Fast & Curious
An inspiration can be found everywhere. But it may surprise you what was the original idea behind this artwork. And I can assure you it was neither the movie Fast & Furious nor the poster itself. Would you like to know more and see some steps how it was done?
Like many times before, the inspiration came from my family. More precisely from our little daughter Hana. She likes to run, climb, jump and explore everything. She is very curious. And when we try to catch her, she can get really fast. Do you see the hints? I thought it might be funny to extend this idea a bit further.
I searched among some posters for the movies Fast & Furious and I quite liked the one from the year 2009 for the Fast & Furious 4. Simple, a car in the front and dramatic, shadowed faces behind it. The only thing I had to do was to capture our portraits in a way that would fit the concept. So I set up the lights in my studio, brought the family in and created these moody and dramatic black&white photos.
In the next step I removed the actors from the original image and cut out the car in order to be able to place the faces behind it. After aligning the faces, I added more contrast to them so that they better fit the mood of the poster. As you may have noticed, the faces in my version are slightly bigger than in the original poster. That was intentional, I just liked it more this way. And finally, to complete the idea of Fast & Curious, I changed the letter in the title.
Can you guess what was the most difficult part of this project? Correct, to photograph our daughter. Hana got very excited while we were shooting, she was fencing with her arms in all directions and looking everywhere but in the camera. That was actually the reason why I decided to photograph each person separately. This way I could control individual expressions and poses and make the session short and entertaining for all of us.
Location: studio, Koprivnice (Czech Republic)