Ivana C, Johan C and Smoke Rings

Speaking of Fidel “El Comandante” Castro and his aficionado for Cohibas, when professional model Ivana Cermakova was in the studio the other week, I just couldn’t resist creating a new version of my popular cigar image portraying Johan “Giovanni” Carlsten.

While the original was shot against a matte, black background in my old studio with a real, albeit unlit, Cohiba, Ivana C was captured against the new studio’s clean white wall puffing on some no-name cigar of dubious origin that I’d bought minutes earlier in our local no-name kiosk. In both cases, smoke was added in post production. Otherwise, the smoke just gets in your eyes, as Leif “Smoke Rings” Andersson would of said…