artist portraits

Crescent Moon

I met Conny as I left the station, I was waiting for a friend outside when she walked by, and I stopped her asking if I could photograph her. It was a hot day during Berlin summer, but as life goes on and reroutes our paths, we only met some time in November; the sweltering temperatures had iced, the winter had arrived.

Her apartment was in a charming old building in Neukölln, she told me she moved in long ago. She has been a social worker for many years and seemed satisfied and tired, that kind of work is rewarding and taxing, she said. Conny is beautiful, of course, she’d had a hard road, for reasons of privacy I won’t get into that, yet what I found so enigmatic about her was not only her beauty and gentleness, but a certain kind of wisdom and melancholy in her eyes. It was real, raw light that came through her, and with it, a darkness.

I felt, when I looked at her, how I feel when I look at the crescent moon.

Conny in her Berlin apartment.

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Alice Phoebe Lou for Rolling Stone Magazine

Summer and I found myself back on the east coast of South Africa shooting Alice Phoebe Lou for Rolling Stone Magazine, just ahead of her tour with Rodriguez, aka Sugarman. I had known Alice for a few years and met her in Berlin when she was busking. I was unsure of what to expect on this particular shoot because I had never shot with elephants before, though they live on a private game reserve and are somewhat used to people, they are still unpredictable and wild. We had limited time to shoot, I chose fifteen minutes before sunset and the energy and results were magical. The shot of Alice and the elephant with their heads touching was an unexpected and unplanned moment, and one of my favourite of my images to date.

The series appeared in the May 2016 issue of Rolling Stone Germany entitled “Wild Life”, with an article and interview by Ralf Niemczyk detailing Alice Phoebe Lou’s rise from busker to international singer and artist.

See the Alice Phoebe Lou Rolling Stone Article here.