I love when you get a whole day in the darkroom. It happens less and less frequently. Coffee, a good playlist (today is a blue day ). Im about 300 prints into a new project all shot on film. The old Mamiya RZ, Tri-x and Ilford fibre paper. Its so soothing. Here are some random previews from my phone.
I have been working a lot in the last couple of years with the perfume brand Vilhelm Parfumerie. It was founded a couple of years ago by Jan Ahlgren in New York. It’s always so much fun to help with a brand from the start. Especially when it comes with a lot of freedom of creation. And the thing with perfume in particular is that it’s been done in such a similar way for so long, at least it feels that way. More of that later.
For these images we worked with the very talented Stockholm based ballerina Frida Hambraeus. And in keeping with brand spirit I collaged some as well. Hair and make up by Philip Fohlin at LinkDetails.
Did a shoot for the new beauty magazine Narcisse with darling make up artist Ludovic Engrange in Paris last year. It was one of those shoots where everything just came together really naturally. Ended up doing a ton of pictures. Here is a couple of them.
Photographer Martin Vallin c/o Mily Kadz.
Make-up Artist Ludovic Engrand c/o Shu Uemura Paris.
Model Jenna Earle c/o Next Models Paris.
Creative Direction Azadeh Zoraghi
Fashion Direction René Gloor
Hair Stylist Takayuki Nukui.
Calligraphist Sachiko Kano.
Make-up Assistant Margaux Jalouzot.
Production Assistant Adélaïde Goetz.
All make-up by SHU UEMURA
Its been quite a lot lately, shooting in Stockholm and New York. Finally have a few days to gather up material and think for a bit. I think Im about ready to reveal one of the projects I have been working on when I cant sleep for the last couple of months. But first, here is some recent beauty.
What I miss most these days is time to experiment with visual expressions outside of commissioned work. Im really gonna try to find an hour every day Im not shooting to do just that. Who needs sleep anyway.
Just picked up Self Service *37. I have always loved the magazine as much as a magazine can possibly be loved. This issue feels a little bit like it did a couple of years ago (in a very good way). Great photography, great interviews, great design. I always read it back to back. And it always fills me with a special kind of… stamina I guess.
Two things that equally annoy me are when people say “lensed by” when talking about who shot what, and production assistants that feel a need to call out “talent on set” when you walk into a studio in the morning. God!
Just finished reading Paradis sixth issue which have been lying on my desk a couple of days. Interviews with Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton and Chuck Close. And with Michael Thompson about his time as an assistant to Irving Penn. So very inspiring!
Back in Stockholm shooting. Its nice working from my own studio after all the rentals. Here is some kind of backstage photo from a project I have been working on this week with Jacob for Weekday. Will post the story as soon it is out.