What other surprises did you encounter during the day?
No real surprises, but some little challenges that added up to a great work cocktail. For example, getting out of my usual studio to shoot on a concave plate, or a schedule strictly confined to one day so that the stylist and model could return to Paris in time. Not to mention the relentless sun. You could say that I was clearly out of my comfort zone with this project. At the end everyone enjoyed it and we are very proud of the results.
The atmosphere is truly unique with a light that is very distinctive. How did you go about it technically?
I followed what the concept dictated: playing around with it, seeing myself struggle with the sun and the ground. The idea was to always have at least one Indirect Litemotiv as a key light to take the sun into account for shadow effects on the ground and reflections on the model. Sometimes I used 1 to 2 other flashes to lightly round everything out to retain the graphic aspect my compositions. The very specific framing also underlined this hyper-graphic aspect.
Which of the 4 Indirect Litemotiv's did you like the most and why?
The Indirect Octa is without a doubt the one that spoke to me the most with regard to what I usually do. Because of its size, its shape and the basic approach of indirect flash, it lets me cover a subject on foot with a light that is even and with a very beautiful natural intensity. I was particularly impressed by the charcter of its light without the use of the diffuser.
The whole line is well designed and the joint system is very effective for its quick locking-unlocking and the stability of the products is exceptional.
How did you feel about working on such a personnal project with Elinchrom?
Very happy, in fact! I could never have done this series this way with my own equipment. There, I had access to everything I could dream of! Regarding the concept, the idea of a human watch came to my mind instantly, like a flash of inspiration at the moment when you talked about your need for images for the Indirect Litemotivs. Producing this series about light, with Elinchrom, a manufacturer of lights, was such a good match that it would have been absurd to do it on my own. Thank you again for your confidence in me and your enthusiasm!