We got to meet Patrik the first time in 2006. Then we hardly saw him for a while since he was working at Wallmans Salonger for a long time and we visited him there one magical night.
Patrik is involved in a long term project called Varietéteatern, he is an artist and actor and have worked with circus and theater for a long time.
He lives together with Ylva and their two kids on what used to be a farmsted in Trollsta, a few minutes from Segersän in Nynäshamns kommun in Stockholm.
In the same place there is another family as well with three kids and they are also involved in the same theatre project so there are two very nice houses there, a huge barn for repetitions and working out new acts, a workshop place to make props for the acts, a place to sew costumes.
We are so happy to know these people, every time we get there we are feeling so welcome and there is always something going on. If nobody is arc welding outside to make a home built solar panel for water heating, then there is someone sewing on a costume for a new.
I think the first poster is the best one really, I was never a hundred percent on the lower part of the table and so by putting the logos on top of a brown background like that is perfect. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, and it was great fun!
I believe I will go there soon to shoot the repetion of their play!
I was using a 50mm f/1.8 lens when shooting this, it was the perfect focal length (even on my DX camera) and the sharpness and definition of the 50mm is almost scary sometimes. Post-Processing was done on the original photograph with Adobe Lightroom, The GIMP and Photoshop CS3. The main actions was to mask the actors and darken the background a bit further than what we managed to do in the photo.
This was some photographs I did for some good friends who has a theatre. They had this play and when they played it people from the audience came to them and asked if the play was based around the famous painting by Paul Cezanne called ”The Card Players” or ”Les joueuers de carted” as it is called in French.
They asked me to shoot a similar shot, based on the paiting, for a promotional poster for the theatre group and the play that they were setting up. Which I thought was a wonderful idea so we went ahead trying to find the right costumes and other props.
We set it up where the theatre use to make their repetitions. We had to be a little inventive trying to recreate the moods. We used stage lighting to light the picture and I shot it with Nikon D70s using Nikkor AF 50mm f/1,8 lens, one of the sharpest tools in the tool box.
The bottle is a port wine bottle I brought last time we visited.
In the final edit the background is darkened more to look more like the painting and the window frame visible is blurred. I may post the final edit when they have their posters printed!
It was great fun making a poster like this when there was a very set theme. We had a printout of the original painting to study and the actors here where quite used at getting in the mood so they sat down and nailed everything immediately.
I had to take a few angles before I found what I was looking for in the camera viewfinder.