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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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

 

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
 

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.

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

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)

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