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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
Photographer Alexander Habesland | Fashion Editor Francesco Stefanelli | Stylist Veronica Mazziotta | Make-up artist:
Luca Cianciolo@CloseupMilano | Hair stylist: Elisa Flotta | Model Haijin Ye @Joymodels
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
Styling: Ortal Assis
Grooming: Notburga Zoeggeler
Models: Caroline Austin & Rodrigo Dorigato @2morrow Model Management Milan)
Thanks to ‘Swim Education Club Milano’ for the location
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:
After some weeks of editorial shootings and look-books it was nice to do a very simple test-shoot. Just taking some good photos and enjoying the day. This is Swedish model Victor Finn, represented by Independent Men – Milan.
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.