Author Archives: Jens Kristian Balle

Vancouver commercial, advertising and editorial photographer.

New Work – Duck Tape 🦆 📼

New piece, hard light, punny and clean… hope you enjoy.

Duct tape, also referred to as duck tape, is cloth- or scrim-backed pressure-sensitive tape, often coated with polyethylene. There are a variety of constructions using different backings and adhesives. One variation is black gaffer tape, which is designed to be non-reflective and cleanly removed, unlike standard duct tape. Another variation is heat-resistant foil (not cloth) duct tape useful for sealing heating and cooling ducts, produced because standard duct tape fails quickly when used on heating ducts. Duct tape is generally silvery gray, but also available in other colors and even printed designs.

During World War II, Revolite (then a division of Johnson & Johnson) developed an adhesive tape made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing. This tape resisted water and was used as sealing tape on some ammunition cases during that period.

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Duck Tape by Jens Kristian Balle, Vancouver Conceptual and Commercial Photographer

Duck Tape by Jens Kristian Balle

Turns out it’s not the easiest to source out VHS tapes anymore, where did time go?:)

For similar work, check of my pink series that won earlier this year at the Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards here.

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New Work – E1 – iPhoneography

Just wanted to share these few snaps from my iPhone, after all – “The Best Camera is the One You Have With You”… or so they say, not sure how these would hold up in larger prints;)

Enjoy

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

From the series E. By Jens Kristian Balle

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Applied Arts 2018 Photography Award Winner

I’m happy to announce that I won at this years Applied Art Photography & Illustrations Awards with my Melons, Sweet Heart and Fish Tale pieces. I won in the “Still Life – Series” category. If you get the chance make sure you grab a copy of the magazine or check out the other winners on their website as there is a lot of great work there.

Last time I won with my “Something Fishy” image. I guess I better shoot next years entry on pink as well.

 

Jens Kristian Balle - Conceptual Photography - Sweet Heart

Jens Kristian Balle – Conceptual Photography – Sweet Heart

Jens Kristian Balle - Conceptual Photography - Melons

Jens Kristian Balle – Conceptual Photography – Melons

Jens Kristian Balle - Conceptual Photography - Fish Tale

Jens Kristian Balle – Conceptual Photography – Fish Tale

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New Work – Signal

A signal as referred to in communication systems, signal processing, and electrical engineering is a function that “conveys information about the behavior or attributes of some phenomenon”. In the physical world, any quantity exhibiting variation in time or variation in space (such as an image) is potentially a signal that might provide information on the status of a physical system, or convey a message between observers, among other possibilities.

 

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

Signal by Jens Kristian Balle

 

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New Personal Work – Pink

Happy to share these 3 new conceptual still life pieces. Heads up – they are a bit punny. Besides the humour this was a fun project where I got to play with some harder shadows for once, I’m quite a fan and have a few more similar ones in the works. Also there will be some great news about this series soon so keep an eye out;)

Jens Kristian Balle - Conceptual Photography - Fish Tale

Jens Kristian Balle – Conceptual Photography – Fish Tale

Fish Tale

An improbable, boastful tale, as in He came up with some fish tale about his winnings at the track. This expression alludes to the tendency of fishermen to exaggerate the size of their catch.

The American Heritage Dictionary.

Jens Kristian Balle - Conceptual Photography - Melons

Jens Kristian Balle – Conceptual Photography – Melons

Jens Kristian Balle - Conceptual Photography - Sweet Heart

Jens Kristian Balle – Conceptual Photography – Sweet Heart

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Promotional Work for Speakeasy Theatre

It’s been a little quiet on the blog here but I’m gonna try an catch up with some work over the next little while. First I want to share a promotional series I photographed for Speakeasy Theatres sold old show The Shipment directed by Kayvon Khoshkam and Omari Newton.

Featuring: Chris Francisque, Kiomi Pyke, Adrian Neblett, Andrew Creightney and Omari Newton

 

The New York Times says “Cultural images of black America are tweaked, pulled and twisted like Silly Putty in “The Shipment,” a subversive, seriously funny new theater piece”. Theatre Mania calls The Shipment “An insightful piece about black identity politics that is daring, provocative, and very, very funny.”

Biting satire at its very best, The Shipment is a subversive modern minstrel show about Black identity meant to wake the world to the ridiculous narratives in dominant media. Five Black actors play a roster of characters that reads like a bad b-list of Black iconography: Video Ho, Crackhead John, Bad Cop, Standup Comedian, Drug Dealer Mama, Grandma from Heaven, and Record Company Executive, to name just a few. The brazen mash-up of these stereotypes with clichés, distortions, and brilliant sleights of hand all force us to go beyond the lampoon and shift the lens through which we perceive race in order to confront our own bias.

speakeasytheatre.ca

Andrew Creightney - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Andrew Creightney – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Omari Newton - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Omari Newton – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Kiomi Pyke - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Kiomi Pyke – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Chris Francisque - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Chris Francisque – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

Adrian Neblett - The Shipment - Speakeasy Theatre - Promotional Photography

Adrian Neblett – The Shipment – Speakeasy Theatre – Promotional Photography

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Cop & A Half 2 – KeyArt – Universal Pictures

Photographed the key art for Universal Pictures Cop And A Half: New Recruit, it was a fun day working with the legendary Lou Diamond Phillips and the up-and-coming star Lulu Wilson. New Recruit is a sequel to the 1993 Cop and a Half with Burt Reynolds and Ruby Dee.

Grizzled veteran detective Mark Simmons (Lou Diamond Phillips) can’t seem to catch the “Badge Bandit” – the city’s serial prankster who’s causing mischief and embarrassing the police. Karina Foley (Lulu Wilson) is a spunky 12-year-old who dreams of being a cop. She stumbles on Simmons’ stakeout where she proves she’s got serious detective skills and tech-savvy smarts. While Simmons wants to ignore Karina, the police captain does the unthinkable and teams them up. While on their mission to stop the “Badge Bandit,” the unlikely duo goes on a hilarious, action-filled adventure!

As always it was a pleasure working alongside the local film folks. We shot the gallery out in Maple Ridge at The Ridge Studios.

Cop & A Half: New Recruit, Keyart, Universal Home Entertainment

Cop & A Half: New Recruit, Keyart, Universal Home Entertainment

 

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Personal Work – TV

As you may know I have created a few more pieces that goes along with the concepts of my older Temptations series. Previously I’ve shared the pieces Gold  and Bacon. If you missed them you can check them out HERE and HERE.

temp·ta·tion
tem(p)ˈtāSHən/
noun
1. a desire to do something, esp. something wrong or unwise.

The one I’m sharing with you today is titled TV… for obvious reasons. This was also the first time I played with this background colour, quite like how it turned out. Enjoy!

Jens Kristian Balle - Temptations Part II - TV - Conceptual still life photography

Jens Kristian Balle – Temptations Part II – TV – Conceptual still life photography

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