Vancouver commercial photographer, advertising photographer and editorial photographer. Jens Kristian Balle // Photographer. Jens tells stories and brings ideas to life using humor, strong characters and excellent lighting and composition skills
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.
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;)
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.
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.
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.
The seriesRemainsportrays a handful ofWorld War IIbunkers located on the Danish West Coast in theOksbøl Military Firing Rangeclose toBlåvandshug. The firing range is the largest of its kind in Denmark. The bunkers were part of theNaziregimesAtlantic Wall,stretching along the coast fromNorwayin the North, all the way to the Spanish border in the South. Close to 5000 kilometres of concrete fortifications and other defensive measures. The bunkers exhibited in this series were all originally built in the sand dunes but are now, after decades of erosion and exposure to the elements, slowly being swallowed up by theAtlantic Ocean. It is unknown how long these relics will remain. For now they still stand as a strong reminder of the past.
Finally got around to share some new work, the piece is called Something Fishy and it’s an addition to my ongoing series of conceptual portraits. The image is featuring the great and talented Nancy von Euw and a slightly less cooperative member of the cephalopods family… Hope you enjoy.
I’m happy to share this new work with you!! It’s a series of four gentlemen not quite getting their – wardrobe, I suppose – right. This was a great conceptual project to work on… but also a little long as I originally only photographed Carl(the guy with the red tie) and intended to leave it at that… It was only later, while brainstorming for a different shoot, that I realized it could be turned into an interesting little mini series.
You might also recognize a few of these faces(which btw, all belong to some great actors here in Vancouver) as I earlier have shared some closeup portraits of them. The series was also recently featured over on Wonderful Machine.