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John Galliano Make-Up

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Recently I had a chance to photograph Magdalena Dziatkowiak-Stefaniak’s graduation work for Make-Up Academy Maestro in Poznań, entitled „John Galliano Make-Up”.

Magda’s info about the stylization:
Both the stylization and the make up are strongly inspired by Dior Fall/Winter 2009 collection, where Galliano harks back to Paul Poiret’s works – he was a French designer, creating in ’20s of XX century. In the collection there are Asian influences, as well as harem trousers, ornately decorated, or buckles from a traditional Chinese dress – quipao, paisley pattern, also called „peacock eye”, and ikat originated from Malaysia. In the collection there are also original headgears, elegant coats, and beautiful evening gowns made of chiffon and decorated with Indian appliques.
One of the more interesting stylizations that got my attention were draped harem trousers made of creme satin, paired with a light beige astrakhan fur vest. I used trousers made of a delicate satin-like fabric, and a fur vest.
Make ups and hairdos were also inspired by ’20s. The hair, pinned with tens of hairpins, made a sort of a helmet, imitating a short ’20s hairstyle. The eyes, strongly enhanced with dark eyeshadows, reflected after I World War mood. Eyebrows were long and thin, and lips enhanced with dark colours, painted in an almost heart shape. (Source) The model in this stylization was Marta Gajewska.

After the main stylization Magda created another make up on the second model, Diana Poschen.

Time to praise the whole team:
– great compliments for Magda for the stylization, hair and make up – everything was prepared perfectly!
– for the first time in front of the lens Marta Gajewska (she’s not THE Marta Gajewska :)) – I’m very nicely surprised with how natural she was, and what we made together in less than an hour!
– Diana told me that it was her portrait debut – and it was really hard for me to believe it.
– it’s very good to have an assistance when building such a big set, and this is the right time to thank Szymon from  In2it studio for his help – without you it would have taken me 3x more time!

Main stylization, model – Marta:

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Versus #4 Youssef Nassar

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After more than a year I’m back with another session from the Versus project. This time my photo companion was Lebanese photograph and director Youssef Nassar, with whom I worked on the music video for Steven Wilson. Our session was very spontaneous, we made it in a tiny hostel room after all working day. The background was a window curtain, and the lighting – tiny softbox 60×60 with studio lamp triggered by radio. Fun fact: the cigarette wasn’t lit on any of the photos, and all the smoke and other effects were added in postproduction.

My photos:

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Hand. Cannot. Erase. part.II Visuals

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Today a post that many of you have been waiting for. There was a little preview of it in my previous post, but only now, after the show in Łódź, I can officially show you what I’ve been working on for the last six months. All Steven Wilson’s fans know that his concerts are masterpieces, but on his current tour there is not only fantastic music, but also a great visual show. There is a 11x4m led screen behind the stage, helping the fans get into the story Wilson tells – it’s incredible! The tour began some time ago, and you can already find many concerts reviews, where the visualisations are warmly described. They are always just mentioned though, I’ll try to describe them with more details. My description will be based on the yesterday’s show in Łódź, hope you enjoy it.

The show begins with a few minutes long intro that changes seamlessly into ‘First Regret’ and ‘3 Years Older’. Directing and editing: Lasse Hoile, cinematography: Krzysztof Czechowski. Cast: Karolina Grzybowska, and in a couple of scenes me – in my role of a lifetime… I played an unloved boyfriend 🙂 All the pictures were taken in Poznań. Residential districts consisting of large blocks of flats were proudly represented by os. Orła Białego and os. Oświecenia. The tram scenes were taken in Pestka line, the dark station is the last stop on os. Sobieskiego. Other shots were taken near the Old Market Square, Plac Wolności, Marcinkowski Park and the Main Station.

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Butterfly Effect

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Today I’m going to show you a project that I started in August 2014, and finished just now, in March 2015. A part of the photos was taken during my previous meeting with Magda Zawada. Then I got the idea of putting these few experimental frames together into a short story, and this is how ‘the butterfly effect’ was born. We were missing three frames to complete the story, and we took them a few days ago in a completely different location. The most interesting aspect of the whole undertaking is its minimalism. The model was covered with a cheap plastic film, and then I reached the cocoon effect by a creative use of the liquify filter, which has been in Photoshop since forever. The lighting was one small system flash with radio trigger on a light stand, placed between the model and the background. You can see the whole postproduction process on the video.
Hope you enjoy it.

Silence, darkness. Delicate air movement, and rough sound wave breaking the biting cold of the cave…

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Winter Tales

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After more than 2 years I’m back with new energy for taking fairy-tale-like photos in Winter. Even though there wasn’t much snow this year, the January nature did a great job anyway. The subject is a fusion of my Muse’s old dream about ‘photos in a ball gown’ and my liking for fairy-tale-like atmosphere. The whole stylisation (the dress + the wig) is from Atelier Kulisy. The model was mentioned before, reliable and always wonderful Magdalena Witczak, and the stage for our fairy tale was Wielkopolska National Park. I have an impression that I’ve started the outdoor season so early before – we took these pictures 8th of January in about 5 Celsius degrees, in a piercing cold wind. From a technical point of view it’s worth mentioning that all of the photos were made in a natural light, without a reflector, and the brilliant bokeh is down to my favourite lens Canon 50mm f1.2 L.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Hand. Cannot. Erase. part.I

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This is the first post concerning my newest project, one of the biggest projects I’ve ever realized. Since August 2014 I’ve been hard working as a part of a team responsible for the visual side of the new Steven Wilson’s solo album ‘Hand. Cannot. Erase.’. But first, a few words of inroduction. The album was inspired by a real history of a young woman named Joyce Carol Vincent, who, despite living a perfectly normal life, having social relations and a steady job, by her own choice decides to break off contacts with everyone. As a result of doing so, for 3 years nobody noticed that she died from asthma attack, left alone in her apartment…

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