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
‘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
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
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
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.
An old project I’m still very fond of is this fireman series of Holger Pooten.
After we brainstormed for a while together, Holger shot the real model on location and we then spent a day in the studio of setbuilder Carmel Said, setting mannequins on fire. Since I’m a little obsessed with fire anyway, it was an insane amount of fun despite a five-meter high wall nearly collapsing on us.
We kept putting mannequins on fire until we had enough flames and smoke to work with in post-production in order to retouch them onto the real model. Each flame had to be masked and composited with a mix of different blending modes as one of the tricky things about compositing fire is that it can’t just be screened or multiplied!
This project has also been published in 125 Magazine.
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This series of portfolio images originates from a project we did together with artist Tom Price, who asked us to do some liquid simulations for him (part of it can now be viewed as a 15m high sculpture on Gloucester’s Kimbrose Square). We ended up with some really beautiful shapes of liquid matter, which I thought to show in a different context than it was originally thought for. Read more
As it’s often impossible to show the amount of work and detailing that goes into an image, by posting the result on our website, I am starting a new section in the blog called 100%. Here we would like to post all those images which can be best appreciated in all their details when enlarged. I thought to post some close-ups of the Ford Mondeo campaign which we realised together with Damien de Blinkk for Ogilvy. This was a couple of years ago, but I am still very fond of looking at some of the qualities that only start to show when zooming in all the way. Read more