COOPH master Markus Berger recently produced this dynamic series of photos with Real Madrid basketball star Sergio Llull. With only a two hour window for the shoot, a great deal of preparation went into the project. After transporting a huge amount of gear to Madrid, Markus tested the setups the night before with his assistant. He also had to collaborate with Vienna based designer Emmanuel Jesse to turn a translucent globe into a glowing basketball, and ensure that all images were in compliance with Llull’s other sponsors.
The use of subtle red lighting was a visual concept intended to represent Sergio’s nickname ‘Red Llull’ and to symbolise the flashing buzzer which signals the end of the game. Markus explains; “When Red Bull approached me to shoot with Sergio Llull, it felt like a dream come true. As a photographer, I always believed that if you take images of something you are personally passionate about, the results will show."