The "Sea of Tranquility project was initiated and directed by Kimberly Lloyd at Qompendium
in collaboration with iconic Jeans brand Lee for the Qompendium Print Publication Volume 1
.. Kimberly really challanged me with her vision of this project and there was a flurry of emails going back and forth leading up to the start of this project. I had been totally blown away by the beauty of Michael Hansmeyer's 3D work
and early on in this project I knew I had to get "outside help with this project and I was thrilled when he accepted. Michael was kind enough to teach me the very basics of the 3-D lighting & rendering engine Maxwell
which I applied to some models that Michael created exclusivly for this project.
The mix of the sinister, viral-looking, organic-ness of his 3D models and the technological aspect of the rendering process
was very appealing to me and I spent countless hours marveling over this to me completely new 3-D world. Early on in the rendering process I was struck by the calmness and feeling of tranquility in this for me absolute new way of making images, this rendering...
I now realize how completely ignorant I was accepting this assignment, but maybe ignorance is bliss...
The absolute purity of the finished structures, gently floating over the cluods in some sort of primordal pre-historic world, guided us into a smooth look for the fashion shooting, and I became very thrilled about the opportunity to try something "commercial looking"
Because of logistics and workflow issues we had to shoot the fashion after rendering the 3-D models.
That meant the lighting in the fashion images had to follow the lighting from the rendering in Maxwell.
Knowing that, we carefully orchestrated the shoot, letting the 4 different lighting situations determine the order of the shooting.
Dawn, sunrise, morning and noon...