D2 – CHINA COUNTERFEITS
In the summer of 2010 the Norwegian D2-magazine asked me to do a photo shoot on Chinese counterfeits of designer items. The perfection of copying those designer items has come so far, that you simply can’t distinguish those from the originals anymore. The article maintains that the counterfeits are creating an enormous harm to the industry and also sponsoring the mafia.
I was called in straight from the beginning of the creative process. The art direction wished to keep it simple and place the style within the advertising world. My challenge was to keep the beauty and ad-perfection of the counterfeited items, but still show them with a slightly mean or bitter twist. A James Bond-watch became a scorpion, the Hermes bag a bitter smiling clown, and finally the world renowned Mont Blanc pen a leg of a poisoning spider.