About being a 'Playmate'... So, Today I would like to share some personal thoughts with you. It’s not often I share my opinion, because I believe everyone is entitled to their own. In this case I feel different about that. Not only because it’s a controversial subject, but I wanted to let you guys know where I stand on this matter.... CLICK TO READ
The Wave - by Michael Chichi Island Mornings. To wake up here is not a challenge, not a struggle to get out of bed. Effortless I got pulled up, feeling light as a feather. Every sound, every smell goes in crescendo. Sensations swindle my rationality... CLICK TO READ
Sexual spirit or spiritual sexuality - by Gregory Derkenne How can you desire for someone else, if you can't comprehend the need for loving yourself? In my opinion it is impossible without an intimate relationship between spirit and body. Defining yourself within your body means finding balance within sexuality as well... CLICK TO READ
Morning Bliss (Marisa Papen by Damian Karsznia) Breaking Dawn. As the birds fly off on a morning hunting expedition, I’m slowly being pulled out of my blissful sleep... CLICK TO READ
Lost in color (For Pointsevenmach by Erik Tranberg) Sometimes the world becomes a grey mass, incomprehensibly plain, like the walls are closing in on me. I’m diving without oxigen, slowly sufficating. as if a giant jungle snake outbests me with every breath I take. I need to let this go, close myself off into my sanctuary... CLICK TO READ
I am Yours (For Treats by Stefan Rappo) Who am I? A product of evolution, or a predestined creation The Lead in a bigger story, or just an insignificant pawn A biological package drifting in a chaotic existence or a subject choosing to understand, feel and love your World… CLICK TO READ
No desert disillusion (Exclusively for Treats by Kesler Tran) Last month, actually when I just arrived back in LA after my Palm Springs adventure, I met up with Kesler Tran. Because we are both living on the other sides of LA, we gathered at a parking lot, somewhere in Canoga Park. I figured after having surrendered the Palm Springs-heat, my body was immune now for 100+ degree temperatures. It seemed I was 100% wrong there...
Palm Springs - by Paul Ripke Palm Springs… I did 3 well-focused attempts to write down my thoughts/feelings about these series... But I had to come to the conclusion that I just don’t have the exact right words to even describe 10% of this whole Palm Springs Sensation... You got me there Palm Springs… Big time! Really! So here’s what I’m doing, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking. And I believe they say quite enough… Enjoy!
Facing the storm - by Andrei Runcanu I met up twice with Andrei during his TradeTrip, one time in Brussels and the other time in Paris. This story is about our first shooting, in Brussels. We got of straight away after only a few minutes, not really having an exact plan we started shooting around... Pretty fast we had some spectators joining us, so after only one hour we ceased our play. We went for a quick drink and after that our roads split again. Till Paris. So here's a short state of mind that in my opinion fit these pictures perfectly...
Gender is Over (Editorial for Yume Magazine by Kris Rodammer) "Men come for Mars, women come from Venus" In literature, this is just one in a million verses that describe a fundamental gender-distincition. Guys love football, Girls love ballet and play with dolls. Again one in a billion assumptions about basically dividing our society in a male and female camp. Everybody knows them, so they must be true, right? Follow the rules, never question them... CLICK TO READ
Editorial for C-heads by Eric Marillier Just a month ago, Eric called me up to do a shoot in Brussels. The city was melting due to a heatwave that was heading over Belgium. I don't know what it was but when I arrived I immediately felt a boiling atmosphere that got a hold of the people.Everybody felt sunny and hypnotized by the rythem of the summer...
I Rotate - by Tobi Schnorpfeil Last week I drove coastwards to meet Tobi and Nico, they happened to be in Belgium for a few days and asked me to do a portrait. I figured it had been way too long my toes touched the sand so I was pretty quick to ditch my other plans. We spent the evening on the beach, eating some ice-cream, me rolling and running around - Tobi trying to capture the whole shebang. Everything went super spontaneous and in my opinion he did an amazing job! Thanks guys!
Habitat - by Gregory Derkenne No story this time, just the way in live. Primal instinct meets nature.
I can be this, I can be that - by Gregory Derkenne Friday at noon, dark clouds were packing together, as I entered the loft Gregory had fixed for this shoot... CLICK TO READ
State of Flux (Story for PointSevenMach by Mike Steegmans) A Sunday without taboos, without obligations, without structure... READ IT ON POINTSEVENMACH.COM
We dream up (Editorial Yume Magazine) A few weeks ago I finally found some time to make my way to Tisja Damen in Amsterdam. About time it was... CLICK TO READ
"It's all about the right balance" Last week I had a small chat with Matt from JUNNNKTANK, you can read the whole interview on junnnktank.com/marisapapen/
La Vita Extra Vierge Salve Ragazzi! For our new story and campagne, we crossed Europe by car for a 3week-journey around Italy. We started in Venice to go down all the way to Puglia and Calabria, the most southern parts of the country... and back. 'Nothing comes easily' is a known expression, but our journey became by far the most challenging quest we ever undertook. Total carfailure and hours of negotiations with southern Italian mechanics who never heard of any other language than Italian.... At times we were wondering if our campagne had to be canceled. We refused to, couldn't accept that. And we kept on going, whatever challenge we were confronted with. It took energy and effort, improvisation at times... BUT the results of this campaign are worth all the trouble. Best one by far, in our opinion.
Truly proud to present you our fictional Short Story, 'La Vita Extra Vierge'. The story presents you a 'lovestory gone bad' and the aftermath, a clash of opinions and break loose from the regional authentic life in the South to follow a dream and make it in the biggest city of the North, Milano.
Hope you all get carried away, by our pictures and story.
Viva Calabria Well, I've been traveling for 10 days throughout Italy now to make a new story. As predicted, my planning got squashed. Again. Since this is obviously not the first time, I had to adapt to these unexpected situations, some funny and some infuriating. I escaped a day. Zen-mode on. Destination: Calabria. Half a day of 'La Dolce Vita' in 1 minute. Btw, this a real video or something. Just some spaghetti of snaptshots. Buon Appetito!
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La Source de Mush We took Mush back to her roots, back to the source, Le Massif de la Chartreuse (Grenoble).She drove with us in the car for one thousand kilometers and she did it in style.From the first minute you could tell she felt home in this incredible nature.With these series we want to give you a glimpse of our short but intense stay. Whether it was the endurance of running up a hill in the early morning, or the playful spectrum of exploring this wonderful city… We tried to capture those moments that express the Mush-values as close as possible. To top it off, we took her with us on a hike to the Mountain peak.
Now we've introduced ourselves properly, this adventure is about to begin with a bang!
Hope you enjoy the images as much as we enjoyed being high above the sky! CLICK HERE
Sunny day in a caravan (editorial C-heads Magazine) Last month I received an impulsive message from Wouter, if I had some time to mash up a little shoot. Since we had been meaning to collaborate for a long long time, I accepted his invite instantly. He told me he had this supercool location... CLICK TO READ
Magical Morocco As you guys might have noticed, I went on a trip to Morocco. For 10 days I was traveling through the country with my best friend and partner-in-crime, Piet. Both of us knew before setting foot on the plane that if you put us 2 together, there could happen quite a lot. And a lot is a bold understatement. Everything was planned out very smoothly (my job) but only after 5 minutes on Moroccan soil, every ounce of planning was flushed down the drain. You can compare it with a Tajine actually: stacked-steamed-spiced, you never know what's underneath the hood... But at the end that certain combination bangs, no matter what.
So, here's my story. First official and independent Mush-production. Hope you all get carried away, just as we did. CLICK TO READ
Fumes of Intimacy 'Marisa Papen by Gregory Derkenne'
Swirling thoughts buzzing my head as I'm driving my bike to a cosy bar in Antwerp on a rainy Wednesday. There I'm meeting up with Gregory for coffee and to talk about maybe do a shoot. We hit it off right away, and next thing, we decided to do some quick testimages... CLICK TO READ