I had a great time working with my friend Paul Sethi, on an editorial for the latest issue of his magazine, Special Request - the new issue's just hit the shelves. It's a celebration of the hey day era of television, featuring iconic moments from the 70's through to the end of the 90's - the era when the only screen we looked at was the television. I'm delighted to be featured in such esteemed company as Buzz Aldrin, Philip Pullman, Antoine de Caunes and Mick Jones - with features about Baywatch, TV dinners, Eurotrash - and the era of the pre-internet days of late night TV.
Having told me the issue was going to be around the theme of television, we spent an afternoon reminiscing about the way TV used to be - pre Youtube and Netflix - back when we grew up in the 80's and 90's. We got nostalgic about that particular genre that has now been largely lost, of the 'straight-to-TV' erotic thriller. You know the sort; a bit 'Basic Instinct' - but without the big budget, the A-list actors, or the script. On looking into that era of TV we realised that we should shoot an homage to the posters of those shows. Scroll down or see the final images HERE, and read on for more about the process of the shoot.
Having looked into some mood boards we came up with some main images that would become our starting point to create our posters - looking at artwork from the era, pulp fiction covers, the work of artists like Bill Gold & Robert McGinnis. I had recently met a model on a casting that I knew would be the right look for our ideas - full of attitude and so versatile, the wonderful Poli Korol. We shot at my studio in London, and had a great team assembled for the shoot.
Keeping the lighting simple - as it would have been in the era - just one 1k tungsten head, & reflectors, it was a great reminder of just how little equipment you need to create dramatic, cinematic lighting when you put your mind to it.
We worked on an initial set of layouts and compositing ideas, but then as we started to discuss titles and taglines, decided to start over again, and work with the creatively brilliant Simon Moore - he took the layouts into a more concise vision and you can see the the final results of the editorial below and HERE - the final posters look awesome; totally got the vibe we were looking for. After the gallery are some of the shots that didn't make the final editorial layout - so you can see the stages of development we went through.
And here are some of the shots that didn't make the final editorial layout - and some of the images in their earlier iterations - still in a state of experimentation, playing around with them. .
Model: Poli Korol
Graphic design by Simon Moore
Styling by Alison Elwin
Hair by Fabio @ Frank Agency
Make up by Jaimee Thomas