Twin Earth, Christian Bohnenkamp.
Carnival Magazine talks to Germany based fashion photographer Christian Bohnenkamp about his featured editorial Twin Earth. The editorial showcases ballet costumes designed by Rosa Ana Chanza for the production “Full Moon No Constancy“ choreographed by Xin Peng Wang for Dortmund ballet.
“Christian Bohnenkamp started his career as a professional photographer in 2010 specializing in people photography, fashion, portrait, corporate communications but also dance photography. In his fashion images he likes to create situations and events that give the viewer the impression to be part of something taking place in front of his eyes that is unlikely to happen but still possible to think up. He favours a hyper-realistic style combined with theatrical settings.”
Tell us about yourself.
I don't like hobbies, it's always like having a model railway. You don't actually transport anything. I like doing things that lead to something. You could say I now earn a living with my former hobby but I always took photos for a greater purpose than just taking photos. So basically I was sort of a professional photographer from day one - just without any clients.
Tell us about your work.
It's my full time profession and I take photos of people. But I probably would shoot steam-rollers if people paid me enough. You have to do the steam-rollers to pay for the time you spend with models that weigh less. It seems like a great idea to have a "definitive style" or at least pretend to have one cause people just won't stop asking about it. I also heard a definitive hair cut would be a great idea. Do you know Sascha Lobo? Worked great for him. Funny thing is the Urban Dictionary says "definitive isn't defined".
What do you love about photography?
You don't work for other people's fame. You also can go everywhere, talk to everybody and don't need to care about hierarchy. You can tell everyone what to do as long as you can find a reason why this is necessary for the picture.
Which photographers inspire your practice?
I would say... none. Not really. If you point a gun at my head I could name maybe ten world famous photographers. Which isn't much I guess. Maybe some inspire me and I don't know.
Tell us about the featured photography, Twin Earth.
The idea behind “Twin Earth“ is the imagination of new life on a second earth-like and abandoned planet and a group of new arrivals. The scene shows a vast and empty landscape with ancient remains of a long gone civilization. The editorial features ballet costumes designed by Rosa Ana Chanza for the production “Full Moon No Constancy“ choreographed by Xin Peng Wang for Dortmund ballet.
Rosa Ana Chanza was born in Valencia, Spain and started dance training and ballet school in her early youth. She has since built a career as a professional dancer and after many successful years as a soloist in several dance companies in Spain, the Netherlands and Germany she has retired as a dancer in 2012 to fulfil another ambition. Since then she has been a costume designer for ballet productions at theatres all over Germany.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Christian Bohnenkamp
COSTUMES / Rosa Ana Chanza | www.rosaana.com
MUA / Emma-Jane Pickering
ASSISSTANT / Ludmilla Bromberg
HAIR STYLING / Pierre Heinemann
MODELS / Alina Ohlig @Showcast, Alisa Efremova @No Toys, Jenny Braun @SMC, Richard-Salvador Wolff @Folkwang University of the Arts
See more of Christians's work in Carnival Magazine Issue 02 and on his portfolio website.