Tuesday, March 12, 2013
This fauxto was inspired by the new sci-fi young adult book, MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza.
The book is about a teenage girl who lives her life thinking she's a normal girl, only to discover that she is actually an android. This book has been optioned to be a TV series with producer Shonda Rimes! (She also produces Grey's Anatomy and Scandal)
(Spoiler? This isn't really a spoiler, more just me helping put this shot into context since this book just came out and you probably haven't read it yet. )
This shot is a recreation of a specific scene in the book after Mila discovers what she is. She is given a USB card to download the files off of, and to do so, she must insert the card into her android body's hidden USB slot in her wrist.
The thing about doing fauxtos for sci-fi novels is trying not to go overboard. I could have done many "out there" concepts but instead I chose to make this moment, this scene, this fauxto as real as possible. The heart of MILA 2.0 is that Mila feels human. She has no idea she is an android and spends the entire novel grappling with what it means to be human...and machine.
Now, I did make some style decisions that also reflected the sci-fi of it. This shot is really bright. REALLY BRIGHT. I did that on purpose (in Camera Raw, by the way, not with lighting) because to me, something about starkness and high contrasts equals high-tech. I don't know why I think that way. I'll go ahead and blame it on Apple products.
As for taking this shot...holy mother of god was this a pain in the ass. As with any closeup photograph, the important thing is making sure you get your focus right. Doing that while being in front of the camera and having no one to help you out makes you want to pull your hair out. I think I went back and forth about 20 times trying to get this right. If anything, this experience could mean one of the last times I'm in front of the camera. It's incredibly frustrating, time consuming and exhausting. My entire process would be so much faster if I could just learn how to convince people to pose for me.
So that's my next fauxtographic goal. Expand my network of people willing to pose for me. If you're a friend of mine, lookout, because I'm coming for you.
Anyways, if you haven't read the book but are now intrigued to do so, my job here is done. If you have already read it, I would love your feedback on this shot!
Note on sharing: As with all my fauxtos you are free to share, tweet, tumble, pin, whatever my shots as long as you give credit where credit is due. Just a simple link back to this site or my Flickr page is fine. Respect the artist, respect the art. :-)