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Maypole_Scott-Ritchie_Austria_1
Maypole_Scott-Ritchie_Great-Britain_1
Maypole_Scott-Ritchie_Yugoslavia_1
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The Man in Disguise

Photographer: Igor Sapina
Model/Post Production: Scott Ritchie @ pixelshifter.net
Concept/Creative Directior & Producer/Stylist/Hair & Makeup spfx: Olivia Still

Conveying a character with Hairstyles & Makeup instantly informs us of their personality. Of course the villain is often the most exciting, with their hairstyle being the immediate point of reference. Hair & Makeup is commonly misunderstood and not much thought given to the subtleties that signify the true essence of a character. I wanted to show just how effective these techniques are in distinguishing each impersonator from around the world. The idea for this shoot came from seeing my friend, Scott Ritchie's oddball hairstyle. He had a similar hairdo to The Dutchman and from there the others were created . Scott was also responsible for the superb post production/design of the passport layout.

RUPERT HOOGEN VAN JANSEN — The Dutchman
Having grown his hair as much as he could by shoot day, we added some extensions to give more length and body. The slight messiness adding to the characters madness. Red pigment on his cheeks, sunspots, highlighted wrinkles, darkish eyes all added to the menacing Dutchman. We shaved Scotty’s own moustache to this typical 70’s style.

FLORIAN STEIN HEINZ – The Austrian
Directly following The Dutchman, we created The Austrian. Cutting Scotty’s hair right back to zero, we added the comb over. Having the part growing from just above the left ear gives the idea of a creepy intentioned man. Highlighting mottled skin with a scar on the upper right cheek and thin moustache add to this and with Scottie pushing the character even further with a good double chin and sordid grin.

TERRANCE NIGEL CROFT-WHISTLE – The Brit
Terrance was our last disguise for the shoot night 1… by default. We had stripped the makeup right back, added some side burns and hand laid a moustache. A last minute disguise that emulated the rogue Brit.

ALEKSANDERS SHAPENKO – The Yugoslavian
Sitting in the chair for 2.5hrs having a crepe wool beard applied with Pros-Aide can send you quite mad. Although, good actors know that once completed, it really does help them embody their character perfectly. The lace front synthetic wig from Louis Barnett in Melbourne was carefully considered typifying the Yugoslavian as almost fake and awkward. Scottie helped with his protruding lip signalling a bumbling loner.

BRIAN DE-KEPLER JONKER – The South African
From the Yugoslavian, we created The South African. We sourced a lace front human hair wig from Kylie Clarke Wigmaking in Sydney. Shading a huge amount around the cheeks narrowed Scottie’s face creating a gaunt and slight character. Sunspots and weathered skin with a hand applied crepe wool and human hair beard looks haphazard yet menacingly evil.

INGER ASE BJORG – The Norwegian
Disguising Scottie as a woman wasn’t originally intented. My friend Vanessa, with her strong attention to detail, suggested that creating a believable transformation of man to woman would be the ultimate conclusion to the story. Scottie has the longest natural lady lashes with definite feminine touches. The only photoshopping in the story was the removal of Scottie’s mole on the left side of his nose. We removed for both female disguises. With strong highlighting and shading around the nose and cheekbones, we were able to soften his face considerably. Another wig from Louis Barnett styled into a 70’s hairstyle makes Inger, our Norwegian villain.

TATTIANA MARIA STOJANKA – The Bulgarian
Tattiana was an afterthought to be honest. With a red wig and glasses, we were surprised at how different she looked to Inger. Subtle makeup was applied relying simply on the different hairstyle and glasses to formulate our imposter.