By Kristin Boese
Posted Monday 21 July 2008
For a Colgate Photoshooting I went from Italy straight to Tarifa. And as expected Tarifa was greeting us with perfection sunshine and great conditions. For our 3 day shooting we even had a special permission from the local police to kite on the normaly "closed" lagoon. Photographer Michael Kunkel produced the nicest shots. Rick Jensen (the other kiter on the shoot) and I were blown away by his ideas and creativity and super happy with the results.
After 2 days of shooting we had all we needed... many awesome action pictures and even more beautiful lifestyle shots. We had been kiting for hours, had walked the big dunes a few times and had been running through the water for fun portraits. Our work was pretty much done and a nice and relaxed kite day ahead of us. To finish off we wanted to have one last shooting in the sunset.
We parked the cars at the spot and went to check out the best location and the conditions. And then it happened... when we got back to the car the window was broken and EVERYTHING was gone... the whole camera equipment, laptops, wallets, passports - and with it the whole production... all the beautiful pictures gone!
The evening we spent at the police station and (at least for my part) wondering what people feel when they take things away from other people and hurt their feelings in such a way. Some people might just be real mean and not even feel anything. We definitely felt pretty down and had a lot of problems to deal with. Next to getting credit cards, drivers licenses and so on reissued (I was lucky as I had left my laptop and wallet in the hotel) we also needed to worry about the production as Colgate had sent us to Tarifa to shoot.
So I called up Aurelia Herpin (former competitor) who I knew had been shooting kiting for the last few years. She was willing to meet us the next morning at 7 and so we ended up producing some kite and some portrait shots the next (and last) day again. Even though we still ended up with some good pictures, the results we had first were just amazing and will now be lost forever. And Michael (photographer) and Sven (producer) will have lots of work to do to get all their documents and equipment back. Life is definitely is not always easy - and these 3 days in Tarifa ended up being totaly crazy.
I am now home in Germany for one day and will leave for the KPWT in Istanbul tomorrow morning.