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Xpresso Martina is the DJ alter-ego of photographer and filmmaker Charlot van Heeswijk. This portrait shoot was a collaborative endeavor where we staged and photographed each other in the studio. Drawing inspiration from Charlot’s DJ persona, I incorporated oversized martini glasses in the first set. The chessboard symbolizes the dual realms Charlot navigates: the daytime world of photography and filmmaking, and the nighttime world of DJing. Despite the separation between these two spheres, it is a perpetual game, a delicate balancing act. The clean set design was enhanced with expressive colors—a powerful red symbolizing strength and a deep blue evoking the essence of night.

Concept, Photography, & Set-Design: Alina Cherubin