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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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

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.

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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

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

 

Bigger Fatter Liar – KeyArt – Universal Pictures

Had the pleasure of photographing the movie poster for Universal Picture Entertainments “Bigger Fatter Liar” by Ron Oliver with Jodelle Ferland,  Barry Bostwick and Ricky Garcia. It’s the sequel to the 2002 hit “Big Fat Liar” starring Frankie Muniz and Paul Giamatti. We were lucky to get to shoot the gallery at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, Canada.

Kevin Shepard is a tech-savvy young genius who uses his intelligence to slack off. When greedy video game executive Larry Wolf gets a hold of his ideas for a video game, Kevin and his best friend Becca set off for San Francisco to make Wolf’s life miserable through a series of pranks. – IMDB

Bigger Fatter Liar - Key Art - Photography by Jens Kristian Balle
Bigger Fatter Liar – Key Art – Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

Editorial Assignment – Cover Shoot for ROB Magazine

I photographed the cover story for Report On Business Magazine a while back for their article about the messy takeover of Safeway by Sobeys. It was a pretty interesting assignment to photograph, I got to combine both my conceptual studio still life with my more eerie fine art work such as the the series Deserted and Silence.

The cover was also nominated for best magazine cover at the Magazines Awards by the Canadian National Media Awards Foundation.

ROB Magazine - When Sobeys Met Safeway Cover Story. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle
ROB Magazine – When Sobeys Met Safeway Cover Story. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle
ROB Magazine - When Sobeys Met Safeway Cover Story. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle
ROB Magazine – When Sobeys Met Safeway Cover Story. Photography by Jens Kristian Balle

 

Editorial Assignment – Laurent Potdevin, CEO of Lululemon for The Wall Street Journal

It’s time to get some updates up on the blog again. I have been neglecting it for the last few months as it has been a very busy time.

I’ll start of with posting this guy, his name is Laurent Potdevin and he is the CEO of Lululemon, I photographed him earlier this year for The Wall Street Journal and the article was published over the summer. Since then I have actually been back at Lululemon twice, photographing him for both Forbes Magazine and Canadian Business. He is a popular man!

Editorial Photography - Wall Street Journal - Laurent Potdevin - Lululemon
Editorial Photography – Wall Street Journal – Laurent Potdevin – Lululemon

Applied Arts 2016 Photography Award – Something Fishy

I’m pleased to announce that my Something Fishy piece that I recently shared with you just won at the 2016 Applied Arts Photography Awards in the “Portrait Photography – Single” category. If you have a chance make sure you grab a copy of the magazine or check out the other winners at their website as there is a lot of great work there.

In the past I have won with this piece HERE as well.

2016 Applied Arts Photography Awards Winner - Jens Kristian Balle
2016 Applied Arts Photography Awards Winner – Jens Kristian Balle
2016 Applied Arts Photography Awards Winner - Jens Kristian Balle
2016 Applied Arts Photography Awards Winner – Jens Kristian Balle