Mime, a studio portrait

February 3, 2011 · 0 comments

Mime, studio portrait of. Photographer Stefan Tell

In my daily work as a portrait photographer in Stockholm, Sweden, I mostly take pictures of ordinary people without make-up. But not this day.

A Swedish stand-up comedian, Lasse Nilsen, who also is a mime (he went to Paris and learned from the best, he says) wanted me to take some portraits of him, all dressed up and face painted white. Who can turn down a photo session with a mime? Not me.

We met last year when I took some group photos of him together with two other comedians for a show they do as a trio.

His idea originally was to make a photo he could use for a poster, with him in full mime uniform, but with a twist. It involved a lot of Photoshopping and I will make that a separate post later.

This was the first time I got to use my new Profoto D1, and they feel instantly like a big step up from the Compacts I have been using for years now. The light setup involved one Profoto Magnum, one 5 foot Octa and two strip softboxes, but more on the diagram and details later.

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