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
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.
Had the pleasure of having the Vancouver-based electronic duo Young Bombs in the studio to update some publicity material. They have already released a string of popular remixes and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. Make sure to check them out on Soundcloud and give their Instagram/Snap Stories (youngbombs) a try as well( they’re pretty funny!).
This was my second time photographing them. It’s great having them in the studio as they’re always up for some experimenting.
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.