Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Forest of Hands and Teeth


The Forest of Hands and Teeth, originally uploaded by margotwood.
Some of you follow me on Twitter, so you know that I love books, young adult books in particular (okay, so they're actually the only books I read) but nonetheless I love them. But I also love photography, and this winter I decided I was going to come up with a way to combine my two favorite past times and thus this new photo series was born: photos inspired by my favorite young adult novels.

While this is an ongoing project, and my goal is to complete 20 photographs by who knows when, I want to keep you all up to date with my progress, thus I am blogging about the first one I've completed.

This photo was inspired by the book The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. It is one of the most visually stimulating novels I've ever read, Carrie Ryan truly has a knack for descriptive settings and I wanted to honor her talent by creating a photo that was equally as visually stimulating.

Her book does indeed have zombies and it follows the main character, Mary, as she escapes her weirdly religious cult-like village during a zombie invasion. At certain points in the novel, Mary fantasizes about giving up and giving herself over to the undead and accepting her fate. The expression I tried to capture on my face was during one of those moments, when Mary's will to survive seems to dissipate and her acceptance of death reigns.

Am I happy with the outcome of this photo? In some ways yes and others no. This isn't really the photo I had originally envisioned, but given the fact that I had NO resources and only one other person to help me (my friend Allison whose hands you see here), I have to say I am damn proud of being able to at least accomplish this with such limitations.

Another thing I'm proud of with this photo are those hands. Allison's hands in the original, unedited version are just normal hands with a little bit of dried mud here and there. So I had to learn how to zombie-fy them in photoshop, and I'm proud to say that now I'm an expert in that, although they could use a few open sores and gaping wounds.

I plan on editing those photo even further, perhaps adding a hand on my shoulder or neck from one of the other photos we took, and if I do, no doubt I'll be back here to tell you all about how I accomplished that in photoshop because as of right now, I'm really sure even I know how to do that and make it look real.

So stay tuned for updates on this photo and hopefully another YA inspired shot coming soon...

19 comments:

  1. Very cool! I love it and I think it really captures the mood of the book.

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  2. so interesting! cant wait to see wait to see what other books you tackle!

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    1. Thanks Bookworm! Got any suggestions? So far I was thinking maybe one from Divergent (something with train tracks and jumping off a train possibly), maybe even Blood & Chocolate....not sure, there are too many good ones to choose from. Suggestions?

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    2. OMG BOTH!!! those were honestly Both in my head!

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    3. Oh yes!! For Blood and Chocolate I had the idea of doing some kind of closeup of a girl eating a piece of chocolate with blood all over her hands....too literal?

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    4. no way * tried to remember specific scenes in book - its been almost a year * isnt there a morning where she wakes up in bed with blood all over her? I can picture myself waking up in bed like that and being like NEED CHOCOLATE lol

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    5. Oh man, I think there might be a scene like that! I can't remember, I gotta re-read it immediately.

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    6. I think it could be fun :) curled up in bed, blood and dirt everywhere, munching on some chocolate like crazy lol

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  3. *Mindlessly follows blog*

    ^^ No pun intended, as this post was about a book about zombies.

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    1. *arms outstreched, faint groan comes from mouth that hangs open, eyes rolling back in head as I follow you back*

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  4. ::Adds to google reader::

    Great expression and hairstyle. Also I love the backlighting. Makes you look crazy ethereal.

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  5. You already know my comments via email, hehe, but in short: great hair, perfect expression of Mary (very self-aware, not afraid) and love the richness of the colors (b/c usually zombie stuff is all gray and blah).

    I can't wait for the rest of the series!

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  6. I am extremely keen to see what you come up with next!

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    1. Thanks Holly! I know I'm definitely doing a photo for Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley, Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Blood Red Road by Moira Young - just not sure when I'll be getting around to them!

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  7. Ah Ha! I got this one correct over at The Passionate Bookworms blog. It was the first book that came to mind and suits it very well. Bravo!

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    1. Oh yay! I'm glad that she did that, such a neat idea! It's also nice to know that people can get what book inspired them without having to be told. Guess I'm doing something right! :)

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  8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a New York Times best-selling post-apocalyptic zombie novel by first-time author Carrie Ryan that is marketed to young-adults. teethwhiteningkits2you

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