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