Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Dirk Franke: The Miami Heat
Dirk Franke stylishly blends beauty, fashion and glamour into a modern exploration of sensuality and classic sex appeal
“I started taking pictures when I was a teenager,” Franke explains about his initial attraction to photography. “There were a lot of landscapes at first, but then puberty set in, and the first girl-friend completely changed my perspective. I was fascinated by the beauty of women. I started shooting lots of portraits and made some first steps with “fashion-like” shots in the following years.
“I have a deep admiration for the beauty of a woman,” he continues. “No matter what the subject of the shot is, I’ll always make sure that the model looks her, or his, very best. Although my clients are mainly concerned about their specific product, they usually appreciate this very much. There was a time several years ago when it was popular to make stunningly beautiful top models look like they’ve been partying nonstop for several days and shoot them in corners of cheap motel rooms. Back then, I just laid low and waited for it to pass. Thank God, it did.”
Lighting For Seduction
Franke is a great fan of Steve Hiett, who used an aggressive approach to strobe lighting, and Franke combines this approach with lots of color, contrast and shadow for a resulting aesthetic that he refers to as “punchy.” The lighting pulls his subjects from their background, adding definition and making them the clear centerpiece to each image.
“In the very beginning of my career,” says Franke about his instantly recognizable style, “I thought that a subject that was that beautiful and fragile needed the softest lighting possible. After a while, I understood that hard light and shadows not only can make a shot so much more interesting in general, but bring out the beautiful lines of a face or a body even more.
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