Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the 8th in my series of photographs inspired by young adult books. This photo was inspired by the upcoming (on sale in October!) book CREWEL written by Gennifer Albin.
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There's a story behind this photo, so bear with me. Somehow, through all of you awesome people who have helped spread the word about my photo project, Gennifer Albin found me on Twitter and said something along the lines of "Oh I wonder what she would do with Crewel!" and that my friends, was the beginning of this challenge.
I contacted Gennifer and from there she was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of her book and I proceeded to read and fall in love with it. It's a story that borders on sci-fi and dystopia with such a cool idea that I was really excited to try and figure out what I was going to do for a photo for this.
The book has some beautiful imagery. From the art deco lounges, to the descriptions of the oceans and especially to describing the weave and the looms. I imagine that getting a clear picture of what these two things are might have been a challenge for Gennifer but she handled it gracefully.
I originally thought about recreating a scene from the book, but decided that since it doesn't come out for a few months, it would be better to instead create a photo that I felt conveyed the essence of the story. I wanted the photo to be beautiful but also mysterious and hopefully spark some interest in finding out more about this whole "weave and looms" business.
To achieve this photo, I combed through Manhattan's fashion district and visited several fabric stores. I wanted to find a reflective, sheer fabric that could be stretched. I found three different ones, bought a few yards of each and then went home to take the test photos.
I was originally going to do this shot outside and use natural sunlight, but this test shot came out so well I'm not really sure I need to redo this! I would, however, LOVE to still recreate a scene from the book, especially a scene with my favorite character Cormac. So when you end up reading this book, try to think of a scene with Cormac that you think would be great for a photo because there's a good chance I'll be doing it!
Labels: young adult