Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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...
Labels: young adult