Behind The Scenes
Photographing a roadtrip as a theme has probably been done too often. Even by myself. But traveling is something we love. And a roadtrip embodies the feeling of freedom, the spirit of being young and it can be a lot of fun. Also a car is a safe haven for a shoot. You can turn on the heating when it's getting cold and avoid harsh sunlight when the girl poses inside.
Let's face it. What do you need for an erotic photograph? A special light atmosphere? A crazily cool styling? An outstanding location? Or maybe, just a beautiful girl? It's a rhetorical question and a relief for us photographers. If beauty is there, we just have to capture it.
Blood takes 23 seconds to circulate through the body. The average male in Germany masturbates 23 times a month. The day we switch to daylight savings time has only 23 hours. Princess Diana died in Paris at 00:23 in the morning. A lot of conspiracy circles around the number 23. Here's what I have to add.
Sometimes things don't work out the way you planned them. Either it's the weather or the location. Both have such a big influence on the shoot that it is always good to have a plan b. But let us be honest. Who prepares a plan b when it is unlikely to happen? I didn't. And the location became a huge problem.
My life feels odd sometimes. Because with every photo shoot that I have, I get this awkward blind date feeling. You know, this feeling when you are waiting for a girl you have never seen in your life. And with every person that passes by, you ask yourself, if this is her. And you feel nervous like being on a date. And then she arrives and you have to do some small talk to get to know each other.
You are probably not aware of this. But Blondes are an endangered species. No kidding. So, it took me a while to find a beautiful blonde girl like Lara. We met in Paris where I had rented an amazingly furnished and very cozy apartment for our shoot.
When we were kids, people thought someone is either creative or not. Oh, what a creative kid, it draws such a beautiful picture. But working as a photographer, you come to a point where you realise, it doesn't come by itself. Like a comedian has to find methods to work on his jokes, it's the same with artists like us.
Ibiza is one of my favorite islands in the mediteranean sea. Summer, sun, freckles and a redhead. I departed to capture a classical woman in nature scenario. Not my typical style. I simply wanted to experiment and try out new fields of photography. But then so many things went wrong.
The best pairings are the simple ones. There's salt and pepper. Romeo and Juliet. Thunder and lightning. Gin and Tonic. I am a big fan of simple pairings and one very cliché pairing is of girls and horses.
There is always a lot of thinking behind my photographs. I am always prepared and know what I want to capture. But I also try to find a nice balance between my intentions and spontaneity. This morning I realised, I keep saying, that there's a lot of thinking behind my works, but I never really explained what it was about. So here we go.
I have secretly put 7 pictures into Sublime that are a homage to photographers I admire. This title picture is one of them. The way Chiara poses, her expressions are so much like in the photographs of... Can you guess who?