Alcatraz

A few months ago, I went to Alcatraz for the first time. This former prison is fascinating, even more so with the guided audio tour by former prisoners and guards giving a look into how life on this island really was. Close enough to see (or at least hear for the prisoners in their cells), which was the hardest; hearing, smelling, and seeing freedom.  If you’re ever in San Francisco, head out there for a night tour, it’s really something else.

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Zio Ziegler

Zio Ziegler is an amazing artist, and I happened to walk past one of his murals today in downtown Oakland.

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Zio Ziegler (born February 18, 1988) is an American artist, known for his intricately patterned paintings and his large-scale murals that can be seen in major cities in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His work reflects the diverse influences of late medieval and quattrocento painting, aboriginal, African and naive art, and the European graffiti movement. Driven by intuition and depicted with a playful use of space and materials, his subject matter reflects the human condition, with reference to allegorical, mythical and artistic lineage. He paints in the belief that his paintings complete themselves by triggering self-discovery in their viewers. You can read more about Zio, and see more of his work at zioziegler.com and artsy.net/artist/zio-zieglerHaabesland_108_AHP2066

Bonus; a picture of me taking pictures. Good for scale right? Courtesy of Alex Fossoey. 

 

Black Lives Matter

Alexander Haabesland

Photo taken by Alexander Haabesland, in Oakland, California. US

The “Black Lives Matter” movement focuses on the fact that black citizens have long been far more likely than whites to die at the hands of the police, and is of a piece with this history. Demonstrators who chant the phrase are making the same declaration that voting rights and civil rights activists made a half-century ago. They are not asserting that black lives are more precious than white lives. They are underlining an indisputable fact — that the lives of black citizens in this country historically have not mattered, and have been discounted and devalued. People who are unacquainted with this history are understandably uncomfortable with the language of the movement. But politicians who know better and seek to strip this issue of its racial content and context are acting in bad faith. They are trying to cover up an unpleasant truth and asking the country to collude with them. (from The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter,’ The New York Times)

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Starting Out

I remember when I first started out studying photography. It was an exiting time, and very nerve-wracking, because I had no idea if I was gonna be good enough. My passion for photographing people and creating stories got me connected with the modeling agencies in Oslo, Norway. Luckily they put their faith in me, and allowed me to work with their models. One of them is the beautiful Lise-Anitra Johnsen, and we did a bunch of shoots together that helped shape my style. Thank you for that. Here’s a previously unreleased photo of her, taken 6 years ago.

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Fallen Leaf Lake

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Recently came back from an amazing trip to Lake Tahoe. On the last day we went to Fallen Leaf Lake, which we found out was the place where Kevin Costner brought Whitney Houston for safety in The Bodyguard (OK, that’s not really relevant, just some gay trivia for ya). It’s just spectacular views all over, and I can’t wait to go back. I did some photos in the water (without a protective case mind you, a.k.a. asking for trouble) but the couple photos of Alex and me were taken by our friend MJ Centeno (pictured in the last image).

Snø Designstudio

SNØ  is an industrial design company based in Fredrikstad, one hour from Oslo, Norway. I photographed the talented designers for their rebranding process last year. We used the wonderful locations in the building as well as a studio shoot. Here’s a small selection of what we did:

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Make-up & Hair by Theo Solé Wintermark. Styling by Afaf Ali.

And check out the cool design work of Snø Designstudio by clicking here.

Editorial: The Toilet

Earlier this year stylist Ellen Mirck created an idea of showing women at their most private moments, and stylistically showing how it’s changed throughout the 20th century. We used only one model and she was completely transformed for each shot, as well as the set. The film was shot by Daniele Testi and the editorial was shot by me.
The film is now part of the fifth ASVOFF film festival at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Editorial: The Toilet
 
Credits
Photographer: Alexander Habesland
Directed by: Daniele Testi @ 2DM
Art direction & style by: Ellen Mirck @ Close Up Milano
Model: Kristel van Valkenhoef @ Elite Milano
Cinematographer: Renzo O. Angelillo
First Ass. Operator: Daniele Tomasini
Editing: Lorenzo Colugnati
Art & Set designer: Jacopo F.A. Lettenmayer
Prop’s stylist & Art buyer: Silvia Panceri
First assistant Set Designer: Antonio Ordan
Make-up by: Laura Stucchi @ Close Up Milano
Hair by: Loris Rocchi @ Close Up Milano
Music: Luca Neuburg Sonar
Color and Post Production: Band Milano
Location: Studio X
Graphic design: Camilla Anchisi
See the film at W Magazine:

The Fashionisto ++

I’ve been getting a lot of love for my shoot with Independent Men Milan model Nick Billings and 2morrow model Beate Muska, wearing designs by Jose Isaías (see editorial here)
It’s been featured on numerous important websites (click images to see)
The Fashionisto
 

Male Model Scene
 

Daily Male Models
 
And so on.
It’s great to get such good feeback!
 
 
 

Essential Homme (editorial)

My new editorial for Essential Homme magazine has now been published!
It’s in the July/August issue and available in print and web version.
All looks from Dior Homme fall ’12 collection.
Styling by Ellen Mirck.
 
Grooming by: Ania Melnikovs
Photo assistant: Jose Isaias
Styling assistant: Ortal Assis
Models: Pawel Bednarek at Independent Men Milan, Theo Hall at D’Men Milan
Special thanks to Alessia Gianvecchio for the horse and the location

 

Photographer’s assistant

As a photographer’s assistant you’ll actually do a lot modelling. This because I need to test how the light is when starting on a new location or set. So to be as efficient as possible I’ll do this when the models are changing. Here’s a few test shots (unedited) of my assistant, for the Raidy Boer shoot, Mavi Aline Behramoglu. 

Essen – A Taste Magazine

A couple of weeks ago I did an editorial for Essen Magazine. They combine the world of fashion with food and drink. They hired me to do an editorial where the idea was that there would be pictures of food in the photos, in black and white, and the clothes would have the colour of that particular food. Take a look at some of the photos underneath (you can see the whole editorial here).
2D Food
 

Photographer Alexander Habesland | Fashion Editor Francesco Stefanelli | Stylist Veronica Mazziotta | Make-up artist:
Luca Cianciolo@CloseupMilano | Hair stylist: Elisa Flotta 
| Model Haijin Ye @Joymodels
 

Caroline

Here’s part II of my shoot with Caroline & Rodrigo. Yesterday I showed you Rodrigo’s photos and here’s the rest with Caroline + a few more of Rodrigo. And tomorrow I’ll show you the last set of photos from that shoot – water.

See the first part of this shoot in the previous post here
Credits
Styling: Ortal Assis
Grooming: Notburga Zoeggeler
Models: Caroline Austin & Rodrigo Dorigato @2morrow Model Management Milan)
Thanks to ‘Swim Education Club Milano’ for the location

Water Runs Dry

Last month came and went so fast, and I wanted to show and tell what has been going on.
First of all I’ve been working for a Swiss clothing brand with still life of accessories and such for a couple of weeks with a London based production studio.
In addition I’ve been trying to get an agency in Milan, which is proving to be very challenging. As well I’m being told that my style is not commercial enough, which makes sense since commercial jobs are more lucrative for the agencies.
And last, but not least, I’ve been working on a new exhibition that was to open last week, but the management wanted me to do the opening exhibition in the fall instead, so to give them more time for publicity and so on. Since September is many months from now, and I’ll be doing new work for that, I decided to start showing the different works that I’ve been doing to complete it.
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More of this to come
Credits
Styling: Ortal Assis
Grooming: Notburga Zoeggeler
2morrow Model Management Milan: Caroline Austin and Rodrigo Dorigato
Thanks to ‘Swim Education Club Milano’ for the location

Backstage on my newest editorial

I was working with the fantastic stylist Ellen Mirck again. This time while I was doing the editorial, Daniele Testi was also doing a fashion film to go along with it. In total 7 sets were built and here’s a look at how it all went down. 

The post-production is coming to a close and hopefully it will be out very soon.

Directed by Daniele Testi, Cinematographer Renzo O. Angelillo, style & art. dir by Ellen Mirck, First assistant operator Daniele Tomasini, pictures by Alexander Habesland, Hair by Loris Rocchi, Make-up by Laura Stucchi, Model Kristel van Valkenhoef, Set design by Jacopo Lettenmayer, prop’s by Silvia Panceri.

Vogue -Cash+Glam

A couple of weeks ago Vogue.it asked me to do a commercial trend styling shoot for the -Cash+Glam section of their website. It was an 80s inspired style with a lot of colour and pastel backgrounds.The detail and full shots is updated with a new photo every few days. You can check out at Vogue.it

More photos to come

Photographer: Alexander Habesland
Assitant: Alice Schillaci
Stylist: Maria Host-Ivessich and Giovanna Dipaola
Make-up: Valentina Raimondi
Hair: Alessandro Pepe
Models: Ona@IMG and Anna Barra@Women

WOW Editorial

During Mens Fashion Week in Milan I was working with WOW, a.k.a. White On Web. They display the works of countless designers during this period and they were fronting 7 new talented designers at the fair. In addition to doing the events and location photos I was also asked to do an editorial with styling from these designers. This editorial is now out at the WOW website, but you can also check it out here.
“Closing the Distance”
 
Pullover: Luca Larenza
Coat: Matthew Miller
T-shirt: Karlotalaspalas
Pullover: Luca Larenza
Dress and holster: Esther Perbrandt
Pullover and blazer: Luca Larenza
Pullover: Be-Wow
Pullover: Be-Wow
Pullover: Be-Wow
Pullover: Be-Wow
Waistcoat: Karlotalaspalas
Blazer: Raphael Hauber
Jacket: (white) Matthew Miller, (black) Esther Perbrandt
 
Photographer: Alexander Haabesland
Models: Victor and Jakob (Independent Men Milan) and Amanda (Modelplus Milan)
Make-up/Hair: Elena Marchesi

London. Part II

Today we had a rather cultural day going through the different vintage and food markets in London before visiting a few galleries. Take a look.
The Tate Modern museum (video installation by Tacita Dean)

National Portrait Gallery
I later discovered that all photography was forbidden so I can’t really show you the amazing works, especially at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 (if you’re in London, go check it out)

I Sette Talenti

During Men’s Fashion Week Milan 2012, White Milan showcased 7 new promising designers. They had a presentation at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera Milano and I was there to take a few shots of the event. Here’s a few backstage photos of how it all went down:

I’ll be doing an editorial as well featuring there 7 designers as well.

Men’s Fashion Week Milan 2012

During this Men’s Fashion Week in Milan I was working with WHITE Milano. They organise the showcase of over 100 brands and designers in Via Tortona. The art-innstallations was by Erika Calesini. I was there to photograph the events, detail-shots and ‘whatever I found interesting.’ That’s exactly what I did, so here’s a look at how it all was:

The Line

Last month I did a shoot with designer Jose Isaías and stylist Amanda Hörlin, featuring model Sebastian Kuhn (Fashionmodel.it) on an amazing location in Milan. Take a look (click to enlarge):
Photographer: Alexander Habesland
Stylist: Amanda Hörlin
Clothing design by: Jose Isaías
Make-up/Hair: Amanda Hörlin
Model: Sebastian Kuhn (Fashionmodel.it)

Back to Milan

After spending my holidays in Norway it was finally time to get back to Milan! I had to return earlier than planned due to work for Swiss brand ‘Bally’ and also ‘White’ during Mens Fashion Week  (more on that later). Feels so good to be back. Even the Milanese fog was kind of welcoming.

TheOnes2Watch

I’m in the current issue of The Ones 2 Watch! Their new issue, #19, is called ‘On Location’ and features work from photographers form exiting locations all over the world. Mine is from the beautiful park in Milano, Italy, called Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli.
‘Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli’ by Alexander Habesland for TheOnes2Watch.

Styled by: Ellen Mirck (ellenmirck.com)
Hair: Dora Roberti. Make-up: Ros Belmonte
Model: Davide di Sciascio (I Love Models – Milan)

Click to see the original spread at TheOnes2Watch’s current issue:
Latinos Avec Pistolets also posted my editorial, see it here:

The Absence of Your Company

Having spent this whole week with a fever and bed rest (which is painfully anti-social), I am now very happy to be well and ready to work! Tomorrow I go back in the studio for a beauty shoot and tuesday working with TOD’s. Also, I’ve been finishing up most of my work load, 
including outtakes from my shoot with Leica.

Photography by: Alexander Habesland
Assistant: Agnes Carlsson Åström
Make-up by: Tomas Erdis
Hair by: Théo Solé Wintermark and Lene Kristiansen
Models: Marie and Sigmund (Team Models Norway)

Distance

The second day of shooting with Leica S2 (see the first editorial here), was with a bit more artistic and subdued approach. What do you guys think? 

Photography by: Alexander Habesland
Assistant: Agnes Carlsson Åström
Make-up by: Tomas Erdis
Hair by: Théo Solé Wintermark and Lene Kristiansen
Models: Marie and Sigmund (Team Models Norway)

All’s Not Lost

A few weeks ago, representatives from Leica contacted me and asked if I wanted to use their new camera Leica S2 for one of my future projects. I of course said yes because it’s an amazing brand (the S2 alone costs about € 20.000,- but gives amazing quality). So I did 2 editorials over 2 days, the first of which is shown underneath. It’s called “All’s Not Lost.”
Photography by: Alexander Haabesland
Assistant: Agnes Carlsson Åström
Make-up by: Tomas Erdis
Hair by: Théo Solé Wintermark and Lene Kristiansen
Models: Marie and Sigmund (Team Models Norway)

Dream On

A sofa in the kitchen can be a real saviour after long hours of dancing in the club.
And who wouldn’t love to live with a photographer that photographs everything?! Like, when you’re drunk, hungover, sleeping. No? Yeah maybe not, but still, a cute photo. 

Escape from Milan

A couple of weeks ago two friends visited me in Milan, and sure enough we also did a shooting. We took a train ride about 40 minutes outside of Milan, more or less just to see if there was something cool around to use for the shoot. We ended up in this huge field and under you can see some of the photos. I’m still going through all the material, but these I liked:

Storage

Sometimes, when I’m bored mostly, I’ll start going through old shoots that I’ve had. It’s fun to ‘relive’ that day but also you’ll find outtakes that you want to use after all. This is an example of this. The first 2 photos are on my website alexanderhabesland.com as part of my ‘personal‘ series:

But going through the photos from that day I saw this photo:
It wasn’t right for the original spread, but still, love the portrait.

The Woman Behind the Window

As a variation of the previous series “Restraint and Seclusion” I worked with illustration artist Achraf Amiri as his dark illustrations caught my eye. Together we made this series. What do you think? 


Photos by: Alexander Habesland
Illustrations by: Achraf Amiri
Styled by: Veronica Mazziotta and Diana Prince
Hair & Make-up by: Notburga Zoeggeler and Elena Tagliapietra

Models:
Daria Arbuzova @ 2Morrow Model Management Milan 
Dasha Mikhaylova @ 2morrow Model Management Milan 
Calin Sitar @ I Love Model Management Milan
Giacomo Della Maestra @ I Love Model Management Milan 
Peter Ursich @ I Love Model Management Milan
Mario Skaric @ Independent Model Management Milan

Clothes:


3rd photo: 
Calin are wearing shoes by ‘FIORENTINI AND BAKER’ 
and the pants/beige suit are by ‘ANYE BY’.
Mario are wearing skinny pants cotton beige by GUARDAROBA by Frav Milano.

The rest are by FRAV Milano

Restraint and Seclusion

UPDATE: This series was featured at The Fashionisto! 
Click the image underneath to see it at their site
Or see the full series underneath:
“Restraint and Seclusion”

CREDITS
Story: Restraint and Seclusion

Photos by: Alexander Habesland – www.alexanderhabesland.com
Styled by: Veronica Mazziotta and Diana Prince 

Hair & Make-up by: Notburga Zoeggeler and Elena Tagliapietra
Models:

Calin Sitar @ I Love Model Management Milan
Giacomo Della Maestra @ I Love Model Management Milan 
Davide Faggioli @ I Love Model Management Milan
Peter Ursich @ I Love Model Management Milan
Mario Skaric @ Independent Model Management Milan
Matthieu Inglese @ Independent Model Management Milan
Clothes:


3rd photo: 
Calin are wearing shoes by ‘FIORENTINI AND BAKER’ 
and the pants/beige suit are by ‘ANYE BY’.
Mario are wearing skinny pants cotton beige by GUARDAROBA by Frav Milano.


The rest are by FRAV Milano

Castings

Usually when I’m planning an editorial I’ll have a casting to make sure that we book the right model(s). You need to see how they are in real life and if they can portray the story that you’re shooting. And so I have a lot of casting photos
For example; here’s a select few of the models that we saw on the casting for VS. Magazine, 
men’s editorial, this spring.

And for that particular story we chose this model, Panos, from 2morrow Model Management.

Fotografi & Bilder Nordic

I’m in the new issue of ‘Fotografi‘ with an interview and some selected work. If you’re in Norway (and understand Norwegian) make sure to get a copy. 
The photography school ‘Bilder Nordic‘ in Oslo where I did my photography education, published the online version of this interview as a part of their follow-ups of talented students.
Click on the image below to read the interview at their site

Renfang Hu – Part I

Here’s some photos I did last week with designer Renfang Hu and model Courtney B (2morrow models). The different designs were to be shot in different moods. Wednesday I’ll post the mens design shooting.
Make-up/Hair: Virginia Rizzo and assistant Nicole Krunić.
The first outfit will be a part of the Eco Fashion contest and exhibited at the Hub King’s Cross during London Design Festival.

Aber Gazzi & Vogue.it

About 2-3 weeks ago, I worked with designer Aber Gazzi for her new collection. It was almost ready so we did some photos with model Simone before the event ‘A New Anthology’ – A selection of Italian fashion talents on display at the Province gardens. After the event, Vogue.it wrote an article about it and published a couple of these photos. 
Tomorrow I’ll publish the final look-book that I did for her latest collection.

Vogue (click on the image below to read the article)

Makemehappytoday

So May/June has been really busy – which is perfect for me. I have 2 editorials coming out next month, working with a few designers and doing as well some test jobs with new talents. Soon I’ll be able to put some of these works up. Looking forward to showing what I’ve been up to!

In the meantime, here’s another interview. Click on the image to read it

Project selection

Last week I had a shoot with 8 models, which is quite an undertaking, but it really went fantastic. Especially since I also had 2 make-up artists and 2 stylists on my team. So this week is all about doing selection for the story and contact the magazines where we want it printed. But also to make sure that each model gets individual photos for their book. In other words, it’s gonna be a ton of photos!

Here are a few of those ‘behind the scenes’. One of the make-up artists took a lot more photos + videos, so I’ll post that when I get them.

Blog and Work

These past few weeks I’ve been working more than ever, which is good. What’s even better is that a lot of it will probably be published in different magazines. The downside is that it’s most likely a few months from now since I’m shooting the new autumn and winter collections of different designers.
And until then, I can’t show you anything. But, I’m gonna get some of the behind the scenes photos and write a little bit about the different projects.
These are from a shoot I did a couple of weeks ago with stylist Ellen Mirck.
Doing a shoot of the new autumn and winter collections in Milanese heat is no picnic, but the result is amazing. Will hopefully be out by September.

VOGUE.IT – released!

Click on the photo underneath and you can see the whole fashion shoot that I did for Vogue.it! It’s now been released and with a short interview of me. Take a look. Like. Share <3
Fashion & Art Magazine also wrote about my shoot for Vogue on their blog, they are so lovely!
Click on the image underneath to read it:

The Fashionisto

My latest fashion story (which I posted earlier today. see here) is now published at thefashionisto.com! I love that blog and read it every day so therefore I’m so happy that they posted my series there. Click on the photo underneath to see the spread

Model: Bob Rietman (Elite Models – Milano)
Make-up/Hair: Notburga Zoeggeler
Styling: Emanuele Sangaletti
Clothes by: FRAV Store, Milan.

Update

I’ve been working hard this week doing 2 fashion shoots with Elite models and also having an event/exhibition at Kitsch bar, Milano. These days I’m doing post-production on the two stories and thought I’d share a couple of them. Also look out for the event photos later on.
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And, why not a couple “behind the scenes” while I’m at it:
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Hôtel de Crillon with Susan Tabak

When I was in Paris for Fashion Week, I got a couple of hours to photograph Susan Tabak at the fantastic
Hôtel de Crillon where she was staying. She is a noted style expert, the author of 
Chic In Paris: Style Secrets & Best Addresses,
and publisher of the popular fashion and lifestyle website susantabak.com 

Click on the image below to see all the photos.



BONUS: Video from the shoot (filmed by Arnaud Paumier)


Susan Tabak: "The up-and-comers"



Recently I gave an interview for Susan Tabak.
She is a noted style expert, the author of Chic In Paris: Style Secrets & Best Addresses,
 and publisher of the popular fashion and lifestyle website susantabak.com 
Read the whole interview by clicking the image underneath.

The up-and-comers: Alexander Habesland, fashion photographer



Things are changing

So very few updates from me lately, but it’s because I’m working on a complete relaunch of both the blog and my professional website. New business cards are in print and hopefully everything will be ready and launched before christmas!
In the meantime I’m going over all the old and new photos, trying to put together a portfolio, finishing the different series & personal work. Here’s some new, old and blog photos that I may or may not put in.