In memory of Rob Gonsalves ❤

A few weeks ago I learned that Rob Gonsalves passed away last year (sadly by suicide) and I just wanted to write a few lines about him and his importance to my own work. Robert Gonsalves (July 10, 1959 – June 14, 2017) was a Canadian painter of magic realism (surrealism). He produced original works, limited edition prints and illustrations for his own books.

I have always found a lot of inspiration in illustrated children books. I remember seeing Rob's work many years ago, even before I discovered photography and my own style. It was a spark, I loved to lose myself in his work and I loved the surreal transitions between the different worlds he created. I wanted to do that as well.

It's very sad that he left us so early and I think that he deserved more frame and recognition. To me he will always be among my biggest inspirations. Rest in peace Rob.

Rob's sister wrote this tribute about him: [LINK]

All Above the Sky - Behind the Scenes

All Above the Sky is a project that I wanted to realize for a long time but it was not until the summer of 2017 that I decided to start working on it. I finally found the location I was looking for by the lake "Vänern" in Sweden, more exactly here: "58°40'05.5"N 13°29'31.6"E". It was a calm late summer evening as the rain was sweeping by in the horizon. I used a Profoto 7b 1200ws with a magnum Reflector to light the rocks from the left and then later shot the model in the same light in the water. Shot and filmed on Hasselblad H6D-50c with the 50mm II. See the process in the video below: