Shana Shines Bright Like the Sun

Shana has been following me on Instagram for some time and whenever I posted a pic of a model in latex, she liked it. So when I dropped her a message asking if she wanted to come to my studio to work with me and pose in latex, her response was: “YES!”

I asked her if she would be ok to help me with my series of shoots on colored backgrounds and we decided on yellow.

Model Shana in Latex
Model Shana in Latex

We also set out to experiment some with that background, adding a 2nd color.

Model Shana in Latex
Model Shana in Latex

Daria Again

After a 10 year hiatus, I got reconnected with my very 1st model I ever worked with in early 2018. We promised not to wait another 10 year for the next shoot. And we kept that promise: I got to work with Daria for a 2nd time in 2018 and here’s a couple of results from that shoot.

Model Daria
Model Daria
Model Daria

Apollo 8, 50 Years Later

50 years ago today, the crew of Apollo 8 reached lunar orbit for the 1st time ever. Astronauts Frank Borman, William A. Anders and James A. Lovell Jr. became the 1st humans to fully escape earth’s gravity and enter the gravitation field of another celestial body. They also became the 1st humans to see the dark side of the moon with their own eyes. Their mission was an overwhelming success: they proved that mankind was ready to set foot on the moon. 7 months later, Neil A. Armstrong–commander of Apollo 11–would indeed become the 1st human to set foot on the moon.

In honor of the crew and the hundreds of engineers and technicians that worked to make Apollo 8 a success, I made this photo of #duckie a couple of years ago. I shot it in my photo studio at home, with very little help from Photoshop.

#duckie in Space

And if there was ever a better way to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, it would be in the words of the crew of Apollo 8 as they circle the moon on Christmas Eve 1968. I can not find a better way to wish all my friends happy holidays and all the best for 2019.

Light of Day 2018

The Belgian leg of the Light of Day tour, maybe the most important recurring event of the year. It is a concert where I get to listen to great music, where I get to meet all the artist and so many of my friends, and I always get to cover the show as a photographer. After all, I am the resident photographer there.

It is with great pleasure I share this little impression of the 2018 rendition of the Light of Day benefit concert in Belgium. All proceeds of the show go to research for a cure on Parkinson’s disease and A.L.S. So please remember to come out next year and party with us to support a good cause.

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Light of Day 2018

Working in the Coal Mine

Coal mines are a thing of the past in Belgium so I’m not really working in a coal mine of course. However, many of the coalmines’ buildings–especially those in Limburg–have been transformed into museums or cultural centers. They are open to the public, and some will even let photographers work there. Last summer, I took model Nanoe to the former coal mine of Winterslag, Genk for a photo shoot.

Here’s a few results of our work in the coal mine. btw: why don’t you head on over to Spotify or YouTube and listen to the Lee Dorsey’s hit Working in the Coal Mine while you’re enjoying the pics?

Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk
Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk
Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk
Model Nanoe in Latex at the C-Mine in Genk

Aurora Concert in Trix

Norwegian singer Aurora presented her 2nd album Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) to her audience in Belgium last weekend. I had the pleasure and the honor to cover her gig at Trix in Antwerp for FrontView Magazine. Here’s a couple of photos from Saturday’s concert. The full album is on FrontView Magazine’s website.

Aurora at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium

Aurora at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium

Aurora at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium

Aurora at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium

Aurora at Trix in Antwerp, Belgium

Orange Is The New Black

An orange backdrop, Black latex, raven black hair and confidence that will take you twice around the world are all the right ingredients for a series of fashion portraits of model Jolien that will make you go “Wauw!”. Jolien’s makeup was done by the lovely Beata and surely added to the final result.

These photos are just captivating and bring a whole new meaning to Orange Is The New Black.

Orange Is The New Black with Model Jolien in Shiny Latex

Orange Is The New Black with Model Jolien in Shiny Latex

Orange Is The New Black with Model Jolien in Shiny Latex

Colorful Backgrounds and Latex

From time to time I grow tired off shooting on white, grey or black backgrounds when working in my studio and then I go look for other possibilities. It turns out there are much more colors to life than just white, grey or black. All it takes is a big soft light, some shiny latex and the ever ravishing Shannety to turn my studio into a fiesta… And oh, maybe some orange and yellow backgrounds.

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Latex Swimwear by William Wilde

Model Shannety in Glitter and Latex

Model Shannety in Glitter and Latex

Low Country Boil

Low Country Boil, which is sometimes referred to as Frogmore Stew, is a simple seafood stew. It originates in Louisiana, somewhere along the banks of the Mississippi. It uses seafood that is found in abundance in the Mississippi delta: crawfish, crab, large shrimp. Traditionally, corn, potatoes and Andouille sausage are added. All ingredients that come quite cheap in that region of the US.

Some of the ingredients are not always easy to find in Belgium. Some might not be as cheap as in the US. Check your local food stores or supermarkets, and you will find most ingredients. I buy the crawfish, crab and shrimp at Makro: you can find both frozen and fresh seafood there. You’ll find Old Bay seasoning in American expat shops for sure. I buy mine at Graré in Antwerp.

Andouille sausage is very hard to come by, but I’ve found that Polish sausage comes close. So I substitute the Andouille sausage with Polish sausage I buy at Makro.

Low Country Boil

Method: (serves 6)

Remove the husks from the corn and chop each cob in to 6 pieces. Clean the potatoes and cut into bite size pieces; no need to peel them. Clean the onion and cut in to 6 wedges. Rinse the lemon with plenty of water to remove dirt and possible chemicals and cut into 6 wedges. Put the potatoes, corn, onion and lemon wedges in a large pot and cover with water. Season with 3tlsp of Old Bay, 1tlsp of cayenne pepper, 1tps of smoked paprika 2 bay leafs and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to the boil.

If you are using fresh seafood, add your fresh crab and fresh crawfish now.

Cut the sausages in bite size dice. About 20 minutes in to the boil, add the sausage. This would also be a good time to add your seafood if you are using precooked and frozen seafood. Make sure your seafood is completely defrosted before you add it. Cook for a further 10 minutes or until the potatoes and corn are done. Turn off the heat.

When you use fresh prawns or frozen but uncooked prawns, add them now. The residual heat will cook the prawns in a matter of minutes. The prawns are cooked when the are pink on the outside. I recommend to use fresh or frozen but uncooked prawns because precooked prawns get really chewy when you reheat them. If you’re using frozen prawns, let them defrost before adding them. When the prawns are cooked, you’re ready to serve.

Best way to serve it? On a large platter in the middle of the table so all your guest can dig in and share. A good beer and some fun stories with the dish will get a party stared for sure. But if it needs to be a bit posh, serve it in a bowl and top it will some spring onion and a parsley.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cobs of corn, husks removed
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 lemon
  • 1kg of little potatoes
  • 12 large shrimp
  • 1kg of crawfish
  • 6 crablegs
  • 3 sausages
  • 3tbsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1tps smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leafs
  • Salt & pepper
  • Spring onion (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)

80’s Flashback

Back in the 80’s–the 1980’s that is–aerobics was a thing. And aerobics fashion was hot: pastel & neon colors, high-cut leotards, leg warmers, … When I came across this outfit from Blacklickorish, I knew I just had to shoot it. And, guess what: both Shannety and Jolien look damn hot in it.

Jolien in Latex Swimwear by Blacklickorish

Shannety in Latex Swimwear by Blacklickorish

And when they’re side-by-side in the studio, they look like sisters, very cute sisters!

Shannety & Jolien in Latex Swimwear by Blacklickorish