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With Christmas sneaking up as every year also comes the question of what to send out to our friends – so this year we decided to start a hopefully popular series of collaborations with some of the amazing photographers we get to work with. The first one is with the super-talented duo Kila & Rusharc, who created together with us this gif animation, depicting a Christmas dinner building up to its climax and ending with the inevitable come-down and clean-up afterwards – repeated in a neverending cycle. Read more
Recently a company called Shock Doctor, which specializes in technological sport clothing with hardcore body protection, wanted to substitute part of the human body with some robotic parts for their latest advertising campaign. They decided to commission us with this task. It has been a fun collaboration between our studio in London, where the CGI elements were created and the one in New York, where the final retouching was made.
The most challening (and fun) part was to design a robotic skeleton that is based on human body parts and recognisable as such by only showing small areas at a time.
We have known Eloise for over 5 years when she first moved to Mentmore Studios in Hackney, London, one of our beloved headquarters. It is not the first time that we all meet together to produce the lookbook for Moody & Farrell. We did so last year when we played with little red lights. For this lookbook the main concept running through the images is the repeated pattern between the hand woven straw and the hand drawn tattoos on the model. Read more
Some time ago agency Kolle Rebbe with art director Jörg Dittmann asked us to help with an UHU glue gun advertising campaign. The idea was to represent some iconic souvenir figurines such us a Nutcracker, Cupid, Buddha and Ramses as if they were about to be threatened by the glue gun. The headline for this wonderful project was “Hands Up”. Photographer Bernd Westphal, modelmaker Arndt von Hoff and Jörg started searching for the figurines in all kinds of touristic shops. The problem? They all looked perfect and never had their arms up! Read more
I am mesmerized by the world of Lieko Shiga. I encountered her work on the online magazine 1000 Words Photography, where you can read an excellent review of her new series of images. I instead would like to quote her own words as they are as powerful as her own photographs. Read more
These are only the first three pictures of an ongoing project made in collaboration with automotive and landscape photographer Markus Wendler. We have worked together many times on commercial jobs and we are often on the phone chatting about life and work and it’s one of those relationships that seems to be working on the same wavelength, particularly creatively. So it came natural that we decided to finally collaborate together on something different than advertising; something where we did not have the pressure of showing the cars at particular angles and light, but rather the opposite. Read more
We’ve been to the Mediterranean Sea over the 1st of May and visited the wonderful town of Rovinj. On our way back to the hotel, in the middle of nowhere, i saw that ad. I had to pull over and take some snapshots.
‘Teetering on the Precipice of Your Mistrust’, Kila & Rusharc
We are finally back after a long period of absence…herrr sorry for the big gap! So it is now overdue to post this still life series which has been finalised by our retouchers before summer and shot, styled and art directed by photographers Kila & Rusharc, who are only at the beginning of their collaboration. Behind this mysterious name there are Philip and Alessandra, with the latter being also a contributor to this blog and my other half. Read more
Cell, Diasec mounted c-type print, 120 x 150 cm, 2004
When I discussed Anne Hardy‘s images with a friend, I asked: “What do you like about her work?”, he replied with a bewildered gaze whilst staring at the screen: “They are just something else”, his mouth open. I guess there is a lot to take in when one looks at Hardy’s photographs. They hit you from different sides as each object is carefully placed, creating scenes packed with multi-layered meanings. Read more