Christina Heurig

images · art direction · set design

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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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!

More images in the article.

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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.

You’ll find more portraits (and making of material) in the full article.

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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.

Background and more images in the full article.

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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).

More images in the full article.

 

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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.

More images in the article.

 

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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.

Read more about the creation process in full article.

 

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The Heartmill Lands: Making of Pt. 2

The creation process of my miniature landscapes:

The iconic image of the Heartmill became the center of my fictional universe. How it was created, inspirations and more images in full article.

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The Heartmill Lands: Making of Pt. 1

In 2014 I started creating miniature landscapes with photography and everyday-objects.

01 The Explorer

This beautiful landscape is made of everyday objects:

This was the creation process that triggered my career in set design.

How? Read more in full article.

 

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The poet in a one-frame tale. Retrospective 2013

How I started to create cinematic portraits.

The poor poet

2013 I created my first highly detailed, cinematic portrait. A style I use often since then and never chases to fascinate me.

Here’s what happened back then.

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