Friday, November 23, 2012
The latest addition in my series of photographs inspired by young adult photos. This one was inspired by the YA novel, BEAUTY QUEENS written by Libba Bray.
This book is about a plane full of teenage beauty pageant contestants who crash onto an island and must use their pageant skills to survive.
Oh dear god, what is there to say about this photo? It's a disaster....in the best possible way.
I owe a huge debt of thanks to several people for making this photo happen:
1. My mom for handmaking those sashes which each represent the state those girls live in. Even though you can't see it: California, Kansas and Georgia.
2. My boyfriend for actually helping me to buy those tacky pageant dresses. He graciously braved a shopping trip and even picked out a few dresses, claiming the ones I selected weren't "pageanty enough".
3. My sisters (the two on the left) and my cousin (on the right) for not only allowing me to put awesomely-bad makeup on their beautiful faces and mussing up their hair, but donning those dresses a few hours before Thanksgiving dinner and braving the cold ocean air in front of MANY families to pose for me.
4. A big thanks to the author of the book, Libba Bray, for writing such a visual, hilarious and entertaining story. The second I started reading this book I knew I wanted to do a fauxto for it. So thank you Libba for sparking my imagination is giving me a memorable project to work on during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Yes, we got a lot of raised eyebrows and a few "what pageant did you just come from?" questions, but mostly what we got was this awesome photo. This, to me, may be the closest a photo has ever come for me to looking exactly how it is in my head. Most photos look different in my head than they do in the final product, but this is the closest so far.
I feel like after this photo I have a duty to add more comedic books to my roster. Because if they are this fun to read and then do photos for, I need to do MANY, MANY more in the future!
Labels: young adult