Profile: Tom Hingston

"The 'Ballistic Rose'?" laughs Tom Hingston, head of the London studio that bears his name. He's referring to the bruised, metallic sculpture on the cover of Massive Attack's greatest hits collection. The simultaneously dark and appealing image - one of the most recognisable covers of the last six months - was developed by Tom Hingston alongside photographer Nick Knight. It was a concept Hingston describes as "difficult for the band to get their heads around," but it was a completely new approach and a break from their trademark flame.

"We thought a nice way to approach the cover was to adopt a technique that we'd used before on Mezzanine - a collage or composite of different elements, but applied to a new set of images," says Hingston. "So that was our train of thought. Working with Nick Knight, we took a still life of roses as the core element and added other layers over the top. When you first look at the rose you see this very beautiful flower, or group of flowers, and then when you look into it further you see all these other hidden layers."

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