shooting a floating luxury hotel in the middle of the amazon never occurred to me, unless you saw the 1982 movie fitzcarraldo from werner herzog about a man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle. the ship i will be shooting looks similar as the one you see in the movie with the exception of the steam engines. I cannot help to draw a parallel between old and new, but this is the way i search for inspiration before a photo shoot, once i am there i just take it all in. the shoot will be near manaus, north of brasil, where the amazon and negro river meet. the two rivers keep running unmixed for 100 km because of the difference in the amount of sediment.
just got back from punta cana in the dominican republic and all this week is crunch time with the editing. in a country where everything is possible and there is never a no for an answer, where everybody greets you with a smile and “todo se resuelve” (everything will work), this shoot could not have been possible without all the help from the local team. gracias a todos mis amigos en republica dominicana! more photos coming soon…
photographer assistant: joel “el grande”
hotel production: markys
lifestyle production: isabel and luisa from maniki agency santo domingo
models: fabrine and carlos from mega models miami
too much has happened in the last two months that sometimes it is hard to keep track of everything that you do, i am sure there is an app for that. but disconnecting yourself from everything is good, like a reboot. we have so many things that plug into walls, adapters, extensions and so on that it is scary to think that our work and day to day depends on it. it is good to put everything away to sleep once in a while… anyway, back in new york for a behind the scenes video and photo shoot of iberostar’s top chefs. tomorrow’s forecast: snow storm… should be fun!! here is the latest lifestyle shoot in mexico’s riviera maya. thank you dietrich and annika for your support!
a new series of photographs called “caminos de la vida” (paths of life) inspired by the works of richard serra is online in my archive. this archive will soon be able to sell all my photographs for stock and museum quality prints. i leave you today with a quote from peter lindbergh on the creativity within us…
“creativity is the basis of self-expression. Why are some people supposedly more creative than others, and why can’t others open themselves up enough to be able to express who they are? Creation is the birth of something, and something cannot come from nothing. When someone creates something: a painting, a poem, a photograph, the creativity comes from an idea, from a feeling, from emotion, or from a combination of ideas, feelings and emotions that are somehow ‘reborn’ from all our experiences and perspectives. Creativity is the desire to express ourselves. To formulate these expressions, we have to draw from our reservoir of experience, dreams, desires and experimentation and mix together what was, what is, and what could be… I don’t think you can learn it, it is rather something that evolves. Your perception of everything in your life fills up this reservoir. Some people are drawn to create and express themselves, others are drawn to reflect, to analyze. But in the end, they all could be creative if they had the desire to explore the way in which they are integrated in the world of their experiences. Because creativity is really a rebirth, a true tone we feel for ourselves and for our world. Then our work becomes a real part of who we are. Maybe all this is a question of how deep we are willing to go…” by peter lindbergh
the last video of ocean hotels, ocean blue & sand, in punta cana is complete. situated in the dominican republic, one of the most beautiful islands of the caribbean because of its natural beauty, its people, music, and joy of life. i had the opportunity to visit this island many times and every time it keeps impressing me more. after completing the filming of the video i drove around the island from punta cana to santo domingo, then to terrenas in the north east and ended in cabarete. cabarete is the surfing mecca of the caribbean, with trade winds in the afternoon much like maui and swells so large in the winter that you may think you are in the north shore of hawaii. in the mourning you can wake up and go surfing with crystal clear waters and in the afternoon you can windsurf or kite surf till dawn. at the beginning of the video you can see some footage of punta cana, i hope you enjoy this video as much as enjoyed making it in this wonderful island so dear to me.
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ocean maya, the second video of ocean hotels in the riviera maya is ready! we are working on some final touches and will introduce titles in the latest version as well as s shorter version for the web. enjoy!
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my latest work are three short videos for the spanish hotel chain ocean by h10 in mexico and the dominican republic. we worked with panasonic hpx 170 which delivers really good hd quality with an all digital workflow… no more tapes and time consuming captures on hard disks. digital recoding is changing the way we see things every year leaving more room and time for creativity, editing, and pos production. we also used the canon eos 5d to get a good depth of field and we were really surprised by the quality of the video!!! wow!!! the only downside is that this camera is so small that you either need to set it on a tripod or have a stabilizer for moving shots. enough with the technical stuff that i can go on forever (i love it…), but the goal of these videos is to capture the emotions, the colors, the ocean, the lifestyle of the place, i hope we have achieved that… this is the first of three videos from mexico and the dominican republic, enjoy…
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