Stories behind photos

There is something I want to tell you about...


Some people say they look like angels falling from heaven and some see them going up. I however see it as a commercial poster that I was asked to create for the PoleFlow Ladies.

A charter member of the Ladies contacted me and asked that could I take new potraits of the group because of the old ones have been there for a while and needed some upgrade. They didn´t have any idea how it should look and trusted my vision so I had “carte blanche” to create this artwork.

My first thought was that I just make trendy series of flour flying in the air to emphasize the movement of the dancers and that I actually did. However on the way home I had an idea to combine this serie of portraits to one piece of digital artwork where this pole-dancing group is surrounded by clouds and having their show on the top of the skylines.

As I published it, turned out that many of the viewer related it to religion in a way or another. Some said it is sinful piece of a work and some of them think its liberating. Later on I have realized that this picture does have a creative contrast between religious / spiritual thoughts and is also sophisticated way to create vision for the viewers of this not so traditional “pole-dancer” group.

But in the end, its just a beautiful poster of talented pole-dancers..



It´s great to have an idea that gives you a good laugh. When I get these ideas I write them down and let them be a while. Then if it makes me giggle later on also I usually make a sketch / drawing it to see if it could work as a photo also.

Idea for this photo came when my friend saw a digital art photo that he think was made quite poorly. "The result of a badly photoshopped picture looks always like that boy fishing from the moon." was his comment of this photo. I don´t hate or see that the Dreamworks logo is poorly made but he for some reason does.

So becouse of the hate he had for this little innocent character I thought it would be quite dark and also hilarious to get rid of "him" in a environment that gives somekind of reason or purpose to this cruel act... in a funny way ofcourse.

So far it still was all clear and amusing to me so I started to create the composition. I asked my father to be the "hunter" and my son to act the deadly role of little moon boy. Ofcourse they said yes and I took photos and carried out the rest of the plan by combining all the elements in photoshop.

When the work was done I rested my eyes for a while. As I sat down to look the final photo again the "WTF" - feeling hit me. The result looked disturbed but funny at the same time... sure I did know from the beginning that the idea was odd but It still made me confused. Many people have described this exact feelings when they have seen some of my works and for the first time I understand.



Few days ago I was asked to take one-year-old photos of this little gentleman. This incredible fast fellow was full of curiosity and every item and place seemed to be mind-blowingly interesting from his point of view.

I took couple of basic portraits of him and everyone was happy. As I started to edit these photos I noticed that despite his very young age, imagination was already running wildly. Exploring his teddybears figures by touching its nose and mouth and making it stand on its own while wondering around it, replicating noises and looking it from different angles. I had no clue what this game or play with his toy was all about... this game that even one year old could play and understand.

I then decided that my goal was to "restart" my own imagination and make a world that would have somekind of a story around him. So I chose one "accidentally" taken photo of him when he was playing around and started creating.

This is what I ended up with. One side of the photo has a dry and decading landscape representing aging, weakening imagination as the opposite side turns to be more "fresh" and vital describing curious, healthy creativity like childs have. Because playing is learning and the best way to maintain our imagination I added toys around scene and placed grass growing footsteps around them to remind us not to look things always from the same perspective.

So to understand why kids have such a great time while playing remember to restart your imagination once a while


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