Sunday, 15 April 2018

Dolly horror

Every week, Alley comes up with something inventive for her all-female photography group to shoot. Week 12 was 'horrify me - scare with a truly horrifying image.'

So.. up into the loft I went. I regularly go up there these days as just behind where the camera was positioned for this shot is my rather unglamorous walk-in wardrobe. Yes, I have so much shite I am now adding to the loft! Everything is in storage boxes and on lined up clothes rails - it would make quite a cool backdrop for another shoot, but yesterday I shot the other direction as I liked the clutter and the wooden beams, and I wanted some of the hatch opening in the shot too.

I used my Pixapro 308D constant light - bit obsessed with it right now.. the light doesn't travel very far, (more for headshots) but I like its coldness and the fall-off. Definitely going to be taking that to the Walter's Wardrobe photography event this coming week and I'm SO excited about that!
Back to this shot though - this is nothing like the kind of stuff I normally shoot. I never shoot horror or urbex or anything like that really, so it was a bit out of my comfort zone. I left the little lightbulbs on in the loft - there was one behind me in the distance - I thought it would help the lighting a bit and create a backlit effect, but the 308D mostly overpowered them.
I smudged a load of black eyeshadow all the way around both eyes and down my cheeks, pencilled in both waterlines with black eyeliner, blanked out my lips with concealer then drew black veritcal lines like stitches over the top using eyeliner. Didn't bother with any other make-up as I knew I wanted to the shot to be wide rather than close-up. The wig is an old one I don't use often but when I do, I usually love the results.

Anyway, imagine all your old dolls up in the attic came to life and were pissed off and wanted revenge for badly cutting their hair and leaving them to rot in the dirt & cobwebs, bahaha.

(Zoom lens on 20mm - settings are f5, ISO 800, 1/100th sec)
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