Eric-Otto, a couple of Hamburgers, at a party in Pézenas.
Great party, lovely couple, she, part Deutsch part Pölnish, he a Tutonofrank, ( or what ever you call a French guy who has absorbed German Kultur like a sponge ).
Anyway these Frankfurters...err... Guys who live in Hamburg, were to be staying in France for the next three months. When they left the party a little later, they invited me and my friend Kevin to an exhibition, the following day. Nice, I thought as I own an on-line Gallery.
The invite was nicely designed, and at a glance you could see that Eric was a Pro, and the theme of the showing was 'Gangster Cars.' Kevin said, he liked both cars and photography and why don't we go.
I said yeah, she's lovely, let's do it!
So we arrived, with my family in tow, using the ipad as a sat-nav! looking for a slick Gallery.It transpired that it wasn't a private viewing, at all, but an Open Day exhibition in the barn attached to the house.
Wowzers, not only did you 'want to live in the barn', but at first glance you could take in all this creativity, and knew that each photo of a 50s Cadillac, would you cause a shudder, with joy.
There was an eery quality to the photographs, an on the spot realism, car crashes, police scenes etc. An you are thinking to yourself, he must travel all over, hiring classics, or visiting car clubs and scrapyards, and use a lot of Photoshop.
Just as the thoughts are begining to niggle me, in bounds Eric with wine as promised, and said exitedly..."and the trick is they are not real cars!...Well they are, but scale models! Like this...proffering a model no bigger than 6 inches long.
Kevin and I just collapsed, in the sudden realisation, plus the fact that we had been caught out by this visual con trick!
Yes, he uses model cars, the finely detailed ones, and shoots them ( with a bl**dy iphone ) IN SITU!
The blurred back ground of the empire state, is real. No trickery...the only indulgance is that he blows in a little headlamp light in, in Photoshop.
Eric Otto is A real photographer, but check out his web site and let me know if you were taken in by this talented con man?