Beate worked with British Vogue to capture these stunning visuals for an article focussed on the repurposing of beauty products after their use.
Sustainability has been tricky territory, even with the growing natural beauty revolution. The cosmetic industry continues to produce 120 billion units of packaging per year. The series was commissioned to inspire new uses for beauty products people possess, from old compacts for storage, through to candle holders becoming tumblers or a miniature vase, Beate gives the series her distinct style.
Beate traveled to the Southern tip of Corsica to create these sun soaked visuals for Armani.
The whole shoot took place from the front deck of a yacht moored off shore. Despite stormy seas and Dior bottles slipping around more than silk on skin, everything was captured on location – quite a feat!
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“The challenges were the overall condition of the weather because it was very windy any reflectors and cards had to be handheld otherwise they would have been blown out to sea!”
The dream-like quality surrounding these images is based on that of Sandro Botticelli’s painting titled ‘The Spring’.
Models and product were captured in the studio using vast diffusers to caress the skin and highlight the shoes form.
Peter was commissioned by Gala for a series of images to accompany an article on the trending use of animal essences in perfume.
To embody the rich and musky smells, Peter and his team designed a small set and layered it with cut leather strips of different colours. The colour combinations were picked to compliment the perfume notes & colouring.
Using mirrors, perspex, and sculptural reliefs, Beate Sonnenberg continues her exploration with ‘Four Elements’, how light interacts with different surfaces and materials through the processes of refraction and reflection-. “I experiment with perspective, illusion and the configuration of geometric forms. I aim to question how we look and perceive, and how space can be used, appropriated and revealed.”
Beate takes much of the inspiration for these projects from the natural world, in the form of shapes, patterns, and textures. Beate says “Four Elements moves away from the calculated geometric precision of previous projects to explore the formalistic qualities of irregular, organic forms. Using digital projections depicting fire, earth, water, and earth, I have projected two-dimensional images onto an architectural arrangement of white blocks and mirror shards. By twisting and turning the sculptural reliefs into alternate configurations, the elemental qualities of each image are portrayed in different ways. Requiring very little post-production and an economy of the medium, mundane materials are transformed into curious and beautiful images through light and fragmented image.”
Unsurprisingly, a diamond was the seed for the series. The strongest and purest material known to man – A diamond in itself symbolises each of the four elements. “I wanted to use glass to replicate its cubic crystal structure and the magical way it disperses light into multifaceted perspectives. The sculpting of each still life reflects how diamonds are cut, shaped and transformed into desirable objects”
“My work is propelled by the drive to investigate the objects, shapes, and patterns that surround my everyday life. Whilst the aesthetic and conceptual discoveries I make are flavored by my past, my personality and my emotional responses to the world, I hope that my work can be open to interpretation to anyone, inspiring surprise, contemplation, and positivity.”
Tommy Hilfiger commissioned Beate Sonnenberg to photograph a new range of products from their European HQ.
Beate created a beautiful gif. to bring out the colorful and jazzy designs from the off-white background.
The Sunday Times Style asked Beate Sonnenberg to photograph the newest hair range from Sisley.
With the new product being all about ‘Health & Hair’, Beate created a futuristic/medical look reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Beate’s latest personal project explores surface tension. The balance between liquid and solid merging.
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“I was exploring how the combination of different liquids, textures and powders can create suspended/abstract moments in time:
Much like how a water-boatman walks on water. There is a fine line between the surface tension and that of the water droplets breaking.”
Beate photographed ‘Michelle & Trinny’ for Sunday Times.
For both images, the team decided to hint at the colourful tones. This has been achieved through mirrors & light, the packaging is even worked in as a structural element to the scene.
Beate shot this Christmas Gift set for the historic December 2017 issue of British Vogue.
This month Vogue relaunches itself with Editor ‘Edward Emminful’ leading the charge.