As a creative who enjoys working with natural light, seeks inspiration in various visual elements, prefers to keep his work unretouched, and whose mission is to show the realness of the people he photographs, Capetown-based Detlef Honigstein shows us a photo story that is as simple yet powerful as it gets.
Inspired by Ghost in the Shell, Detlef and his crew went for a completely different look for the lovely Linnéa Berzén, fitting her with a black wig that went with her edgy look.
As for his analogue gear of choice, Detlef couldn’t have picked a better choice of film in Lomography Earl Grey 100 B&W to go with his Praktica MTL 5B. To make sure he also gets her transformation in color, he also snapped away with a Leica R8 loaded with Kodak Ektar 100 film.
“A photograph is effective when it makes you feel something,” according to Detlef, and we find it the case in his model’s piercing gaze and pensive poses for this body of work. Working with 35 mm film for two years and with Polaroids all his life, he has mastered the art of carefully choosing a film for the look he’s after and experimenting with different conditions.
Detlef and his crew clearly loves the results and so do we — fierce vibes, crisp details, and powerful command of the model’s features. We find this black and white selection as a particularly empowering display of charm without pretensions, and a lovely example of how strength can emanate out of beauty.
Visit his website to find out more about Detlef Honigstein and his work.