Black Gold

‘Black Gold’ is the term given to crude oil when it is first extracted from the land.
Black in appearance and gold because of its inherent value…

Hingston were commissioned to create the campaign and packaging for this compilation album from the Editors.

Inspired by Avedon’s early portraits of oil field workers in the American West and Irving Penn’s studies of workers in the small trades – a simple, graphic still life of an open hand reveals the texture of crude oil (black gold) engrained into the surface of the skin.

Busy with the threads of life, we wanted to present a living hand cadenced in a world of possibility and connection to others. The markings of a hand can of course reveal so much – an open invitation to discover a world of other stories. Hands are magical and indeed sites of symbolic power – hands can heal. Nurture. Harvest. And create.

We commissioned photographer Nadav Kander to shoot this iconic still-life study, alongside portraiture of the band themselves.


Design and Art Direction: Hingston Studio
Photography: Nadav Kander
Hand Subject: Rod Hingston