Christina Heurig

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Art exhibition opening 1.5.2019 “Der Sandmann” – experience room in E.T.A. Hoffmann museum Bamberg

My art direction project “Der Sandmann” (www.sköne-oke.de) opens a new chapter: I opened my experience exhibition on 4th of May 2019 in the E.T.A. Hoffmann Museum Bamberg (Hoffmann’s original house).

The exhibition contains an interactive “writing room” of Hoffmann’s main character from his story ‘Der Sandmann’.

You can touch & browse through everything and feel Hoffmann’s dark, wicked spirit.

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Making of: Producing a copy of the art book “Der Sandmann”

My art books “Der Sandmann” from 2017 (inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmanns wicked story) require a lot of work before they are sold.
Each copy is partly printed, partly handmade. Limited edition of 150.
If you want to know more about the project: www.sköne-oke.de/en

Here’s an insight on how the physical production of a copy looks like.

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Lover tales: Art book – Self portraiture photography

Personal photography: an artbook about lovers.
Self portaiture and poems.

During the last 4 years my partner allowed me to include him in my self portraiture, which lead to a variety of psychedelic and cinematatic portraits illustrating  ‘us’ in an eerie, romantic and sometimes surreal manner.

Take a look inside here:

 

 

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Johannes & Annegret: “Hänsel & Gretel” (Cinematic portraits)

Johannes (Hänsel) & Annegret (Gretel) are getting married and asked me to create a couple portrait for their wedding invitation.

As their nicknames suggest, we reenacted the fantasy movie “Hansel & Gretel” (2013), : two siblings make witch-hunting their glorious (and very effective) profession. Whatever dark forces await them, together, they are ready for battle (and their wedding)!

 

 

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Ava & Julian – Eternity was made for us (Vampire Portrait Shoot)

“Our last dawn. It made us feel endless, powerless, bodyless; – and bound us together in an everlasting, wicked knot of play and wonder.”

Last December I met Ava & her boyfriend Julian from Norway: A magical couple, made from velvet and eerie tenderness. 

We captured their real-life relationship in cinematic vampire portraits.
My heart still bleeds with joy!

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Self portraits: The Christmas Wonderland Trinity

Detailed self portraits celebrate the spirit of Christmas: Alice in Wonderland meets the Nutcracker. (A fictional family portrait)

This year, I felt the heartbreaking urge to drown myself in a kitschy fairytale-and-all-cliche christmas mood: heavy red-golden brokat ornaments, oceans of candles and my favorite christmas fairytales… to stand my ground (again).

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Commission: Cinematic Action Portraits in Switzerland

I portrayed Christine, Tony and Jasmin as action movie heroes for a fictional movie poster. Nidwalden (Switzerland), August 2018.

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Commission: Cinematic action shoot – post production

For the final images a lot of post production was necessary.

A closer look onto the process in the full article.

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Nightly Visitors: experimental scans

Something wicked this way comes!

I dragged my taxidermied animals over my flat bet scanner, while it was scanning. The result are some funky fun-images of nightmarish monsters.

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Autumn memories portrait: post process

Some shoots don’t end up ‘right’ on location. You have to make the magic happen in Photoshop. I got it ‘right’ 4 years later.

Here’s how I created an epic ‘fairytale’ panorama:

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Experimental doll portraits: Olimpia’s ball

Inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story “The Sandmann”: A mad man falls in love with a lifelike doll at a ball. This is what he might have seen.

Shot in the process of creating the art books ‘The notebooks of N.’ (Der Sandmann).

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Bumpy roads and personal success (Retroperspective 2011 – 2016)

The road to happiness is bumpy, but I built myself a rocket and am now aiming for the lucky star!

I gave up my waiting spot in the ‘how can I make it happen?’ help desk line.

Since 2011 I’ve been busy with studying, internships in advertising agencies and in the film set production sector. I traveled a lot through European cities and soaked myself with culture in Berlin. Developed my portfolio every waking second.

I went through heaven and hell, a lot of times. For years I felt like I can’t accomplish anything and like I can’t belong to anyone (creatively speaking). Until I stumbled upon the right mentors to establish my visual voice.

Point is: you can make it, if you start to believe in yourself.

Here’s how I did it.

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Portrait commission: The fragile witch (Maike Boysen)

Witchcraft & sensibility: Maike Boysen bewitches the heart

Portrait commission, Berlin, Juli 2016.

I visited with Maike a hidden heathland on the outskirts of Berlin. Maike catched my eye a few years back and her beauty, fragile attitude and mystery just makes me dizzy.

I brought some props and she bewitched me with them.

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Private portrait session: Faunus by the lake

A private, spontaneous portrait session in July brings out summer’s fragile glow.

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The hallway to Wonderland (BTS)

Miniature photography, checkerboard mystery and the pleasure of bending reality

Photography is based on reality – and all a photographer can work with is a ‘real‘ objects. But you can still try to awake a different kind of… reality.

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