with Claudia Thompson of Balistarz photographed by Lennart Bader at Boho Bali.
“I guess every photographer or creative person knows the feeling of an undescribable desire that lies somewhere deep inside you. A desire to create something that you feel you have an idea about, but you can’t really grab its essence and put it into words, can’t write a story about it and can’t even imagine the visions properly. A desire to realize and implement something that is yours, that you did for yourself. It feels like a goal that you always know you can and will achieve someday, but you just don’t know what it is yet.
I realized that I might have fulfilled one of these vague desires when I was sifting through the shots of this series with Claudia. Again, it’s difficult to explain, but I realized that I wanted to shoot exactly these pictures in this kind of scenery and give them this precise look for a long time.
I am not able to explain why this came up now. I guess letting most parts of my life behind and moving to Bali, while not focusing a hundred percent on photography anymore and shooting on as many occasions as I can, wasn’t the worst thing to do.
To me, these pictures have a touch of gold. They give me a feeling of intimacy, heat and sweat, thick air with warm breezes and cold bedsheets.
You will find influences of some (mainly US) film photographers in them aswell a bit of a retro vibe thanks to Claudia and her amazing performance. A feeling of closeness while appearing so untouchableat the same time. The playful and enchanted atmosphere at Boho Bali did the rest.
Finishing up the series and writing these words, I can´t ignore a hunger inside me to create more. It seems there are still desires to be fulfilled. So here we go again…”
Photographer: Lennart Bader
Model: Claudia Thompson
Location: Boho Bali