Across The Universe written by Beth Revis.
This sci-fi / dystopian novel is about a girl, Amy, who in the not-so-distant-future is cryogenically frozen along with a hundred other people and placed onboard a spaceship bound for a new Earth since the current one is not doing so well. She and the other frozen people are supposed to be woken up in 300 years, but Amy is unexpectedly woken up about 50 years too early and now Amy is stuck on that ship and mystery, murder and a budding romance ensue.
So why did I decide to do a photo for this novel? Well, the idea of doing a photo of a cryogenically frozen girl was just too good of a challenge to pass up. The scene where Amy is being frozen is raw, haunting and made me feel very, very cold. Literally, I think I had chills while reading it.
So if you read my earlier post you'll know that I had some trouble coming up with a way to execute this shot. The most important things to me were making sure that I got the blueness of the liquid correct, a tube that goes down Amy's throat and that Amy has red hair.
My original thoughts were to shoot this in a pool with a disposable underwater camera. I contacted my gym who has a pool and they were a little weirded out about having me reserve the pool all to myself so I nixed that idea. Next I thought about doing the shot in a bathtub, but I couldn't find a bathtub that was big enough. Then I thought about buying a giant aquarium and filling it up with colored water, but nixed that idea because it would be expensive. So finally I came up with a solution.
I decided to honor the beautiful color of this book and have Amy be lying down, like the black silhouetted girl on the cover. To get the frosted, frozen effect I took the glass from an 11x14 frame, wiped it down with blue Listerine and stuck it in the freezer for an hour. Once it was frozen, I took it out, where it promptly froze over the way I wanted it do when you take frozen glass into a warm room, and then held it in front of "Amy" and took the photo.
As for the tube. Well, I did contact a doctor about cryogenic freezing and what kind of tubes they would use. He said they'd most likely use something like an endotracheal tube in a size 7....whatever that means. After some googling, I realized I would never get my hands on such a tube unless I robbed a hospital and since I don't know any currently practicing doctors in the area, I figured I'd have to come up with an alternative.
So can you guess where I got the tube that's in this photo? It's from a pet store. It's the end of a blue tube that they use to pump water out of fish tanks! Cool huh? So in total, this photo cost me $20 to make and I could achieve from the comfort from my own apartment.
Seriously, never underestimate the power of creative problem solving.
But a big thanks goes to Beth Revis for writing such an inspiring novel! I hope this shot does the book justice!