Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Russell James for Rolex



One of the most creative and charismatic photographers I've ever worked with is a fashion shooter named Russell James. http://www.studiorusselljames.com/

He does a lot of work for Victoria's Secret and many other very high profile clients, including Rolex. Every now and then we get a chance to work together, when a project is particularly involved with shallow water or splash environments, either in pools or in the ocean. I am always in awe of his considerable technical proficiency in these situations, but truthfully most impressed with his genuine affinity and friendship with the supermodels he works with. They like him, want to do good work with him, and in the end they look spectacular and the client is well served.

A few years ago we did a project for Rolex, in New Providence. Our mutual friend Stuart Cove provided all the in-water support, and we based the production at Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Russell flew a different supermodel in for each of 7 consecutive days and they would be photographed in a studio contrived in a ballroom at the hotel, and also shot in a pool or in the ocean (if their water skills allowed them to be safe in an ocean environment). I was there to shoot backgrounds in the ocean, which which the studio shots would then be composited.

Some of the open water shots of the girls, all wearing their Rolexes of course, worked. But, in my opinion the strongest shots, and the ones chosen to lead the campaign, were the studio shots Russell took of the girls in flowing gowns, with a wind machine ruffling the hair, and the light on the Rolex watch beautifully crafted. My underwater backgrounds were compositional elements, combined in Photoshop.

The results ran on the Rolex website and a huge print campaign in French Vogue.

Here's some Behind The Scenes shots:




7 comments:

淑慧 said...

happy to read~ thank you!..................................................................

陳韋夏陳韋夏益東富益東富 said...

融會貫通的智慧,永遠不會被遺忘。..................................................

Blogged by Julz said...

Thanks Stephen for sharing this. It was truly an interesting read. All the details behind lighting the watch to composing the underwater images together with the images of the models. I enjoyed the read very much.
Have a happy day!
Julz

國林維 said...

好文,領受了!謝謝!............................................................

秀吉秀吉 said...

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愛情是一種發明,需要不斷改良。只是,這種發明和其他發明不一樣,它沒有專利權,隨時會被人搶走。.................................................................

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