Featured art from @hugh_kretschmer - 👉 Follow @XANDOart for more art. Support your favorite artists 💕💕 " Imposter: " From a shoot for @esquire Magazine and a story on an identity thief. The main idea was pretty straightforward, and the solution fairly simple. Making sure we adhered the sensibilities of the story to the characters was a bit more challenging. We wanted a midwestern feel, as that is where the story took place, and found these two character actors who we styled to greater enhance that feeling. The female's natural collecting direct the rest of the color pallet, and made sure her male counterpart had a scruffy beard and sinister look. The shoot happened in two parts, starting with the female, photographing her with 4x5 on Kodak Portra film. The lighting on her had to be planned around the second part of the shoot when the print of her image would be photographed. It had to come from the side on her in order to avoid reflections on the print when using the same lighting. Type "C" prints were made large enough to scale with male character's face. (We had him measure his face for us ahead of time in order to make the right sized print- 30x40 inches. The print was the overlaid with velum paper and the facial opening was drawn in pencil. It was taped to the print, and the contour cut with an X-acto blade. It has to be cut in a free form style to make it look natural, and took a few tries to get right. Once that was done, the print was backed with foamcore for stiffness and flatness. (It is important to have the print as flat as possible to avoid distortion when re-photographing it.) A few days later, the second part of the shoot took place. We just had the male model stand behind the print and push his face through. The challenge there was to direct him to have him not LOOK like he was pushing his face forward. To do that, he had to lean his forehead forward and drop his chin a bit. We used Fuji RDP film that was then scanned and color corrected.