at the cinema, so I was able to buy the right adapter to connect my laptop to the movie projector.

Like all of my images in Sublime I wanted to photograph with available light only. I decided to use the projector as the only light source. This forced me to go up to ISO 64,000 but this was fine with me.

Hot in front of Kitrysha
Watching the Sublime
Logo projection

I had bought popcorn and a pink box for the shoot, a beautiful pair of silk shorts and high heels with lips printed on them. I know, this is insane as they are only visible in one of the shots. Sometimes, I am a bit crazy. And I believe that's ok, because this way I could make sure to shoot the story that I had intended.

I'll explain what the projections in the book are all about: On the first page, Julia is illuminated by the title of my book. Then she stands in front of the beach where I photographed in Tenerife. This is followed by traditional tiles that you can find everywhere in Portugal, where the peacock donated some feathers for my cover image. And then comes the picture, I mentioned earlier, where Julia is wearing the playful heels eating popcorn. The closing credits make the final image. I put the words in French and made it look like the credits you typically see at the end of a movie. But they aren't for real. I played with funny statements in this shot.

Sublime

Sublime

Simon Bolz
Hardcover, 24.5 x 33.5 cm, 208 pages with 179 photos in a limited edition of 1,200 copies. ISBN 978-3-00-059258-4.

€ 57.90

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