BRANSCH artist Frieke Janssens photographed the Toneelhuis theater group in a style harking back to Hollywood portraiture of the Golden Age. This ongoing series of portraits of actors and directors are for theater posters and website to help announce new performances at the Bourla, a marvelously restored 19th-century building in Antwerp, Belgium.
Frieke was inspired by the sensuous light and striking gaze typical of portraits of legendary actors like Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn - perhaps you see an older version of Marilyn Monroe in the portrait of Gilde De Bal.
Special emphasis was placed on faces, hence the decision to put the subjects on a pedestal, creating individual busts devoted to each troupe member. The stylized busts placed in a setting inspired the attic space of the Bourla theater were Frieke's way to give viewers something to look at and dream about, rather than capture a straight reportage moment of a performance, or the standard black and white theater headshot.
For BRANSCH artist Steffen Jagenburg, it is always a magical moment when sound and motion add to the feel of his imagery. It is like giving life your own expressions.
It is a beautiful, welcome challenge to cover content in two different visual ways: still and motion. Steffen's numerous clients look for that - someone to use the same language in film and photography, combined with Steffen's great aesthetic sensibility and attitude.
BRANSCH artist Sven Schrader introduces his new showreel. It containes footage of several movie projects that he produced over the last two years. It shows his diverse work for advertising, music videos and private short films. As multifaceted with his motion as he is with his still photography, Sven's aesthetic informs both.