Published on Feb 18, 2017
About two weeks ago, I asked you guys on social media to vote for your favorite image so I could make a full video showing you the entire creative process behind one of my most powerful images... So yeah. Enjoy.
Photographing 74 year old Master silversmith Li-Gong, and his 13 year old granddaughter, Li-Ley-Ling, wasn't easy. The silver workshop was dark, lit only by a small window and the television set. But sneaking in some 'fill light' from an LED light and trying really hard not to move the camera too much, we managed to get some beautiful images that I'm pretty pleased with.
I've always loved grainy photographs. As I see it, no matter how beautiful and complex the images are, it's their grainy imperfection that reminds us that what we are seeing is really out there and that it wasn't easy to photograph. I almost always find my favourite kind of images during the very last light of the setting sun or when things are illuminated by the dancing flame of a candle…But on my last journey to Ethiopia I had what was probably my darkest photoshoot to date.
When I first got to Ethiopia I had 2 main goals; the first goal was to satisfy my desire for change since, up to that point, most of my work was focused on different parts of Asia. I wanted to challenge myself to make a new photography project in a completely new environment, one that had no cultural similarities with the other places I've travelled to previously.
As some of you may know I was fortunate enough to do another TEDx talk on TEDxWhiteCity stage some time ago and now the talk is online for you guys to watch it! The talk is about my view and intake on the future of photography as an international language, a language that ultimately will connect us all.