Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be... Michael Caine!
I have loved this iconic image for a long time! David Bailey's shot of Michael Caine as Harry Palmer used as promotional material for the IPCRESS File (1965). The harsh shadows which give the image a sense of retro urban cool so I tried to copy it myself. The model is a guy I work with, Kieran, who happens to be the biggest film buff like myself which really helped get into the mood. We had also just been to see “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy”. I was really surprised by the awkward position Kieran had to stand in to get the cigarette tip to touch the right position on the collar of the shirt. It was a bit bum against the wall, stoop forwards, head down a bit, turn head a smidgen to the left, cigarette butt 2mm to the right... the things you do for art! This image has been mimic’d so many times but, in my view, many of them not very well as the
cigarette is totally in the wrong place. If you are trying to copy something do it well or not at all?
- James King Werangutan Ltd
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