The Legendary Mr. Testino is Celebrated in a Sun-Kissed New Show
A wet-haired and Wayfarers-clad Kate Moss lounges next to inflatable pool toys in this series by super-photographer Mario Testino. Today’s arresting images are included in the Peruvian lensman’s upcoming solo show at L.A.’s Prism gallery—Testino’s first U.S. exhibition in seven years—alongside personal snaps and iconic vistas of Lima and Rio de Janeiro. Labeled as the man who turns models into supermodels, his compositions famously play with rich color and glowing light. “Mario takes great inspiration from the LA way of life and the freedom and relaxed nature that seems to be more common here than other destinations, such as New York and London,” says Prism director Jennifer Cox. A reflection of his skill and dexterity as a portraitist over the course of his 30-year career, the 28 large-scale photographs also act as an interesting accompaniment to tonight’s fame-fuelled Hollywood institution, the 85th Academy Awards. “They’re an insight into the way he views the world,” adds Cox. “Images captured without restraint.”
Mario Testino is on view at Prism Los Angeles from February 26 through March 30.
Water Powered Jetpack Turns Man into Sea Monster in Thomas Giddings' Futuristic Short
Rising imperiously from the waves, making jet-propelled dolphin jumps and backwards somersaults, professional stuntman Arran Topham appears as a waterborne Ironman in filmmaker Thomas Giddings’ new short, Icarus. Taking its name from the Greek myth of the child who flew too close to the sun and fell to a watery death, the film stars Topham—who has appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum, X-Men: First Class and the upcoming Bond movie Skyfall—performing delphine acrobatics made possible by the Flyboard. Invented by world champion jet-ski racer Franky Zapata, the luxurious high-tech toy is designed simply for pleasure, allowing anyone to connect with their inner Flipper. “I found out about this machine and flew to Marseilles, where Zapata is based, because I just thought it was so insane,” Giddings recounts. “It has this otherworldly quality; it’s blowing the boundaries between flying and swimming, and as soon as I saw it I wanted to capture it.” During monochrome downpours on the UK’s Dorset coast, the director filmed from a small boat through dusk and dawn to capture the overcast sci-fi footage. For his next project Giddings is journeying deeper into the hidden world of stuntmen, documenting their lives behind the Hollywood scenes for a solo exhibition and book to launch in London and Los Angeles next year.
STATS FROM ON SET
Poole harbor, Dorset.
Distance to the Sea of Crete where, according to Greek myth, Icarus drowned
Highest altitude reached
Minimum depth of water required to operate
Highest velocity in the air/underwater
Ten knots/4 knots.
Volume of water ejected by Flyboard
1,000 liters a minute.
Number of times Topham had flown the Flyboard before filming
Number of times Tophan had to be pulled out of the water
One local expert and two other stuntmen on jet skis.
Liquid consumed on set
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