This image of the Bialetti Moka Express was made as part of a regular column in Mental Floss Magazine that explains the history and uses of interesting objects. I worked closely with the magazine's Creative Director to identify an approach that fit with the overall arc of the magazine and the issue.
The challenge of the Moka Express is that every facet is reflective. By moving black and white cards around the object and on the surface, I was able to control the shape, tone, and volume of the whites, blacks, and grays in each panel. The texture of the Moka Express gives it the appearance of a graphite drawing, but the image was made in camera as a color picture.
We did two versions of this object, and the magazine published the other for stylistic reasons. However, the Creative Director and I both preferred this image as a pure photograph because it looks as classic as the design of the object itself.