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Director and Photographer Patrice De Villiers Signs to Dark Energy for UK Representation


Boundary pushing Patrice De Villiers has signed to Dark Energy Films for both stills and moving image

Director and Photographer Patrice De Villiers Signs to Dark Energy for UK Representation

Patrice studied film and photography at university, choosing to do her final year dissertation on Kubrick. Her work combines still life craft, people and food with a sensuality that is both dynamic and beautiful. Having established herself as a world-renowned photographer, gaining vast experience with agencies and brands, moving image was a natural progression for Patrice. She has won multiple awards for her work, including two black pencils. she has also judged several D&AD awards, been included in Lurzer's archive 200 Best Ad Photographers worldwide five times & is on the Creative Circle gold jury for press/OOH this year

Patrice has built a reputation for producing iconic images commissioned by such clients as the Sunday Times, Selfridges, Harrods, Conde Nast Traveller, Godiva, Eurostar, British Airways, Westfield, Gaggenau, Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Ford, Chanel and her work is exhibited online with the Saatchi gallery. 

Since starting her career & throughout many interesting and varied commissions, she has been producing award winning commercial work on the global stage whilst also pursuing these personal and high impact projects. During that time she has wrapped cars in pasta bows for Ford, dressed crab claws in stockings for a Las Vegas superstar hotel, shot model made Cornettos in a basement in Moscow & draped pasta over rock stars for LoveMusicLoveFood. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Love Music Love Food, an important passion project that raises awareness and necessary funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. 

A decade ago her personal charity project, launched in book form & several country wide shows. In true rock&roll fashion it was born out of a 4am chat with the frontman of the band she'd just been to see in a hotel bar after the gig. With the help of many talented individuals and the generosity of many artists featured, they created a unique product & all the proceeds went to Teenage Cancer Trust.    

In many of her images, she likes to explore the relationship between often seemingly unrelated objects, always trying to shoot in a way that will surprise and delight so the pictures are sometimes conceptual, sometimes purely observational or a combination of the two. And if the final image is arresting, dynamic and beautiful then her efforts, thoughts and observations, have been worthwhile.

Patrice’s work really stands out in the genre of food and table top and her creativity expands well beyond the confines of it.  As someone who has an enormous passion for music and is a self-confessed petrol head, you can expect to see Patrice creating films beyond the table top and food genres.  

Heston Blumenthal comments: ‘ Seemingly unbound by the regular rules of food photography, she continuously pushes the boundaries of what’s possible…the results are original and exciting & I’ve been a great admirer of her imaginative and fearless style ever since our work at The Sunday Times’

Dark Energy founder, Matt Brown, adds: ‘Patrice is a powerhouse of creativity and we can’t wait to see what she does next!’

To see the images from Love Music Love Food click    

To view her reel click here.

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Genres: Tabletop

Dark Energy Films, Wed, 28 Jul 2021 16:01:13 GMT