Monday, September 3, 2012

Anna Dressed In Blood


Anna Dressed In Blood, originally uploaded by margotwood.

The latest addition to my "Young Adults" collection is this photo inspired by the creepy book, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake.

Essentially, I am playing a girl who was murdered 60 years ago and now I spend my days haunting a house in Canada (but in this shot....New Jersey). Oh and I murder people...quite gruesomely.

There's waaay more to the story than that, but I'll just let you read it to learn more for yourself.

So I jumped at the chance to do a photo for this one. I mean, come on. A bloody ghost?! Hell yea I want to do that. However, this is one of those photos where the idea in my head didn't quite come to fruition.

Things started out great. I found the perfect modest, white dress for less than $30 and I procured a jug.....no seriously, a JUG!!.....of blood. Things are looking up at this point. I even found a friend of mine who knew of a creepy house in the middle of the woods in New Jersey. Double score! Then I wake up this morning and it's cloudy out. Triple score! (For non-photog people, if it's cloudy out, grab your cameras because the lighting for any photography is 1000000x better when it's overcast.)

So my friends and I make our way to the Hacklebarney State Park in Long Valley, New Jersey and we start hiking out to the house. That's when things start going a little off course.

1. The bastard sun came out. Now all those deep rich colors I got from the forest are bright greens and yellows. YUCK.

2. The fake blood is basically pink.

3. The "house" in the woods turns out to be a bathroom. Ha! But that's okay, I snuck around back and assumed no one would come by for awhile since we didn't pass anyone on the way out there.

4. We make do with the blood. Everything is all set. We take a bunch of photos before I realize that I had the wrong settings on my camera. HEY, REMEMBER, I'M FAUX. I STILL MAKE TONS OF MISTAKES.

5. By the time I get my camera settings all right, we get about 5 more shots under our belts before SURPRISE! An Asian tour group shows up and stumbled upon my odd scene.

Now, imagine you are out hiking on a nice day with your family. You see a bathroom house, and go around to the ladies entrance and you see a girl in a white dress drenched in blood. You'd probably freak out. And these Asian ladies did too. They furiously began pointing, whispering and jaw dropping until I decided to stop letting them freak out and I showed them my jug 'o blood. Immediately they relaxed, giggled and then proceeded to take pictures. I asked if they wanted a photo of me with them....they declined.

6. So once I was spotted, I knew my time was up. I didn't have a chance to check any of the shots we had before cleaning up and heading out so I just shrugged and figured everything would turn out in the end.

So after MANY layers of work in photoshop, I was able to achieve this final product. I am happy and pleased with what I have here, but I think I couldn't have made a better photo. I think it would have been better for me to be behind the camera on this one, but oh well. It's hard to get people to pose for you when you tell them that fake blood will be dumped on them.

And by the way...I'm two showers in and that blood STILL hasn't worn off. And yes, New Yorkers will look at you funny if you walk around Penn Station looking like you just killed your dinner.

So anyway, voila! Here is it. I hope is as creepy as the book is, which I doubt because the book IS really creepy. But hopefully this captures some of the essence of Anna and her turmoil and the life she is stuck with. A life of sticky fake blood, Asian tourists and stinky bathrooms in the middle of the woods.

17 comments:

  1. Haha, regardless of the crazy. It's an AWESOME photo.

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  2. Yes! Very creepy (this entire post cracks me up, by the way...just everything). I don't like seeing you looking so gross, though. brrr. (me shivering)

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    1. Sarah, I'll try to pick a less creepy book to do next time. :)

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  3. Awesome picture, and even more awesome post :) I loved Anna Dressed In Blood too!

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    1. THANK YOU! I always have trouble writing these posts because, well, I'm no writer. But this one just sort of flew right out of me! Are you as excited for the next Anna book as I am?

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  4. Love it, so creepy. I love this book!

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  5. i'm not sure if the photo or the story about the Asian tourists is better... OK, they're both AWESOME! :D

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  6. Beautiful photo Margot. Photoshop in a bloody knife (in your hand or on the ground) and it's perfection. Love the story as well.

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  7. It's a great photo with a GREAT story behind it! An Asian tour group, ohmygosh that's hilarious.

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    1. Thanks Marissa! By the way, you should have seen my face when I realized it was you commenting on this post. Total "squee" moment! Don't think I've forgotten Cinder either. I still have an epic one planned for that, I'm just still trying to figure out how I'm going to make a cyborg foot!

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  8. (P.S. The next Anna book is AMAZING. You'll love it.)

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  9. This is a beautiful photo. You should submit some of your work to Canon’s Project Imaginat10n: http://bit.ly/QFxlMd

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    1. Thanks for the link Allie! I hadn't heard of this project before, but sounds like something I should be participating in! Thanks for your kind words and if you ever have a book rec for this series, let me know!

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  10. Gorgeous picture! And I love the story about the women in the bathroom...oh lody! They must have been freaking out! Maybe one day you'll do a shoot of CANARY! ; )

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  11. I love, love, love it! Man you've got the creep face going on! I can only imagine what that family was thinking. Both hilarious and horrifying, I'm sure. Also, I did a horror short not too long ago and it's pretty easy to make some good-lookin' blood: karo syrup, red food coloring and chocolate syrup. And it's verrry sweet, too. ;)

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  12. This one is AMAZINGLY creepy even though you are beyooootiful! I'm DYING about you getting caught. I hope that when we go on our photoshoot that somebody mistakes me for a real live Amish girl. I'll do something scandalous I think.

    ALSO I have this on my Nook and I reallyyy need to read it!

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  13. For real, where in jersey is this?? [my home state! ;)]

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