Sunday, March 18, 2012

Daughter of Smoke and Bone


Daughter of Smoke and Bone, originally uploaded by margotwood.
I am very excited to introduce you to the third in my series of photos inspired by young adult books! This one was inspired by Daughter of Smoke and Bone written by Laini Taylor. This book is a fantasy gem filled with angels, demons and one badass chick with blue hair. Seriously, blue hair - how could I not do a photo for this book!?!?

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The biggest challenge with a book like this was figuring what I wanted to portray in the photo. There were so many possibilities, in fact if I ever won the lottery, I would totally redo this photo and instead do the scene with the giant marionette on the bridge. (If you haven't read the book yet, stop what you're doing right now and go get a copy!) I also briefly thought of portraying Karou in art class sketching a naked dude, but ultimately decided that was probably not the best scene to do, even if it would have been fun.

I finally settled on an easier idea for this photo, I wanted to portray both Karou and a door through which she enters the demon world. Why those two? Well Karou is an obvious choice because she's the blue haired protagonist who is such an unusual and unique character that I had to honor her in someway. I wanted to include a doorway in the shot because doors have a lot of meaning in this book and they are a central point to the story. I amended this post (mainly just this paragraph) because it was revealed to me that previously I was being to spoilery, so instead I'll just tell you that you'll have to read the book to truly understand the scene I'm trying to capture in this shot.

The second biggest challenge for this photo was finding a cool doorway. I went on two scouting trips in my Brooklyn neighborhood and while I did find some cool doors, especially on a few old cathedrals, I ultimately went with this location because it was isolated from cars and humans - I had the whole street to myself. Since this was a self-portrait, it was important that I find a place where I didn't have to fear someone stealing my camera or having people watch me with confused faces.

I also chose this spot because of the white building. I knew in my head I wanted a muted palette so the blue hair (and Karou) would stand out and a darker building would have been difficult to photograph blue hair against. When I read the book I just envisioned a world of dark greys, blacks, ash, smoke and bone, but I also imagined all those colors being subdued, hence why I wanted a muted photo.

So thanks to a little Photoshop wizardry, I was able to add the handprint to the door and those tattoos (no Dad, they aren't real, you can calm down now) -and voila! You have my tribute to the fantastic and beautiful Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

18 comments:

  1. Wow, your photos are BEAUTIFUL. I totally love them!

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  2. I ADORE this photo! Poor, poor Karou...

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  3. This is gorgeous! I knew as soon as I saw it that it was a DoS&B tribute. :)

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    1. Oh good! I was hoping certain details like the tattoo and hand print would help someone get there if the blue hair didn't do it already. :)

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  4. Wow, I haven't read the book, but I LOVE the blue hair.

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    1. Thanks Reina! I seriously considered dying my hair that color after I shot that. Too bad it would be a bitch to maintain.

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  5. This is fantastic! I love the book and the photo is gorgeous! I really hope you do more of these YA photography projects because the three so far are brilliant!

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    1. Aww thank you so much Alwyn! So far I've been able to do one a week and that's my goal for the rest of the spring/summer. Maybe one week I'll take a vacation from work and just do like a million photos. That'd be pretty sweet...

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  6. I love them all so far, but this one is my favorite. I love the blue against the grey of the rest. Absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Thank you!!! Glad you're liking the series! Next up is probably going to be Ashfall by Mike Mullin. That'll be a fun one to try and pull off.

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  7. I LOVE IT!!! Love the colors, especially the blue hair! Absolutely beautiful.

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  8. Still my FAVORITE. Love it love it.

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  9. Ooh, her hair is PERFECT, sort of magically shiny. Also, that doorway has the right grungy feel to it. :)

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  10. wow, is Karou!!! Is a beautiful photo !! Congrats! :)

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  11. One of my favorite books EVER!! Your choices for this book were spot on. I so totally wanted to dye my hair after reading this book and the vibrancy of the blue in your photo makes me want to do it again, lol! The doorway is so totally cool as well. Love love love! :)

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  12. Beautiful photo! The blue hair really stands out. This is one of my favorite fantasy novels, I love Laini's lyrical writing. This reminds me that I still need to read the sequel. Have you read her collection of short stories in Lips Touch? That's another lovely book with illustrations done by her husband.

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