If you've been paying attention you'll have noticed that our last two images for Korda Marshall were thematically linked, featuring a figure clad in a reflective spacesuit (or is it an earthsuit?) and matching mirror helmet. This is a journey that continues on their third single 'Yeah Yeah'. As usual we interrogated the band and they helpfully explained: "it's about being in a relationship where you can't breathe. The guy is really possessive of the girl and smothers her. She starts to see what life would be like without him and realises that the city (the world) is a big place."
So we decided that this time an urban setting could work well, and that shooting at twilight could be a good metaphor for the shift from one mental state to another, as suggested in the song. And so Dan made an evening cycle tour of his current home city, Berlin, armed with a camera and a silver Christmas bauble on a stick, taking test shots and looking, well, rather suspicious. Dan and Peter especially liked a shot taken in an underground passage at Alexanderplatz station, the way the spherical bauble reflected the geometric lines of the corridor worked surprisingly well, a satisfying contrast.
Unfortunately the suit was still in London, not Berlin, so Dan sent instructions for Rupert and Lee to head in the direction of London's Barbican, a notorious 60s modernist concrete labyrinth, accompanied by a waitress we know who agreed to be our model for the evening. Shooting on-the-hoof and in low light can be restrictive, especially when you're "in the wild" and at the mercy of passing lunatics, officials and curious old ladies, but this spontaneity yielded some great results. The shot we chose showed our reflectonaut emerging from an underpass, with the darkening city skyline mirrored very neatly at the centre of the globe. Not unlike a gigantic staring eyeball. Eye eye!