Original shot taken on August 31, 2010 at Living Landscapes, Huntington Beach, CA. Final edit on October 1, 2010.
Model: Marzstar Fatale
I’ve been friends with Marz for near 20 years. I’ve thought about shooting her, pretty much since I began shooting. She’s fun and holds a great energy. we made some great stuff. This piece was part inspiration, part suggestion, and part spur of the moment. As you read, you’ll see what I mean.
About the set up: These are the same steel panels from This shot with Sarah, that I posted a week ago. You can scroll down for more details on them. There’s a piece of white fabric behind them. There was one 150w floodlight on the left. The floor is concrete.
About the props: The thing on her back is actually an antique Arabian camel’s yoke. And believe it or not, it’s just been sitting in my friend’s office at Living landscapes. I saw it the first time I came by, and wanted to shoot it then. That was probably a year prior to shooting this. As Living Landscapes is a gardening business, they have lots of supplies and tools for this laying about. It was suggested to me (playfully) that I make use of the knee pads and gardening gloves. Okay. The goggles, were my own creation: Led lights, sunglasses frames, elastic, and black masking tape. The lights themselves were powered by AAA batteries also in the eye socket area. The model was blind for this shot.
About the edit; I really wanted this piece to be equal parts Science Fiction and dream-scape. For this reason I went with exaggerated highlights and shadows, and put in the “Fog.” Although the goggles were lit, I brightened up the beams with Photoshop.
Original shot taken March 14, 2011, my home in Costa Mesa, CA. Final edit March 16, 2011.
Model: Grace McClain
My original idea for this image was to have briars, or branches growing out of the model’s mouth. Before the model arrived, I shot some images of dried grapevines, that spiraled upward. My intent was to composite them in later. But the more I worked on this piece, the more I wanted to replace the vines with something else. Grace has a wonderful energy, and with her coloring, and blond hair, it became apparent that it needed to be something powerful, and explosive.
Whether she is expelling the energy, or swallowing it, is up to you. As with all of my work, this was edited with Photo Shop. The background textures are all from my personal stock, and the energy beams were hand done with my track-ball mouse.
As an aside; I have a print of this hanging up at work, and it’s printed on silver photo paper.