Some days ago I stumbled on the webpages of the upcoming Zoolander 2 movie. I have seen the first Zoolander movie many times and immediately I was hit by an idea: What if I organized a photoshoot to celebrate the one and only Derek Zoolander!? I could invite some of my friends to our studio and make simple portraits of them trying to pull his signature looks; Blue steel, le Tigre, Ferrari and of course the Magnum… This could be great! It could also be a disaster, but that risk I was more than happy to take.
To get the pictures ready before the movie premier on 12.2.2016 I needed to act fast. I got a facebook event going about the photoshoot, sent messages to my friends and just hoped that at least some of them would be crazy enough to “take the bait” and come to the studio to have some fun. Luckily quite a few friends showed up to try out some of their best and most ridiculous poses.
On the morning before the photoshoot my daughter walked around in the house scaring us with a weird “pouty face” mask I bought my kids a couple of weeks ago. Since the rubber face had an authentic “Blue steel” feel to it, I figured that it would be a good thing to have it with me in the photoshoot, in case somebody wanted to try out an extra weird face. However, seeing the first images of the masked faces rolling out from camera everybody was just cracking up with the hilarious looks, so I ended up making the whole series of those cartoon-like duckfaces!
So here is the series of images of me and my friends showing the extreme and enhanced Zoolander -look. I hope you find them as funny as we did…