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!