Sonja Ruppersberg / Patricia Lynch /
Henri-Jacques Blom / Paul André Blom
Arthur / Johan / Stef'n / Gino /
Karla / Ashton / Paul
[click the images for larger renditions]
Man's narrow perception of beauty takes many forms. In this
instance, Sonja Ruppersberg's vision of this phenomenon is not
an ordinary cliché. Her longtime ambition has been to capture
and depict a range of extraordinary characters (be they earthly,
historical, supernatural, famous, divine etc.) in a variety
of familiar scenarios.
A family portrait, a rock star, a holy figure…
The initial idea morphed into the Desert Storm shoot
for Stage Magazine featuring Christina Storm (pictures
of which will also be displayed at this exhibition). Six months
after the Desert Storm location trip to the Karoo, Sonja
returned to the original idea of taking alternative / fringe
characters and displaying their unique features to the world
in a studio shoot.
Having known and seen many of the Beautiful People-series
faces over the years, Sonja always appreciated the individuality,
striking features and characters to which they belong and wanted
to immortalize them while experimenting with make-up and styling
techniques. The unique faces have a beauty all their own for
which the conventional will not have a keen eye.
With Sonja Ruppersberg, Patricia Lynch-Blom, Paul Blom and Henk
Blom, the project was kick started - conceptualizing compositions
without any boundaries, rules or regulations.
At 6am one freezing morning of 7 June 2002, the collaborators
descended on a chilly photographic warehouse studio against
With 8 different set-ups to complete in a single day (including
costume and make-up changes for a range of models), the team
worked at a breakneck pace not only to get the job done, but
also to get it done properly.
Coincidentally the king of South African Gothic music, Ashton
Nyte (from The Awakening) was playing the city that weekend
and agreed to take time out to feature in some of the shots.
Framing took on a more creative approach as opposed to sending
it off to the conventional framing company, allowing the pictures
to hover within its border. Paul and Sonja put their efforts
into creating unique frames for each picture, some relating
directly to the subject matter.
The Beautiful People photo exhibition coincides with
Cape Town's annual Month Of Photography and will be one of the
first exhibitions in the new IRONIC Gallery and Jewelry
A video documentary of the production will be screened on the
[Check out the Firestarters segment at www.flamedrop.com for
picture previews and related info]
View a selection of these pictures from 15 March 2003 at IRONIC,
17 Glynnville Terrace, Gardens, Cape Town, (enter via Hope Street).
Friday 14 March 2003 will see the invitation-only opening night.
Concepts, Make-Up, Styling, Production
[Sonja has acted as make-up artist for the likes of super model
Christina Storm, international musician Art Garfunkel, live
shows, music videos and Stage Magazine cover shoots /
initiated creative shoots like Desert Storm & Beautiful
[Patricia has been a graphic designer for over a decade and
has been a part of photographic team Full Frame]
[Henri runs Zeplins.com and has been a photographer for almost
Paul André Blom
[Paul runs Flamedrop.com and Flamedrop Productions / has been
involved with music, video, photography and writing for over
[Zurane is an award winning dancer-choreographer with extensive
styling and dressing experience]
THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE
SOUTH AFRICAN GOTHIC
THE QUEEN AND HER PRINCESSES
[Photographer: Francois Oberholster / Series Conceiver & Make-Up:
Sonja Ruppersberg / Model: Christina Storm / Stylist: Terence