Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Light is interesting


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

As a photographer you become obsessed with light, it doesn't matter if you are full feathered studio animal or never touches strobes and other artificial lighting. I have plowed through my fair share of Physics classes at my university so I can assure you it's not purely philosophical to argue that a photo is nothing but a representation of how the light (or photons) hits the cameras film or sensor. It's all there is to it.

What we photographers do is work with the characteristics of the photons and their final representation, changing their path (using lenses), intensity (working with exposure), wavelength (editing color) etc. etc.


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

It's a dangerous trap however to believe that the technical aspects of photography and lighting etc is the thing that makes a great photograph great. My understanding of light and how to adapt, create and work with it is nothing more than a tool for me to convey stories or messages. If I can't create an emotional response (be it any kind of emotion) to the viewer my images are worthless. At least that's how I feel (but I don't differentiate the viewer, some times I create images only for myself or my family and that's just as important).

It's a couple of weeks ago now that I took the pictures I show here. I was walking around in stockholm with my camera, I was scouting for a fashion project so I didn't really expect to create anything nice. When I left my home for the subway the sky was dark and it was rain in the air so naturally I thought the images were gonna be boring and bad. But, when I arrived and exited the subway I realized the dark sky created a great and almost surreal atmosphere and I put some extra effort to try and capture that.

By telling you this I wish to convince you that even though I say I know a lot of physical and technical things about light and how to work with it I can still be blind to obvious aspects of it from time to time. This time I'm glad I opened my eyes and realized that the weird light created a great atmosphere. So: Remember to keep your eyes open and not try to predict everything.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Red Cloud, a fashion video project




Model: Brent Chua , Ford Models NYC
Styling & Design: Emilie Karlberg
Makeup: Emmy Öhrn
Photography & Editing: Mårten Keijser (that's me ^_^ )


Editing video always takes a longer time than still images and I've been extra busy/overworked the last week with a bunch off stuff. But for those of you who waited with anticipation I hope it was worth it. This is a very short video that was kind of spontaneously put together during the shoot I had with Brent last week. I'm very glad we managed to pull it off and I am (as always I think) very happy with the results.

It's not a film with a storyline or twist at the end or anything classic and thought-trough like that. The idea was rather to make something that would translate one kind emotion to the viewer and in this case I was aiming for an emotion of restlessness or uneasiness.

I would love to know what you felt when you saw this clip, it's always easy to hit the comments ;-) Read the full post

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Back to basics, fashion session


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography
Model: Brent Chua , Ford Models NYC
Styling & Design: Emilie Karlberg
Makeup: Emmy Öhrn
Photography & Retouch: Mårten Keijser (that's me ^_^ )

Totally cool project, it had everything, a great looking model, a great mua who dared go all in on this crazy look and of course a great stylist who is the one that deserves most of the credit for the idea.

I don't think shooting with Brent can be boring or annoying he has such a great personality, but this day had a bit of a sad atmosphere as it was his last day in Sweden. Hopefully our paths will cross again. I know they will.

Click the images to see larger versions and if you have an opinion about the images, please share it in the comments.

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography


P.S There's another part of this project that I'm still working on, keep an eye on this blog if you are curious as I will share it here as soon as it's done. Read the full post

Monday, June 7, 2010

BTS images from yesterdays fashion shoot


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

I will post the full story and the final images as soon as possible, I have so much material to go through right now but will hopefully be done by wednesday.

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography


Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

Fashion and conceptual editorial artist portrait photographer Marten Keijser Solna Stockholm Sweden Internationall, mode och konceptuella porträtt musik band artistporträtt, film video DOP director of photography

For you fans out there, can you spot the model? Hit the comments if you can!
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Current status, working hard


The day before yesterday I did portraits of High School graduates during their final prom from about 16:00 until 23:15. Shoot some 1500 frames of a bunch of great looking young adults, sorted and edited that down to around 500 images yesterday and today I will start working on the distribution. Today I'm also doing all the practical preparations for a potentially super great portfolio project tomorrow. Will have plenty of pictures and stuff to show soon. Read the full post

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Copyright and the fashion industry


As a photographer I'm naturally very interested in discussions on copyright and business policies and culture. I just recently came across this very interesting TED-talk about the basically non existing copyright protection for fashion creations and how that affects the industry. I share with you, Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion's free culture

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