http://www.sinaeslami.com. < photographer / film maker based in berlin
more to come…
http://www.sinaeslami.com. < photographer / film maker based in berlin
“Just like freedom, Truth is not cheap. Yet both are worth more than all the gold in the world. But what is freedom, if there is no truth? And what is truth, if there is no freedom? Both are worth fighting for -because one without the other would be hell.” – Suzy Kassem
I want to take a moment to reflect on truth. It is a fleeting thing these days and we all have our own version of it. There are facts… but they are sometimes proven wrong. Remember when the whole world once believed the Earth to be flat. There are beliefs… but for every one of those there is a contradictory one residing in the heart of a neighbor. There was the news… but no one trusts it anymore. What is left of your truth? Can we find one universal truth? Can we agree that everyone is loved by and loves someone or some thing on this planet? Can we disprove or dispute love?
Can we say that we treat people the way we agree to be treated in return?
Somethin in the works. ”A feel good series for people averse to feeling good.” A half hour single – cam dark comedy procedural. By Rolf Roring & Watchmen Productions. Filming the teaser was fun & the whole team is so awesome & talented… really excited for this project.
Here a couple personal backstage pics from on set: stay tuned.
One of my longest time and mega talented photographer friends, Nato Tuke and I met in our mutual home of sunny Florida to make this story. However this day was the opposite of sunny, it was perhaps the foggiest day of my life. I drove down to Ponce Inlet in about 2 meter visibility and found Nato & our girl crew enthralled by the weather. We all worked hard to bring things down to the beach altough we could barely see each other or the sea… Here are the results. Henri Matisse once said, ”Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”
Photo by the legendary Nato Tuke.
-She makes amazing wedding photographs and I highly recommend her if you need things of that special nature… she even comes to you, in case you are planning to elope.
Make Up by the lovely Amanda Kate
Hair by nature, the wind and seafog.
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl Sagan.
So here is one for the galaxy.
Photo by Sina Eslami.
Remember that whatever you are looking for, whatever it is that you need to find to be happy… it is inside of you already. It may hide from you. It may bury itself behind guilt or fear or broken ideas or something only you know. Search though… and you will find it when you least expect it.
This photo from one day with natural light, natural people and good timing. Nothing more.
Free flowing water. Downwards and green rushing out of the cliffs, down the mountain tumbling towards the sea. What were we before? Drops of us floating around … drops of life. Drops of conscious thought. Drops of energy and matter smashing against everything else. What was I before? Tiny life stories of moments lived. Pieces put together exactly this way. It has been discovered that there were more species of humans on this planet than we thought. What do we think anyway and why? We think ist all so hard. We think ist all so damn simple. We think the opposite of truth and call it correct. We take a lie and make it shine like a true thing. We take fears and turn them to anything but fuel. Does each piece of us know something different? Are they able to tell each other what they know or are they too alone with what they hold true? The tiny pieces of us.
Photo by Sina Eslami
Sina Eslami and I spontaneously decided to film this scene of a woman in her home on the turn of the year, which is also the setting for the story we present here. The idea grew on its own and before we knew the complete plot, we were shooting as it unfolded. The characters in the narrative engage in a dialogue that maybe many can relate to within themselves. The story is open to your interpretation and through that it continues to form and become more to you and to us. Up until this point we have been the only ones working on the film from lighting, camera work, story development, acting and editing and it was lovely to have kept the project so small. We have submitted this short film to a couple festivals and would love to hear your thoughts on it. Please share them below.
To see more from the wonderfully talented Sina Eslami, please visit his website. He has recently relocated to Berlin, so expect many more things to come from our collaborations.
Enjoy the film.
Stretch yourself. With it stretch your mind. Your horizons. Your boundaries. Your understanding. Your arms reach out to gather information and to communicate. Your feet reach to the ground and connect you to it and let you leap from it.
“A writer, who was a celebrity in Paris, had entered her shop one day. He was not looking for a hat. He asked if she sold luminous flowers that he had heard about, flowers which shone in the dark. He wanted them, he said, for a woman who shone in the dark. He could swear that when he took her to the theatre and she sat back in the dark loges in her evening dress, her skin was as luminous as the finest of sea shells, with a pale pink glow to it. And he wanted these flowers for her to wear in her hair.”
― Anaïs Nin, Delta of Venus
Photos by the wonderful Sina Eslami.
To see more from Rob Futrell visit his website.
Hair and Make-Up done by the wonderful Alexis Hamlin-Vogler of Philosophie Salon
Visit Magnolia Supply online here. Or in the beautiful shop at 58 San Marco Ave., Suite B in St. Augustine, Florida.
The photos were shot inside of the wonderful Ice Plant in St. Augustine, Florida. Well worth a visit.
Making-Of video here.
Remember, you and you alone are responsible for maintaining your energy. Give up blaming, complaining and excuse making, and keep taking action in the direction of your goals- however mundane or lofty they may be. – Jack Canfield
In visions of the dark night
I have dreamed of joy departed-
But a waking dream of life and light
Hath left me broken-hearted.
Ah! what is not a dream by day
To him whose eyes are cast
On things around him with a ray
Turned back upon the past?
That holy dream- that holy dream,
While all the world were chiding,
Hath cheered me as a lovely beam
A lonely spirit guiding.
What though that light, thro’ storm and night,
So trembled from afar-
What could there be more purely bright
In Truth’s day-star?
To see more from the very talented and warm souled Camille Seiler visit her website.
We all wear ourselves in our own way.
”My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed… And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.” -Saint Augustine
“None of them knew. Perhaps it was best not to know. Their ignorance gave them one more glad hour; and as it was to be their last hour on the island, let us rejoice that there were sixty glad minutes in it. They sang and danced in their night-gowns. Such a deliciously creepy song it was, in which they pretended to be frightened at their own shadows, little witting that so soon shadows would close in upon them, from whom they would shrink in real fear.” ― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Wendy
Photos by Sascha Haubold. http://www.heks.biz
Hair, Make Up & Masks by Fercho Ma Do
Photo by Peter Kaaden. http://www.peterkaaden.com
Hair and Make Up by Sarah Bleszynski.sarahbleszynskihairandmakeup.tumblr.com
Styling by Peninah Amanda. peninah.tumblr.com
Headpiece von Fleet Ilya, Body from DSTM
To view the fashion issue by VICE go to: http://www.vice.com/de/read/maskuline-0000670-v10n2?Contentpage=3
Photos taken from my phone
Photographs of me by Alexander Wätzel. (www.alexanderwaetzel.de)
Clothing by Gracy Q. (www.gracy-q-web.de)
Hair & Make Up by Susanne Gotthardt.
Deep in the night out at sea. She dreams in her cabin aboard her ship, letting memories twist like the warm winds through her mind. The ship’s swaying carries her gently across romantic aquatic landscapes of her soul. The cabin smells rich, of spice and tobacco and the essence of life at sea. The air is thick and mesmerizing. She dreams of the sun.
Her lanterns rock with the ship, its shifting shadows awaking the seafarer’s fantasy. She longs to dance in a desert, much like the sea she is on now. A desert where an ocean used to be, and where the coral grows wild like sage brush in the baking sands. She hears the hypnotic tempo of the desert spanning the distance between her and it and she longs for it like one longs for a lover.
But what use is longing, she thinks. I should not suffer for love of the desert when I am perfectly at home out at sea. Sounds of her crew seep in the space under her door and she senses their moving about. They sing quietly in the morning hours and speak amongst themselves of beaches which hold secrets, lands of beauty and long journeys past. They too long to be where they are not. Her cabin is swirling with smoke and salty mist. She dreams of the scent fresh roses.
The captain breathes in deeply. She is present as she feels the sun contemplating waking the sleeping world. The sweet perfume of her imagination melting with the fading night.
Her feet touch the ground. She speaks into the morning nothing, awakening and singing her oceanic song. Another lonely night in the captain’s quarters.
PHOTOGRAPHY by Malte Pietschmann (maltepietschmann.com)
HAIR & MAKE-UP by Theo Schnuerer @ Blossom Berlin (theoschnuerer.de)
STYLING by Miss Nicole @ Fraulein Kink (frauleinkink.com)
PHOTO-ASSISTANCE by Jonas Harmsen
This portrait, taken in 2009 and just refound, is a memoir of an old photo of myself at 16 years old, which I showed to Andrea.