BTS: Shooting Portraits of Models Being Hit with Colorful Powder

Photographer Philippe Echaroux tells us that he recently completed a photo shoot for a series he calls, “The Pigment Party”. Echaroux’s idea was to capture studio-lit portraits of models posing serenely amidst explosions of colorful powders. After covering the studio with tarps, hanging up a black backdrop, and setting up his lighting, Echaroux had his assistants toss pigment powders of various colors onto the model’s face.

The behind-the-scenes video above offers a look at how it all went down.

Here are the three photographs that resulted from the shoot:




Some of you might recognize Echaroux’s name: back in November 2012, we featured a behind-the-scenes video showing him photographing random strangers on the street with an uber-portable makeshift photo studio.

Image credits: Photographs by Philippe Echaroux and used with permission

  • This is Art?

    Is this what photographers do when they run out of good ideas?

  • o.p.

    3rd Pic looks like or IS Hugh Laurie (the house guy)

  • Chip Barkel

    This looks like what happens on the street in India when they celebrate Holi. I wonder if that was his inspiration.

  • Mark Dub

    They also have “color runs” in the US (inspired by Holi, i assume). Runners use bottles and bags filled with color and get pegged at certain parts of the race.

    The concept and shots are great, but I feel like the models poses & expressions dont mix with the concept.

  • hdc77494

    I could see using this technique for pics of senior athletes. Maybe use school or team colors? Hitting a balloon with a bat. Useful.

  • Don’t be so critical – Live!

    Fantastic and FUN!

  • Mansgame

    Throwing powders is super cliche now (Hell, even digitalrevtv did it) but I have to admit, the execution here is actually really good. Lighting is perfect.

  • Mansgame

    The symptoms point to Lupus

  • Banan Tarr

    Would have been cool if he did the color of flags for a country and citizens of those countries, i.e. red/white/blue powder on a USA citizen, etc. This is a bit too random for me, just my $0.02

  • You’ve got to be kidding.

    Oh, this gives me a great idea for an Art project! I think I’ll through a bunch of chili powder on my pet cat while she’s sleeping and capture her reaction. I think it’d be great if I used a bullhorn too! Now to go and make me some “Art” for petapixel to put up.

  • Scott M.

    Chuck Close is in a wheelchair for life after absorbing too much pigment from using pastels. Just a thought. Some pigments are really poisonous. Some aren’t. I would stick to flour.

  • DafOwen

    After trying levitation photos…..