Skip to main content

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!

_MG_1810 _MG_1724

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Dangerous Photography Jobs

http://www.onlinecertificateprograms.org/blog/2010/10-dangerous-photography-jobs/This is taken from the above article, with permission:Photography can be a case of life or death. It may sound absurd, but professional photographers often go to great lengths and compromise their safety in order to get the perfect picture. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph Mount Everest or a mission to cover the Iraq war, many photographers risk their lives just to do their job. Here are 10 dangerous photography jobs: Extreme Weather Photography
Extreme weather photographers aren’t storm chasers, but they do have an eye for photographing hurricanes, tornados, thunderstorms and other severe weather in their most vulnerable state. As you can imagine, this job is nothing short of extreme. Extreme weather photographers have to get close to the storm when everyone else is running from it, which puts them at risk for injuries and often death. BASE Jumping & Skydiving Photography
See…

Wiel - Hummer 3 - Hennie Bosman

When I was asked to shoot Shihan Hennie Bosman (highest qualified karateka outside of Japan in Kyokushin Karate, 8th Dan) and the Hummer 3 for a short feature, with no brief, except a location, I knew it was going to be interesting. I was basically told to do something action-orientated (Hennie has done stunt-work with the likes of Wesley Snipes and JC van Damme), and just go to x location and get back with pics ASAP.

With no budget for Propak 7IIB's, and the shoot being set-up for midday, I turned to my trusty polariser to get the mood and went ahead to just play with a very willing Hennie. Brett Hamilton, who wrote the feature, tagged along to hold a reflector, and to represent the mag and make sure I don't totally go wild. (He is a really able reflector holder and has earned the title of Le Gaffer)

After making Hennie do kicks from the bonnet of the car, jumping on the roof, awarding it a black-belt (I know...), screaming, making faces, driving the car through mud and having …

Portrait Shoot: Pierre van Heerden

So a number of years back I did a shoot of Pierre van Heerden, South African actor, musical performer, playwright and comedian, at my old studio. It was just for fun, really. I was exploring some portraiture ideas, for a project I was considering at the time. We had a great time shooting these, exploring some cool ideas as we spent the morning talking rubbish, laughing and drinking coffee.

Fast forward some years later, and he contacted me to do an update of the images, but this time for his book.

The images were meant for publicity purposes, his marketing material and such, but what I want to share here is just some of the expression shots we did once we had those in the bag. Working with an actor in stills is great, as they know their face, they know expressions and have a large selection of facial "skills" to employ for a portrait.

I would simply call out a bunch of emotions/expressions and he would comply each time.



The "30 second portrait" I made is an idea…