This was taken as part of an assignment at college. As a group of five we built the set, originally based around a scene from the film The Third Man, though you wouldn’t be able to tell as we took it quite a way away from our starting point. We each then took our individual photographs, adding and taking way props as we saw fit. With our project we turned the character of Harry Lime into a vampire. In the film he fakes his own death, resulting in him having to live in the shadows. This makes him not unlike the living dead. He also deals in the blackmarket trade, that was thriving after the war, selling dodgy penicillin with devestating effects. Without going into too much contextual bullshit, my prop was the child’s dress hanging over the cot, the red light underneath representing evil and darkness with the dress being the only remains of the little girl that has fallen victim to our vampire. The yellow light shining down on the cot represents innocence, a sort of heaven and hell. I went a bit gel crazy on this but I wanted to do something totally outside of what I normally produce - isn’t that what art college is meant to be all about? In all honesty this project was absolute hell and I was glad to see it done. I worked closely with Mark Bosley throughout it so he deserves credit for not only putting up with me but also continuing to help and work with me even after the assingment was done - I have no idea why he hasn’t run screaming from all my ridiculousness! He also deserves credit for coming up with the original idea of changing the main character into a vampire. Shot on a Hasselblad with a digital back.
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