Photoshop, some people love it, others are against it. Personally, I think Photoshop is an essential part of photography by making that one picture perfect. I am not saying that perfection is an absolute must but if you are making something magical it can be your key to perfection and imagination. So in my case perfection means bringing to life the image I saw in my head when I took the picture and how I wanted it to be.
This started -just like my trees- all with an experiment, and one of my best friends, Silvia. In the periode I made the first picture of this series, I wanted to do some more creative photographic things. I already let my creativity burst in my makeup work, but as far as photography and photoshop, this was still unknown territory for me.
A project I did together with another wonderful makeup artist, Lieve Humbeeck. My colleague, companion, friend and second mother. Someone who was there from the start, helped me out many times and backed me up, also when I was at my worst. For those of you who don't know me in person: when you see me I'm quiet but when you know me, I'm a really social person, and even though I do a lot on my own, somethimes I really need those moments where I get to work together with other creative souls, to create bigger and better things.
A while ago, the same director that I worked with for the -son of cain- video for Diablo blvd., Jelle Boucher, asked me to do makeup for the metalband Aborted for their upcoming music video. The budget was pretty small, and since they asked me very last minute, I had to be creative with the few things I had. But because the assignment was really a challenge for me, and the makeup wasn’t just a regular makeup, I was up for the job. First of all, I had to make a person look like he was skinned, from head to toe. Second of all, I only got 3 hours, to do this, completely!