A music video by Lionel Samain

I did mention month ago this one. Here it is, at last!

Tatiana Platon is a writer and singer, when she is not performing as a fashion model. As she claims it in this song, she can be color blind, which could be one of those things we have in common.

How to sign 250 prints for a client? by Lionel Samain

It’s quite easy. You just get a good pen, 250 copies of the photograph I made from the Emerge campaign, some patience and a little of organization. Of course at some point, you’ll feel like Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in Kubrick’s The Shining… Anyway, it was pleasure to go through this ink marathon for a beloved client, Periscope Agency.

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A singing flick by Lionel Samain

Some times has passed since I had the opportunity to shoot a music video. But I was glad to draw some images around the music of Tatiana Platon’s songs. Stay around to watch this flicks this autumn… Meanwhile, here are some sketches and photograms.

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Ring of the Ring by Lionel Samain

I spend some times toying around Periscope’s logo and maybe, in the end, it turned into a personal obsession. At least it weaved a story around a ring of the ring.

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At last! Some one is watching!

At last! Some one is watching!

Behind the scene scenary by Lionel Samain

Motion, motion, motion, framed and stopped in their vivid attitude. Or are they part of the global communication plot? You tell me, I’m just the messenger…

on the set of Emerge for Periscope.

on the set of Emerge for Periscope.

It’s not my main focus, usually, but sometimes, I like to get a sharp point somewhere in the picture. Thanks, Dorien to hold this mark for me.

It’s not my main focus, usually, but sometimes, I like to get a sharp point somewhere in the picture. Thanks, Dorien to hold this mark for me.

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Not doing a selfy would be a waste of time, 2018 wise.

Not doing a selfy would be a waste of time, 2018 wise.

A very short making of.

Photography is not all photographs by Lionel Samain

Where do ideas of photographs come from? I like to think that they emerge first from the mind (hopefully). Then they take a nap on the surface of a sheet of paper. That’s where they are the most vulnerable. They could be torn apart, scratched by a giant cat, sent to oblivion by a splash of coffee… Yeap, it is almost for them as it is for a defensless prey in the harsh wildlife.

Preparation sketches for Emerge /Periscope

Preparation sketches for Emerge /Periscope

Mr Spock, quality control agent.

Mr Spock, quality control agent.

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The Making of Emerging by Digital by Lionel Samain

I'm not a big fan of "behind the scene" explanations, but it may be pleasant to explore some memories. Those one are related to a recent job we did for a communication agency, Periscope. They asked for a carte blanche. So anything starts with ink on paper. And dianthus, when the season is right.

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And with some help of my furry friend. 

50% inspiration, 50% guru. 100% cat. Selfportrait of the artist as a young cat.

50% inspiration, 50% guru. 100% cat. Selfportrait of the artist as a young cat.

It's never stressed enough to point the importance of shooting in a confortable, nice and warm environment. In this case, in Onzième Lieu, Paris.

Ephemeral light tattoos.

Ephemeral light tattoos.

It delivers energy to wonder on the paths of your idea.

A beacon in the digital noise

A beacon in the digital noise

Yellow like one happy Pikachu.

Yellow like one happy Pikachu.

Capsule I

If your purple horizon is wrong, all your life is wrong.

If your purple horizon is wrong, all your life is wrong.

Carte Blanche for Periscope agency by Lionel Samain

What would the words «Emerge by digital» look like in pictures? What would be the visual story behind this tagline? That is what the french agency Periscope asked me some weeks ago. And I was extremely enthousiastic to storm my mind around the edges of this concept.

 

How to picture the «digital»?

First, let’s clear the obvious: escape from clichés, use your instinct as a compas to chart new territories. Yeld to an odd siren call. Slope down to deep waters where imagination takes over mundane triviality. And emerge to the hidden face of ideas. At last, vibrations take shapes, light becomes language, the world transmute into harmony and meaning. Then, it sounds right.

 

Challenge accepted! Vibes, liquids, colours, I couldn’t wait to put my hands on them and film this emerging universe, life.

Model Dorien Pauwels is staring as the siren under the supervision of makeup artist Mathieu De Mayer.

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EMERGE by DIGITAL - Made for Periscope agency

Direction & photography by Lionel Samain - Makeup & hair by Mathieu de Mayer - Model is Dorien Pauwels

Photograph Errands XVI by Lionel Samain

If pictures where motion pictures...

Habemus Papam (2011)  In good company with model Eliza Sys & make-up artist Mathieu De Mayer

Habemus Papam (2011)

In good company with model Eliza Sys & make-up artist Mathieu De Mayer

The Wild Bunch (1969)  Model Nicolas Larosse down. Model Zolita S. wearing hat. Beauty by Karima Maruan.

The Wild Bunch (1969)

Model Nicolas Larosse down. Model Zolita S. wearing hat. Beauty by Karima Maruan.

Titanic (1997)  Model Daphné Velghe is sinking with style. With help from stylist Sandrine Duprez and make-up artist Steven Raes.

Titanic (1997)

Model Daphné Velghe is sinking with style. With help from stylist Sandrine Duprez and make-up artist Steven Raes.

Rear Window (1954)  Something she shouldn't have seen... (model is Zolita S., make-up & hair by Karima Maruan)

Rear Window (1954)

Something she shouldn't have seen... (model is Zolita S., make-up & hair by Karima Maruan)

Le passe-muraille (1951)  Eliza Sys, model. Mathieu De Mayer, hair & make-up.

Le passe-muraille (1951)

Eliza Sys, model. Mathieu De Mayer, hair & make-up.

Photograph Errands XV by Lionel Samain

Let's resume to living our week as if everyday was a movie...

Monday looks like Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

Model Eliza Sys was pressuring the wall while Mathieu De Mayer took over make-up & hair

Model Eliza Sys was pressuring the wall while Mathieu De Mayer took over make-up & hair

Tuesday feels like Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Models are Zolita & Nicolas Larosse. Make-up & Hair: Karima Maruan

Models are Zolita & Nicolas Larosse. Make-up & Hair: Karima Maruan

Wednesday: Peeping Tom (1960)

Model: Daphne Velghe. Styled by Sandrine Duprez, H&Mup: Steven Raes.

Model: Daphne Velghe. Styled by Sandrine Duprez, H&Mup: Steven Raes.

Thursday: Stargate (1994)

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Friday: Lifeboat (1944)

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Photograph Errands XIV by Lionel Samain

5 days in Cinecolor...

 

Monday: Waterworld (1995)

Daphne Velghe, from Dominique Models, is styled by Sandrine Duprez. Hair & Make-up is by Steven Raes. Water is from tap.

Daphne Velghe, from Dominique Models, is styled by Sandrine Duprez. Hair & Make-up is by Steven Raes. Water is from tap.

Tuesday: Battleship Potemkin (1925)

models are Nicolas Larosse & Zolita, make-up & hair by Karima Maruan

models are Nicolas Larosse & Zolita, make-up & hair by Karima Maruan

Wednesday: The Others (2001)

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Thursday: The Watcher in the Woods (1980)

Model: Eliza Sys - H&M up: Brigitte Petit - styled by Jennifer Defays.

Model: Eliza Sys - H&M up: Brigitte Petit - styled by Jennifer Defays.

Friday: Cabiria (1914)

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