APERTURE: F/6,8

SHUTTER SPEED: 1/180 SEC
CAMERA: HASSELBLAD X1D-50C
FOCAL LENGTH:90MM (XCD 3,2/90)
© FRÉDÉRIC BASTIN

WEEKLY WINNER

Frédéric Bastin

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

What made you become the photographer you are today?

Being critical about my images, passion, motivation, and work – really hard work. 

What does the X System camera do for your photography?

Besides the fact it's small and user-friendly, the Hasselblad X1D-50c is an extremely intuitive camera – not too many buttons or settings. I could define my Hasselblad as a simple, sophisticated camera. I love the natural colour range of the X System camera. It delivers incredible raw files with a lot of depth and details.

Tell us the story behind how you created your image.

Mostly it's teamwork with the stylist, makeup artist and the hairdresser. They know that I like to shoot new faces in the fashion industry – the uncommon beauty. I'm at war with the obvious. As soon as I find a new interesting model, I submit a project and we work on it together. Last summer when the model, Heloise, entered the studio, she had this vivid, transparent skin full of freckles. My makeup artist had the brilliant idea to reveal and accentuate her personality with black vinyl dots – something organic, like a second skin with a high contrast of black and white. I wanted to shoot this portrait with an extremely soft light, a mix of daylight and flash to capture this alternative beauty. That's how I describe her identity.

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