In The Mood
While IKEA is using CGI in their catalogs for many years already, it's still not widely spread with not safe for work images. So, it was very interesting for me to discover the work of Andrew Ternell.
On my sixteenth birthday, I was celebrating with three guys and 18 outgoing girls. I had been in a school exchange and on my birthday, they were visiting us in Germany. When I saw the tilted video, it reminded me of the good times we had.
At the end of the year, I recall what happened in the past months, slow down and somehow start feeling sentimental. My past year has been pretty much about selling books. Now, that I have opened the last palette of books, I decided to cover the shipping costs, worldwide.
I have been styling with lingerie by Maison Close for more than 10 years now. In summer, they produced a moody film in Ibiza. It has the typical exaggerated beauty that leaves you in doubt if you can be part of it. Yet it is so appealing.
A few years ago, I discovered the works of Stefan Rappo. I was immediately blown away by the intensity of his photographs and he soon became one of my favorite photographers of today. Now, I had the chance to meet Stefan in Paris and get his first coffee table book called Nude.
Have you ever realised that broken feelings and melancholia is what counts in the art world? A song that cries with emotion will touch you more than a happy tune. I deeply had this feeling when browsing Ben Hammer's latest book.
Movies always have a great influence on me. I love arthouse movies. The categorization is a bit silly, but in the end, many of those movies stand out. And there is one in specific that I can highly recommend.
In August 1991, the summer dreaming song by Kate Yanai made it to the top of the German charts. The single remained at #1 for eight weeks. If I was to mention one song that describes longings and summer emtions very well, this would be it.
Last year, I wanted to do an interview with Ana for my blog, but she is traveling so much, we missed each other when I was in Portugal. So, I figured, I'll introduce her through her latest behind the scenes clip from a Playboy production she did in Puerto Rico.
The past few weeks, I spent many days on the couch. Enjoying the quieter days at the end of the year. And I watched many tutorials on color grading, filming b-roll and how to achieve cool things with gimbals when filming. Now, this clip just blew me away.
Sometimes I am jealous at musicians, because they have the power to create something that rests deep in our brains. Music sets the mood. No wonder, I like to play music during my shootings. Here is my current four hours set that I play.
Belgian Fine Art photographer Frank De Mulder is annoyed by the social media circus that is ruled by unrealistic standards and full of fake pictures. So he had the idea to photograph four women as simply as possible, exposing their souls as much as possible and portraying their personality.
Staying connected to the youth is essential for my work. Because we all want to stay young, freeze the best years of our lives. When nothing mattered more than joyful moments and you had no sorrows. Playfulness, childishness, crazyness. How do you put this into a visual experience?
For me a car is just a tool to get from A to B. Nothing more. But why? Most probably because the design ideas of the 70s weren't compatible to our markets. Check out this dreamy introduction to Grand Basel, showcasing a very rare Lancia Sibilo.
I admire the work of Guido Argentini. The way he works with light, colors and composition ist outstanding. So when I stumbled upon his new work, I was very happy to also find this video where he explains what it is all about.
Halloween means nothing to me. Yet, I had to smile when I re-watched this advertisement from Agent Provocateur which was featured at the Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Unique, for sure. Check this out.
Most recently I neglected my blog a little. Sorry for that. I was so focussed on my work that I simply did not find the time. But of course, I kept my eyes open and here's a inspirational great clip for you.
When you make a mood board of a certain decade, it is interesting to see how colors, patterns and things universally describe an era. But how do such things happen? And who created the look of the 80s?
Looking back, it turns out, I have always been a visual person. My childhood still plays a role when it comes to creating my photo stories. I memorize scenes from the past and get nostalgic feelings. With the internet, you can easily dive back into your childhood.