Sunday, March 11, 2012

Divergent


Divergent, originally uploaded by margotwood.
Divergent, the young adult dystopian thriller written by Veronica Roth was the inspiration for this photo, the second in my young adult series.

Whew! This one was fun to photograph. A big, big thanks to my friend and actress Julia Bray for bravely taking on the role of Beatrice (Tris) Prior.

I had a zillion ideas for a Divergent photo. Originally, I wanted a shot of Tris jumping out of a moving train, but since that'd be really hard to pull off with zero access to any abandoned trains, I had to move on to the next idea. The next idea was going to be a shot of that scene with Tris at the top of the building about to zip line to the ground…again, difficult to pull off with limited resources.

So finally, I decided to not do a literal scene from the book, but to instead just do a shot of Tris doing something I imagine her doing with the member of Dauntless, and one of those things (at least in my head) is a lot of rooftop hopping and running and being awesome.

So to the roof we headed. I chose this roof because there are no modern buildings in site (except for the skyline in the background), but there's no fancy, modern glass apartment building or anything. This roof scene was older, which sorta fit well with the whole dystopian thing.

Divergent is a really action-packed novel, it reads like a Bruce WIllis movie, so I wanted to honor that action with an action-oriented photo. While this photo could have been shot way more intensely (at night, with more people, ect ect) I think for now I'm very happy with the way it came out. I'd love to be able to do a reshoot with fancy equipment, cooler locations, the works, but until that day comes when I have butt loads of cash to put towards this project, I'm pleased with the way it turned out and I hope you are too.

So what book is next on my list? Was thinking Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause - maybe that scene with Viv wakes up with blood on her hands. Or maybe a photo taken at The Strand bookstore for the book Dash and Lily's Book of Dares! Who knows, but by all means, please lend me your suggestions in the comments and stay tuned for more photos in the series!

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10 comments:

  1. I didn't finish the book, but from what I read, you've definitely captured the spirit with this shot!

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  2. Again , loving it! ( yes a train would have been awesome ) BUT I think it is also awesome you came up with another venue/idea that fits the story well :D Also - love the little dauntless symbol in the corner ;) I can't wait to see more from you ! How many are you doing? Oh and have you sent this one to Veronica Roth yet!?

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    1. Thanks for your comments!! Going to try and do the Blood & Chocolate one this week and maybe another one this weekend, depending on who I can get to pose for me.

      I did tweet this out to Veronica Roth and Harper Teen but neither responded! *tear!*

      Thanks again for the support!

      :)

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  3. I love this concept, I love the book choices, and I love the execution. So excited to see more.
    Karen, Teen Librarian's Toolbox

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  4. Oh my gosh this is so stinking fantastic. I can't wait to check out the others!

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  5. I love the little details you put in, like the Dauntless symbol on the wall. :D

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    1. Thanks! I'm surprised no one picked up on it yet, but I live in NYC and Divergent is set in Chicago so I had to photoshop the Empire State Building out and replace it with the Sears Tower!

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  6. This is awesome.

    Just sayin'.

    *scurries away*

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    1. Oh Veronica, you just made my month with that comment! I'm still working out the details, and in talks with the same actress who posed for me the first time around, but there is a photo for Insurgent in the works!

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  7. Oh wow this is brilliant! A friend of mine told me to go visit your page and I think what you're doing is awesome! The original idea of Tris jumping out of the train is perfect but I also think that'll be very difficult to do, and dangerous too.

    But nonetheless, still love your blog! :)

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