The making of: LINCOLN

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All images: Clemens Ascher

Before Christmas I met with photographer Clemens Ascher, who was very kindly helping me with a photographic shoot in Austria, his native land. Clemens has shot for Lincoln a very strong photographic series of images. I told him I intended to write something on him in our blog and when I asked what was his experience of shooting this job, he said: “please do not write about the difficulties of shooting in the heat of the California desert, everybody focusses on that… write about the team, it was a great team to work with and it was the team that made these images what they are” Read more

The Making of: OUR CHRISTMAS CARD

Recom Farmhouse Christmas Card

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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

The making of: SHOCK DOCTOR

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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.

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The Making of: Moody & Farrell lookbook

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… and here we have another great collaboration between milliner Eloise Moody, photographer Madame Peripetie, make-up artist Marina Keri and us at Recom Farmhouse!

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

The making of: UHU glue

UHU glue retouching by Recom Farmhouse

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

The making of: The dark side of Los Angeles

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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

The making of: ‘The Impossibility of Love’

Kila Rusharc Impossibility of Love Retouching by Recom Farmhouse

‘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

The making of: The Weight of Words

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Driven by commitment to solve customer needs, Franck Allais

Franck Allais, whom we have been collaborating with for many years, is a conceptual photographer who ‘likes disrupting the habitual way of seeing and questioning everyday visual references’. In ‘The Weight of Words’ series he highlights how brands pollute our everyday landscape. The images and video, recently exhibited at KK Outlet, have all been retouched in our London studio. Read more

The making of: A TWIN PEAKS STORY

Twin_Peaks editorial retouched by Recom Farmhouse

What a great concept photographers Wilcox – Johansson together with super creative retoucher Kate Booker had for this fashion editorial published on I Love You magazine. Wilcox-Johansson shot the Twin Peaks inspired series mimicking the poses and style of soap operas and American dramas (which David Lynch was also making references to). The “Twin Peaks” theme was reinforced in post-production by Kate, who was amazing in creating different colour moods and effects, which very subtly enhanced the concept. Read more

The making of: Achim Lippoth’s Kid’s Wear

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I just love what Benjamin and Michaela from our Stuttgart office have done for this kid’s wear project beautifully shot by photographer Achim Lippoth for Kid’s Wear Magazine. It has been a long-winded process, but certainly a rewarding one!

Before the photo shoot, they discussed their approach with Achim and he agreed to keep a clean white background in a corner of the room because they wanted to combine the images taken in the studio with some old printing techniques.

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