Nela König: Testimonial photo-shoot with Mousse T. for Conmoto
Dec 2013 17

This time I had the honor of photographing my good friend Mousse T., the well-known songwriter and music producer, for the company Conmoto. For the location we selected Sra Bua in Hotel Adlon. The Sra Bua is not only an excellent restaurant, but also an exceptional location. The rooms reflect a multifaceted fusion of Asia and Europe.


The first picture of Mousse T. and the “Roll Fire” from Conmoto, winner of multiple awards, was taken in the lounge area of the Sra Bua. Fortunately the sun sometimes shines in Berlin even in October, so that I could really work with an evenly-lit, warmly radiating natural background, and could position the additional lighting on Mousse T. and the Roll Fire. Although I had thought that the first subject would cause me more difficulty, it was actually the second one, inside the restaurant itself, which proved to be a greater challenge.
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The picture shows Mousse T. preparing for a gig, his working material lies on the table, the furniture, the apartment and Mousse T.‘s personal style – all in one.

As the benches in the Sra Bua are fixed to the floor, there was insufficient room to show the X-Table from Conmoto in its full beauty. Whichever way we twisted and turned the table, part of the benches always got in the the way. There was only one solution which worked: digital processing! With enough patience and time one can thus make room on a photo.

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What do Sting, Marilyn Manson and Sir Peter Ustinov all have in common? Easy: they’ve all posed for Nela König, just like the Pussicat Dolls, Gwen Stefanie, 50 Cent, Nelly Furtado, Rihanna and countless other musicians and actors did.