Blood on the floor…

April 23, 2011 - Blog / news / Pictures / Projects

So this week I had a lot of fun shooting photos for two flyers for concerts on 9th May (DREAMS, Out Hear, Kings Place) and 10th & 11th September (CONTACT, Kings Place Festival).  I was in Chester the last weekend visiting my parents, and bless them for being good sports and dousing me in blood, painting me, and photographing me.

The first was a zombie pic – basically to tie into the ‘zombie’-ish theme of the Schmürz (the opera I’m writing), of which were presenting two preview scenes on 9th May at Kings Place.  I was reading the text for the amazing piece of Sciarrino – Infinito Nero – that we’re also performing, and was struck by the opening stanza, that really fits in with this pic too!

‎”The spirit was transforming into blood, understanding nothing but blood, seeing nothing but blood, tasting nothing but blood, feeling nothing but blood, thinking nothing but blood, unable to think anything but blood. And everything it did, submerged and sunk it into that very blood.”

So, courtesy of a wonderfully effective and sugary recipe for fake blood from the CBBC (really!) I spent some time perfecting the consistency and gloss on the gore…

Fake blood: here's one I made earlier...

 

So a quick wrap-up in bandages, a good dose of blood all over it and standing in front of the fridge, which gave a nice clear white background… and hey presto….

Zombie out-takes.. Thanks Mum.

Bit of photoshopping to make the eyes a bit more supernatural and add the text…

Finished flyer for DREAMS.

 

Sadly it seems that this flyer is a bit too disturbing for some punters, and I have made a less bloody one for the more faint-hearted.

The second photo was more of an experiment… mainly using the idea of ‘Music Roadkill’ for the CONTACT project I’m doing with Lucia Tong in Kings Place in September… the fourth festival installation I’ve done for them… and this one the most ambitious (and perhaps technologically risky!) to date…

So the idea was to be a kind of CSI body outline…

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painted over with a basic stave… all the more cheesy for the treble clef (dammit, why didn’t I think to add a key signature?  out of practise..).  Nan’s old bedsheet on the patio, painted over… and my dad painting me in black paint in a kinda of loincloth… a bit of an odd experience.  Mum took the photos from above from the the first floor bedroom window…

The photo we used for the final flyer, before photoshopping.

Music Roadkill Out-take.

Then with a bit more photoshopping to turn me into Avatar and remove the domestic context:

CONTACT: Get in touch with the floor...

Such a fun day.  I should give up on the music and just take photos…. Mum said it was just like doing messy hand painting and stuff with us when we were toddlers…

 

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