Client : 125 Magazine Photographer : Holger Pooten

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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Client : 125 Magazine Photographer : Holger Pooten
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Posted by Christoph