Thursday, August 14, 2008

At the Library

Well, the last couple of posts has featured Jeremy, and this one will as well, as after 8 years of working on my own, he is definitely bringing some new experiences to DNP.

Last week we were commissioned to shoot "The Library", owned by Minki van der Westhuizen and hubby Constant Visser, in Stellebosch for Wine Magazine.  The general brief was lifestyle, Minki, food etc etc as you would expect on a restaurant featured owned by celebrities. This however is not the point of the post.

The Library's decor consists among other things of wallpaper made up of paper-back and other more refined book-covers. To top it up there are shelves put up along the whole restaurant filled with books (which apparently numbers approximately 2500). While waiting around for the journalist (Leigh Robertson) to arrive, Jeremy started looking around. Among the 2nd hand books that was used to create the Library effect he found an old sketch-pad with 2 pastel sketches in it. The rest of the pad was..... empty empty empty (echo). To a creative mind that is just too scary or exciting and he immediately decided that it would be ok to start drawing in it. However, halfway through his Bic-pen masterpiece we had to start working, so the drawing of a funny looking "Woody Allen"-ish type figure without arms chased by/chasing (?) jelly-fish, had to be stopped half-way. However, is this bad? No, not in the mind of Jeremy. This is fate en the drawing stopped right there.

Upon arriving Constant noticed the drawing lying there, and shortly after most of the staff and attendees of the shoot as well. All were well impressed with the art. Thus the idea was born: guests need to use this sketch pad while they wait. Jeremy promptly signed it, with a cool little message I can't recall, and we put down the particulars of the day: Shoot for wine blah blah blah. So whenever you're in the vicinity of The Library in Stellenbosch (in the square behind the Spur), and feel peckish, swing past there, order some good food and grab the old A4 Croxley sketch pad. First turn to Jeremy's drawing for inspiration and get cracking!

The pics turned out great as well, on a photography note, with me having to create a summery feel in a dimly lit restaurant, but we managed well, (STROBISTS: 1 800 W Head and another 300W head to the back, sunlight diffused by awning to front). Anyways, here it one of Minki is, and of Jeremy holding his sketch.

NOTE: These images are exclusively licensed to Wine Mag, so see the October issue for the article and the rest of the pics. Bad Karma and much litigation awaits the one who dares use these images!

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