After various bits of speculation and leaks of information (by me) interest in my book project is finally taking off. Here is my account of the first part of the journey.
I say my book, but really, this is OUR book. Chloe – Jasmine Whichello and I are jointly working on this art project which is of great importance to us both. Ever since we first shot together back in May it was obvious that we shared the same passion to create images of outstanding quality. Dedication, and a constant drive on both of our parts often left us exhausted at the end of each session. Working with either of us isn’t easy but when we are both together there is some magic that transcends the task in hand and creativity flows.
Torvil and Dean, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Elton John and Bernie Taupin all produced bodies of work that beyond the sum of their individual talents. C-J and I do the same, The process is fun and strangely intimate yet distant and professional. This book is just chapter one of our journey.
The book idea was something I came up with a while ago. Shoot 3 I think it was. And it drove my shift towards shooting fine art portraits with Chloe. I’ve recently developed a passion for creating photographs that go beyond the gloss and punch of my Speedlight style. These shots melt into an era of romance and beauty inspired by mid 20thC films. Don’t get me wrong, I still love punchy flash lit shots but this project is a break from all that. An acoustic album if you will.
Last week we had the shoot of our lives. Chloe and I spent the preceding days sending each other links to collections of photographs that we loved and I compiled a series of moodboards using Moodboard Pro for the iPad. We kept Vicki in the loop too. Vicki is my house make up artist and has become a good friend to both of us, especially Chloe. Her calm, caring support for Chloe is vital for the spark to stay brightly lit between us. The three of us are a team. We shot fine art nudes on location at the fabulous Swan Hotel in Wells in Somerset and the woods nearby. These shots are not for publication on the blog but will certainly be in the book. The nudes of Chloe are probably the best shots of my life to date.
On Sunday, once Chloe has finished treading the boards at London Fashion Week and I’ve returned from Photokina in Cologne we are going to select the pictures for the book. We will make post production notes for every image and then the work begins. Not just for Marko and Luke but for Chloe too. Chloe will write the lyrics inspired by thoughts, words, pictures, memories and our moments shared.
The book is going to be a collection of words and pictures. A fusion of our creativity. I expect it will take just two weeks to pull all the content together. Luke, my in-house graphic designer will design the book layouts using Adobe inDesign.
The print run. I want to print 1000 copies for the first edition. Each of them numbered and signed. The first 100 copies will have an original signed and numbered fine art print made in my studio using the finest paper inside the front jacket. 1000 copies is too many for digital offset to be cost effective and is more suited to the Litho print process. My next move will be to employ the services of a book printing broker to act on our behalf.
The launch party is going to be our big event. Chloe and I are scheming and dreaming about the glamour of a west end gallery launch. My daughter Francesca is already thinking about dresses and there is a real buzz about this project. Expect a fab party with Champagne. Chloe has the contacts and skills to pull off an exceptional do.