Studio Bernstorff is the creative and design studio of Lucie Award winning photographer and creative director Axel Bernstorff.
Axel Bernstorffs career ranges from fashion features for Vogue, How To Spend It of the Financial Times, Haute Couture for Town&Country, (NY), portrait sessions with Vanity Fair in Bollywood, sittings with Vivienne Westwood, Amitabh Bachchan, Alexander McQueen, and many others. Its latitude and interest extends from a C18th costume drama project in a Palladian mansion in Ireland, to Maori mataora 'tattoo' in New Zealand, it has been busy, and exciting.
But in the calmness of a daylight studio, there is a meeting of all the elements, inspirations, experiences, where fashion meets portraiture, where imperfect becomes perfection, where museum and gallery visits twenty years previously meets a wild growing calum lily.
The collection of images here are the result of an organically developed and developing process, which began pre art school.
When you imagine anything organic as being unique, the photograph becomes a portrait, every subtle colour and tonal change, nuance, structure, texture, expression, beautiful model, weathered old man, fading peony, erupting rose, every narrative has strength and allure.
The range of use, application and presentation is significantly wide, and we are slowly building towards extending this range beyond limited edition prints.
Many, though by no means all these flowers are sourced from the wild. Some are of course, ordered and patiently awaited. They might be set up immediately in the studio, and photographed just as they are, or timing might not be just right, and we will watch them over the following days. The process is quite fluid, organic, and the more we witness the life cycle of flowers, either growing or cut, the more we see human'esque evolutions, and in that an abundantly wide latitude of age and beauty.
Nearly every photograph anywhere in the world is retouched to one degree or another.
Studio Bernstorff retouches flowers in the same way, to the same degree as Axel's human portraits are, that is, to an absolute minimalistic degree.
. . . . . serious work