Sunday, Bloody, Sunday
This shoot happened on the same day we shot the Sunday, Bloody, Sunday photo from Oct. 15th. I figured it easiest to group the bloody shoots together to limit mess. Which is why the Bloody Mary shoot and the last Sunday Bloody Sunday photo of the series were also taken together. The concept of this shoot was very Hannibal Lector inspired. I believe I stated before in another blog post, that I wanted the Sunday, Bloody, Sunday photos to be bloody/gorey, but I wanted them to be more than just photos of bloody people, I wanted there to be a sense of story.
This photo's story was that of a successful rich man who is secretly a cannibal. So very Hannibal-like, as I said. The deeper message being people aren't always what they seem. Do you ever really know a person? We all have darkness in us, or quirks we hide from the world. Obviously most people aren't secret cannibals, but art tends to be more bold/disturbing to make a point.
This was my first shoot with Adam. It was also my first time meeting Adam. They say first impressions are everything, and yet I decided to ask him to get all bloody and pretend to be eating human flesh the first time I meet him. I'm the best at first impressions obviously. Adam was great though, and from what I believe, didn't find me too insane. He did come back to shoot with me again, so I guess he had fun lol.
I set up the shoot in my kitchen nook area. I'm lucky that my parents are willing to let me completely reorganize the area and move furniture around. The kitchen is the only area in my house with a large portion of white wall, so it makes for a good backdrop. I had originally planned to photoshop in some older looking wallpaper, but it just wasn't looking right. Probably mainly because of the amount of light and whiteness used in the shot, making it hard to make a darker wallpaper look believable. I also had this other idea about using goat horns I had, and to have them hanging on the wall, but I decided not to do that after a few photoshop attempts. It was just taking too long to do and not looking right.
I ended up actually liking the plain white wall. It adds a clean look and reminds me of American Psycho, with the killer not liking to be messy. That concept is very interesting, since the other form of cannibalism you see a lot is one of a more feral nature, where the person is very messy in their eating/killing. The set was made up of an old white bedsheet we had as the table cover, my kitchen table and a chair, dishes and candles I found around the house, some lettuce, a hand prop I bought on amazon, some fake blood I had from a Halloween store a few years ago, some eye balls from my family's halloween decoration stash, dried flowers from a box in my room (I collect them for reasons like this) and some meatballs left over from dinner a few night ago.
This week's Movie Monday was from the decade I was born, the 90's! It wasn't very hard to pick which movie to recreate, I mean what's more iconic than Scream? I challenged myself with the still frame scene I choose, which involved glass reflection. The scene is actually from the first few minutes, but I felt it embodied all iconic parts of the movie. You have the phone, which is a huge aspect of the movie (since the killer calls the kids a lot), there's the victim screaming (I mean the movie is called Scream), and you have the reflection of ghostface, the killer, which there'd be no movie without.
Drew Barrymore's character may only be in the movie for few minutes, but she is still used as the cover girl on the posters, so I felt using her character in the recreation made sense. I also just really loved this still shot I found of her screaming with ghostface in the reflection, so that's the photo I decided to do. The still is actually like a .o5 seconds in the movie, but still a really cool image if you freeze it fast enough to catch it lol.
So some complications with this photo. 1). I have no friends with short blonde hair and bangs. 2). I don't have an old school phone like the one used in this scene 3). My dad could not find the ghostface mask we have in the attic and they cost a lot more than I was willing to spend for a few minutes use. And 4). For these recreations I wanted to try to make them as accurate as possible, so I needed to find a sweater like Drew's.
The solutions to these complications were as follows:
1) The magic of wigs, lol. I was able to find a cheap short blonde wig, which I will be able to reuse so it was worth shelling out some cash for.
2) Thrifting! Ok this was a lot harder than just buying a wig. I did not, no matter how hard I look, find a phone like the one in the picture. I even had a trashman friend looking for me when he was on his pickups. I did however, find an older blue corded one at an estate sale, which had a "everything you can fit in a bag for a buck" section, which is how I got the phone. My friend Sarah, who was also the model, helped me paint the phone white to match the movie better, and because the dark blue would not contrast well in the photo.
3). Asking online. I find that when you don't have a certain prop, you may actually know someone who does, and asking online can be one of the easiest way to get that prop to borrow, so you don't have to spend money. I found that my aunt actually had a scream mask this way, but I did not end up needing it because a friend with a love for horror and halloween actually ended up buying one for his collection and letting me use it.
4). Thrifting saves the day again. I thought this would be an easy enough find, but surprisingly it was not. There were a few things I was looking for, the right cut, the right color, the vertical lines, and the right size to fit the model. So yea, I should of figured it be harder to find, since thrifting is all about luck and it's a you get what you get situation usually, theres not multiple size or color options of the clothes. After looking for a while, I did find something though that would work. It was the ugliest color, and it's no wonder it ended up in a thrift store, but I knew I could change the color in photoshop. I bought it when I was out thrifting alone, so I was happy that it actually fit Sarah, since she wasn't there to try it on. In order to justify paying $8 for it, I also used it in another photo for this series, were it was covered in blood (cause it wasn't like anyone was going to wear it again after lol).
This photo was another case of having the people I planned as being the "extra" model in a shoot needing to back out. So when we went to shoot this photo, I had no one to stand in as "ghostface", so I asked my dad. Having a supportive family is great. Getting the reflection in the shot was tough, and Sarah actually had to stand outside even though her character was supposed to be inside, in order to get it to look right. I was pretty happy with the end result, and was able to change the sweater color with ease. Thank you again to my dad and to Sarah (modeling fake screams is a lot harder than it looks!)
behind the scenes ( to show the sweater's original color)
Trick or Treat Tuesday
This trick or treat Tuesday was probably the most literal of them all, being that it actually involves trick or treating. The concept I put behind this photo was a sort of revenge on the people who give out crappy things on Halloween, like apples and toothbrushes. Or you can go darker and it could be revenge on the sickos who put razors in candy. It was a simple enough photo to put together. I had a young model already, thankfully, and a pumpkin candy container. I threw in some candy I had laying around the house (which my young model, Jenna, enjoyed after shooting lol). I threw in my fake hand prop for kicks, took a knife from the kitchen and posed Jenna outside my front door. I made sure to supervise her holding the knife very closely, she held it for maybe a total of a minute. It was a very fast shoot. Her outfit was made up of a pink tank top she had, and a pink tutu I found in a thrift store a while ago. So the price for this photo was $0. Proof you don't need to spend a lot of money to create!
I knew once Kate reached out saying she'd love to do some halloween themed photos, that I needed to photograph her as a witch. She's got great witch hair! (I swear all I do is gush about her hair, but she is a really great model too, she's not just great hair). I had a few witch concepts at first, but we ended up doing this one with the smoke coming out of a jack o lantern. I wanted to use a jack o lantern somewhere in the series, and was running out of options, and I love having an excuse to use smoke in a photoshoot. Like I said in past blogs, all the witch photos had one specific witch accessory. This one was the witch hat! It was the last witch photo of the series, so I had to do the witch hat, it's the most iconic of witch accessories. Other than the jack o lantern with the smoke, this photo was basically just a simple portrait. Kate wore black to go with the witch theme and match her hat and just posed like a rock star. Hannah helped out with lighting the smoke bombs for me and running out of the way while I shot. In order to make the pumpkin/smoke duo as safe as possible, I put a bunch of foil inside the pumpkin, and wrapped the smoke ball in foil to help it stand up straight. Trying to get foil and the smoke ball in the pumpkin was hard. I had to squeeze my hand into its mouth, and I scratched my hand on it's teeth a few times. The jack o lantern was one of those light up ones with the light bulb inside. I bought it at target and took out the light for the shoot. I justified buying it because I knew I could use it as a halloween decoration for years to come, along with a photo prop. The smoke did slightly stain the side of the pumpkin's mouth blue, but I don't mind. The location was Barclay Farms, which I had also shot Karen's witch photo and Kate's levitation photo the same day. I went through a few different editing styles when trying to decide which photo was the "one" for this day. I had a tough choice, there was a lot of photos I liked, and they all looked good with a bunch of different kinds of edits. I ended up needed a second opinion when picking the photo out, but here I will post all the ones I was deciding between :)
This was chosen by the way the smoke looked, the expression, and the face/hat angle
So this was the last terrifying Thursday of the series. It was shot on the day me, Hannah, Ali, and Hannah's friend Adam (not model from the bloody sunday photo above Adam, a different one) went to Batsto Village/Pine Barrens. That's the day I stuffed a bunch of costumes and masks into a trash bag and we just kind of spontaneously created. To keep with the "terror" aspect of the theme, I wanted to use specific angles and view points to create more "terror". For this photo the viewpoint was from the backseat of a car, which is a very "horror movie" location. As the viewer, it's up to you to decide whether or not your view from the back seat is that of an innocent companion, a malevolent deviant like the ones in front of the car, or maybe someone the driver trusted that betrayed them and set this up? hmmmmm lol.
I really like the movie The Strangers, so I was definitely influenced by that and other horror movies for this one. I felt it scarier having multiple "deviants", it makes it seem less likely the victim will be able to escape. I liked the idea of dressing them all different and having different masks, it gives the masked people more character and mystery behind them.
The location was one of the roads that lead into the pine barrens. We used my car and I had Ali play the "driver". Gotta give the pregnant lady the easy roles! Hannah and Adam, played the bad guys. I wanted there to be three people, so Adam had to do a costume change and I had to photoshop his second character in. It was simple enough since with the costume change and different mask you couldn't tell it was the same person. The weapons and flowers were props I brought from home. I really love this one, it came out so creepy! I think it was a perfect ending to the "terror" themed photos. The only change I might make would be maybe adding some blood to the outfits. Specially Hannah's tank top, she's a little too clean.
Here's the final picture, followed by some detail shots since it's a wider image.
it's hard to tell, but I made the clock say 6:66 because I could lol
One more blog post to do for this series! Be on the look out.
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