Some say less is more. And then there are those, like Martin Häusler, who turn the expression on its head and claims that more is more. But then again, Martin spends most of his time in Los Angeles, shooting larger-than-life celebrities such as Britney Spears, Bon Jovi and, as in this case, Meatloaf. With this in mind, the sweaty, gritty look that characterizes Martin’s images feels like a natural product of the environment they were shot in.
“Every time I come here and look out the plane, it feels as if I’m landing in a big trashcan,” laughs Martin. “I mean, I live in The Hills, so I have a nice place, but I work a lot down in The Valley, which is a nasty industrial area with a lot of rotten houses. There’s just so much cool stuff there. If you work with a rock band and you want that gritty look – the feel is there. It’s real atmosphere.”