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
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
Catching up on some older work I haven’t shared yet.
Last year I had the pleasure of creating some conceptual portraits of Lorne Craig. Lorne has been creating advertising, marketing and communications work for 20+ year. For the last 10 years with Unicycle Creative were he is the Creative Director and owner. He has a big focus on working with brands that share his vision on sustainability and balance.
… and yes, Lorne is pretty sharp on a unicycle as well!! Enjoy the images below.
I had the pleasure of visiting Lululemon again after having photographed an editorial portrait of their CEO Laurent Potdevin for The Wall Street Journal earlier. This time it was for a feature in Canadian Business Magazine.
We got to photograph Laurent in his office at the Lululemon headquarters in Vancouver. We did a wide environmental portrait and used a 4ft seamless behind the subject to separate and frame him. This was a request from the photo editor as this has been a concept and theme they have used in multiple editions of the magazine for these kind of features. We had a quick scout before the shoot day to find the best spot and which seamless colour would work for the concept and location. For lighting we used a 3ft octabank as key light and a shoot through umbrella as fill and flood light. I think it all turned out well.
A former president of Burton Snowboards and Toms Shoes, Laurent Potdevin joined Lululemon Athletica
in January 2014 with a mission to put product quality and image stumbles behind the clothing retailer. Today, one can only conclude he has succeeded: Sales should surpass US$2 billion this year, aided by overseas expansion and
a healthy 4% growth in comparable store sales, and the stock is once again testing its all-time highs. Born in Switzerland, Potdevin holds both an MBA and a master’s degree in engineering.
Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House is a 2016 horror comedy fantasy film directed by Ron Oliver and the sequel to Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? (2014). The film is based on the third book of the same name by R. L. Stine and the third installment of the Mostly Ghostly film series.
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!