If you have followed my Facebook or Instagram feeds you will know that one of my personal projects is my series on creepy dolls. The last couple of weeks I feel as if I have taken these photos to a whole new level. The first started with the photo I took in an abandoned factory in Paris, TN. I loved the way the photo turned out.
So after this photo, I started to look for more inspiration. One of my favorite artist to listen to to get my imagination blooming is Owl City. Their music is so interesting with their sound and what they sing about. I was listing to them the other day while at work, occasionally jotting down ideas as they spawned in my head. I was listening to Plant Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOq8rzY5rF4. While the link does not take you to their official page, it is an opportunity to hear where my inspiration came from and just maybe you can see in the photo where that came from.
While this imaged did require some post processing, it was not a lot. I took a few photos while I was building this image as a little behind the scenes. I dropped my fiancé off at work and was driving by the lumber display and saw some new privacy fence boards that were fairly cheep, that would work for the image I was trying to create. I threw 20 boards into the back of my tiny little Chevy Spark and headed to Kroger to get some wildflowers.
After I gathered everything I needed, I headed back home to get everything set up. I decided rather then bringing all of the lumber to the lower part of the house where I usually do my studio work, I would set up in the garage instead. Turns out that was a great idea, however I had to make several trips upstairs with all of my lighting and camera equipment, but at least the mess of the shoot was contained in an area that could be swept outside. Here are a couple photos from the setup. Mind you these photos were taken with my android phone where composure and exposure was not the objective, they were meant for a behind the scenes to the shoot.
Everything was ready for the shoot. I went to out to my car to grab a model (doll). My fiancé does not let me keep them in the house for understandable reasons. I opened the trunk, I had a broken doll, a boy doll and a doll with no eyes. I had to get another doll. I made a quick run to the thrift store down the street and ended up walking out of there with three dolls. The photo above shows the setup with the new doll. I tried to make a dust using baking powder and cigarette ash to make it look as if the doll had been lying there for a while, but that idea did not work out very well.
I finished the shoot just in time to go to dinner with my fiancé and return what I didn't need after the shoot.
I hope you enjoyed this behind the shoot.