Monday, November 26, 2007
Markus Klinko and Indrani - Masters Of The Creative Partnership
For the team of Markus Klinko and Indrani, the world of fashion photography is their muse
“We have the great benefit of being able to turn to each other for support,” Klinko says.
“Ironically, it doesn't always make things go easier or quicker because we both have our own points of view,” adds Indrani.
The collaborative effort leads to many, sometimes frustrating discussions as both are passionate about their ideas.
“We don't always agree, but if we had the same opinion about things, then we might as well work by ourselves,” offers Klinko.
In many of those discussions, says Indrani, “Eventually two unique perspectives bind together to create one vision.”
“It's very rewarding,” Klinko affirms. “I wouldn't want to be a photographer without her.”
“We're like an old married couple,” says Indrani. “I'm sure it can be quite humorous for people to watch us work. But if we can keep the comments between us and not spread any frustrating energy around the set, then it just becomes a funny element to the shoot.”
Her partner agrees. “We definitely don't have to beat around the bush when it comes to communication,” Klinko adds. “We're very direct with our communication, and it helps a great deal with getting the work done on and off a set.”
When asked about their best tool to create their work, both agree that it's their ideas—their ability to create a feeling and to collaborate together to create images that communicate that feeling and message.
Says Klinko, “When you're dealing with a fashion shoot, that message is vital to the success of the line of clothing.”
“Markus still loves his custom-built camera,” Indrani points out.
“But I'm kind of getting away from all that obsessive technical stuff,” Klinko says. “I use it, and it's important to our work, of course. But a couple of years ago, I was crazy about how many pixels there were and how many more lights we could use. Now it's more about ‘What are we trying to say here?' It's our minds that help us the most. The subtle nuances in the mood is the element that we're constantly trying to achieve in our work—not just for our clients, but for us as well.”
Indrani agrees. “We really want to touch the viewer in an emotional way, and that's our main focus now.”
“We still love and appreciate and use all the great technology available to us,” offers Klinko. “And in a cyclical way, technology inspires fashion and pop art and photography. But creating an image solely based on techie tools isn't the main element for us anymore. I guess you can say we're growing up.”
To see more of Klinko & Indrani's work, visit www.markusklinko-indrani.com.
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