Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Darkling


The Darkling, originally uploaded by margotwood.

A lot of people ask me when it comes to my YA-inspired fauxtos, do I take the pictures first and then find a book to match or read the book first then come up with the photo idea?

The answer, as of today, is YES.

Up until today I have always read the book first and then come up with the photo idea. Today was the first major blizzard NYC has had in three years. I have been waiting, so very patiently for this moment to arrive because I've been wanting to take snow pictures forever. Tonight, I was going to just take some self portraits in the snow doing snowy things but I'm tired of taking fauxto selfies and asked the boyfriend if he wouldn't mind posing for me. He has perfected the villain glare (it's his go-to pose) and so I told him to make like Benedict Cumberbatch and pop that collar and give me his best sexy, evil stare. This is the resulting shot.

I always share my fauxtos on Twitter and tonight when I shared this one, several people pointed out to me that this photo, his glare, his pose, his everything really reminded them of The Darkling - the sexy antagonist of one of my favorite YA fantasy series,  The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo. (Remember when I took this fauxto for the first book, Shadow & Bone?)

I'm not going to lie, I've been wanting to do a Darkling fauxto for years now and could never do it because IT NEVER SNOWED. When I originally took this shot, I was imagining it being a companion photo to this one I shot of my younger sister. So true, I did not imagine my boyfriend as The Darkling at this particular moment when I took this fauxto, but my original idea must have been in the back of my head the whole time because as my fellow YA fans on Twitter have pointed out, he resembles The Darkling quite a bit. (Thank you Gabby!)

So there you have it. I've broken my pattern. I took an unplanned photo and it somehow fit a book almost perfectly (the only thing I would change is the background - not too many brick walls in Shadow and Bone) and ended up being one of my favorite portraits I've ever taken.

So to my fellow photographers and artists –– keep coming up with ideas and keep searching for inspiration because sometimes even those random, unplanned, spontaneous moments can turn out to be some of your best work.

9 comments:

  1. Great pic! Lovely boyfriend - he definitely has the Benedict look down. What's it like to date someone who (whom? darnit) people compare to the darkling? :D

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    1. Well, I don't compare him to The Darkling. He IS The Darkling. The Darkling of my dreams. Lol. I love it. I'm not the type of girl to date the the milquetoast prince charming. I find that kind of guy boring, and trust me, I tried dating that type... But in reality he is a sheep in wolf's clothing. He may look like The Darkling (and he has also been compared to various other anime villains) but he has a heart of gold.

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  2. I can definitely see him as The Darkling. Fabulous picture!

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    1. Thank you! He's being so shy about this whole thing. I was like, "Sean, you're going to be YA famous!" and he was all shy boy about it.

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    2. Well shy or not, he pulled it off. :)

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  3. LOVE!!! Remember that time a long time ago you commented on my blog about Will's handsomeness? Well now is my time because Sean is DAMN GOOD LOOKING...esp with the villain smolder down. You guys are a hot couple. Now that he's become YA famous you and he can be the new Tahereh & Ransom! :P

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    1. 1.) I still want to do a Lola and the Boy Next Door fauxto with you and Will (he can be a Cricket, right?) and 2.) Sean and I do have a couple name: MarSean (pronounced like martian).

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  4. LOVE IT! He definitely fits the part! Great fauxto

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  5. I'm pretty much in awe of how perfect this picture is! Your boyfriend makes a great Darkling -- and you guys are such a good-looking pair ;)

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