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Oliver Kniest

Born: 26 Sep 1966 in Germany
living in Cologne, GER since 2000

I never felt a really close connection to photography all my life. So this can be called a late found passion. Gratefully "still and forever" close internet-friend Monika, finally talked me into buying a camera and giving it a try. I bought my first camera in 2006. The composition of my pictures is strongly influenced by my favorite childhood literature: comics! A love for strong colors and harsh contrasts defines the style of all my pictures. The pictures I take don't ask for a deaper meaning... they just want to please. At least that's what I am trying to accomplish...

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WTF

Dienstag, 05.08.2014 12:02:32h

short update about last Saturdays shoot with Sinah He (model), Manuel Pötsch (bodypaint), Nadine Brückner (fashion designer) and me...
F**K YOU all responsible gods of weather (Peter, Thor, whoever)!!!!
After Sinah got her make-up, body  paint and hair/wig styling, we moved to the location.

I have setup all the light and accessoires, Sinah got in pose and we started doing a short light test, when wind came up, rain, thunder and lightning - so minutes before really starting the shoot we needed to cancel and look for shelter.
You can imagine her whole styling was ruined then.
So we decided to break up the shoot for that day - and continue coming Sunday.
Hopefully this time the weather gods will be with us

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Sinah
05.08.2014 17:09:03
THEY WILL! All good things come in threes ;)
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project shoot ahead and following shoots

Dienstag, 29.07.2014 13:17:50h

YIHAAAAAA!

finally it looks like coming weekend a long planned and organised idea will be realised for my photo porject. This is DEFINITELY gonna rock the wanna-do-in-about-2016 exhibition.
The picture is a collaboration between Sinah He (model), Nadine Brückner (fashion designer), Manuel Pötsch (body painter) and me as the photographer.
I know I have already mentioned this shoot before in my blog, but maybe you ccan understand I am very exited that it is now going into the final round of realisation.
the theme is religious based this time with different aspects. So we try to do two different sets.
the first one (IF it is gonna be done we have to decide short term, because we might have difficulties - but dont want to tell too much right now) is showing the role of the woman in religion in a provoking and polarizing way.

the second one is more showing (in the same provoking way) the connection of religion and war.

My goal is to combine the very conflicting themes with high fashion in as well stylish way as a provoking way

The following week then I will have a fashion shoot (not for my project) with Barbora from Slovakia and for fashion designer Black Jewel Clothing
I have mentioned this before but now we have Black Jewel Clothing on board, which really makes me happy.
We will then try to do the shoot in the woods, creating a mythic mood like in fairy tales.

Finally another shoot for my project is scheduled for mid/end of September.
This will be a interpretation of a well-known fairy tale again.
It took some time, some disappointments and a lot of nerves to get to the point I am now with the realisation, but this time it finally looks like it is gonna happen.
Well, this picture requires several models I can tell you it is ALWAYS difficult to organise such a shoot.
Cross fingers nothing is gonna get in its way

the last thing which is just in the basics of organisation is another shoot for the project.
this scenery requires 5 models, 4 are already casted and fixed for the shoot. But I am still looking for a male XXL model willing to do nude ... so if you know anyone, let me know.
Got one in mind for this, but did not ask yet.
Then I need to organise the outfits for some of the models and also the accessoires.

so much for today... stay tuned ... will keep you updated soon

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too busy to be stressed :D

Dienstag, 22.07.2014 10:54:51h

hey people,

actually I am very, very busy and cannot even tell with what. there is so much stuff actually going on and things to prepare and organize, so I hardly manage to do artwork on pictures of my SOME past shoots - like with Kim, Jenny, Cindy, Killerbarbie, Alexa, (addicted to) Jenny, Kiira, etc
Most of all my daily work is keeping me busy and mostly I am pretty exhausted in the evening. Additionally my vacation is getting closer step by step and there is more to do and organize then I imagined.
However this is all not lowering my mood and I hope to continue with artwork next week so you can see some more pictures I have done lately over the last months and weeks.
Last shoot was in Kassel together with (addicted to) Jenny and Kiira again - the first picture should be seen on the internet pretty soon then.
Next weekend my friends Dana & Martin Höhne come for a visit to go to Amphi festival and I am happy to see them again after our Mallorca trip in May.

next to all of this stuff of course I am preparing for my next project shoots.
the next date to realize a pic for this project is begin of August and a week later, iw ill have a shoot with slovakian tattoo artist Barbora Sharuzen Gazurova.
Then I already prepare two more for this project and hope to proceed quickly when I am back from vacation....

keep you informed about more news ASAP

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present and future

Sonntag, 29.06.2014 18:33:38h

Hey dudettes and dudes,

just wanted to report a little about what I have done since my last entry and what I am about to do in the near future...
So yesterday I had a shoot with Alexa Unique (finally, after we are in contact and planning to shoot since YEARS). We had an awesome (the BEST) latex designer supporting us with two outfits for the shoot and I had plans for something really stunning... but we got disappointed by the bad weather here in Cologne. Though it is summer we had rain like hell. Nastasia did such a great job in make up and hairstyling.... and it was ruined within minutes.
Nevertheless we TRIED to do some pictures, but we were all not convinced about the results. So next Sunday (when the wether should be sunny again) we try to repeat the shoot, delivering better results!!!

but before I have a shoot with Sinah He for my project (the exhibition) next Saturday - in case we don't have such bad luck with the weather again like yesterday. Nadine Brückner designed and extraordinary, stunning, beautiful long, black skirt for it - very, very HIGH FASHION. We will collaborate with airbrusher Manuel Pötsch
of course the idea will remain a secret again till the exhibition takes place. But again this is a very provoking and polarising theme. Even THAT extreme that we have to take care while shooting not getting any trouble...
But I always wanted to put some high fashion in one of my more extreme works. Thanks for especially Nadine as well as Sinah and Manuel making this possible. You surely will be either fascinated or disgusted by the result - in case you will visit the exhibtion (think in 2016)

...and even before THAT I plan to do a shoot with Sarah Axeronieas, which I didn't meet or shoot till 2 years now - back then she was involved in my biggest scenery for the project.

further plans then for July are to travel to kassel again, do a shoot with friend and model (addicted to) Jenny. We plan to do several sets, and one (with some buddies of her involved as background actors) for my project again. Then another shoot with Carmen Killerbarbie69 follows as we couldn't realise one of the ideas in our past shoot some weeks ago.

On the last weekend then in July the gothic festival "Amphi" will take place in Cologne, and finally I will meet Dana & Martin again, who will be my guests then.
The last so far planned shoot is then in begin of August with beautiful and stunning tattoo artist Barbora Sharuzen Gazurova from Slovakia - still looking for designers to support us

so THESE are only the scheduled shoots... next to this I am actually planning to finally realise another idea for my project, an interpreation of "Alice in Wonderland". hoping for a golden autumn I hope to make it happen then with 5 models involved (still looking for one). But I am still busy with organising the shoot, obtain outfits and accessoires

...as always stay tuned. Will keep you updated 

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Sinah
30.06.2014 15:13:42
Sooo much going on and I'm not only looking up for OUR result such as the other results you're working on!
When reading this entry it comes to my mind that maybe we should pick up some security guys for our savety?!

Looking forward to our shooting, will be mind blowing!
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just some news about the past weeks

Mittwoch, 11.06.2014 10:40:21h

Hey Folks,

as already mentioned in my last blog entry I have been to Mallorca and am back (obviously) meanwhile.
Had a great time there together with Dana & martin and all the people I met there, did great shoots with close friend Jenny and with Plastique InVeins from Berlin.
Though the weather was not as sunny as hoped and expected (we had two days of rain and it was pretty windy in the late afternoon always), I was lucky to do my shoots with nice weather and never forgot to enjoy my free time as vacation.
We were residing in a 4 bedroom finca with our own pool, had bbq in the evening, even met a girl from GNTM (Martin had a shoot with her) and a professional football player (his girlfriend was shot by Martin as well) and lots of other very nice people.
Shortly before my trip I did a spontanous little shoot with "Mrs. Neighborhood" Larissa/Kim and two shoots since I am back. One with Killerbarbie 69 and one with Maya/Kiira.
On Mallorca I did a shoot for NoBalls Rec. again (for flyers) and the shoot with Maya/Kiira was for the same intention.... so stay tuned, there is more to come
and don't forget to visit me on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OKn.Photography)
there you can see some first results of my shoots on Mallorca

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