From Abbey’s first photo shoot with Dim Horizon Studio, this is the second set of images from an exciting afternoon at Sloss Furnaces Historical Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama.
I’ve often say that any costume project of mine isn’t really complete until the folks at Dim Horizon Studios turn their lens toward it. It’s a true thing.
I’m always excited by their interest in these costume projects, thrilled with their keen eye for outstanding settings and – after years of working with them – deeply grateful for the close personal friendship that emerged from our mutual professional interests. I’m especially glad when they have client bookings in my city – because these occasions bring us together for gaming, goofing off, good times… and sometimes a photoshoot!
These are the first official images of the Stained Glass “Abbey” project as captured and crafted by Dim Horizon Studio at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. (this is the first half of the images from the shoot – the second set will follow in the next post.)
And the costume is now complete. 😀
This is the first set of images for the Trolloc costume I made for JordanCon 2012. As an uber-fan of the Robert Jordan book series ‘The Wheel of Time’, it was a project that I wanted to attempt for a while. But it was only when a fellow fan – and master costumer – suggested a group cosplay of Trollocs for JordanCon that I really considered making a run at it. I knew I had to make it using mostly recycled items, but bits of it would have to be made from scratch (my Kryptonite). Still, I cobbled the Trolloc together, stormed the halls of JordanCon with the group and had an amazing time wearing it.
These images include fellow fan, artist and artisan Paul Bielaczyc of Aradani Studios. His Trolloc is really a master work. How good was it? It was so realistic that someone seeing it called the police to the Sopes Creek park where we were doing this photo shoot, and reported that there were – and I quote – “Monsters in the park.”
The Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department arrived (along with another patrol car) in response to the call. Once they rolled up, they confirmed that the “monsters” were in fact merely harmless, eccentric costumers making pictures in the woods. The police made their own pictures – Evidence, I think – asked us not to eat the hikers, and left with a smile.
My own costume was a serious beta version. My first attempt at a big mask sculpt (using model magic) was a bust – and this Trolloc headpiece no longer exists in its original form, as it deteriorated after a few outings. Still, Dim Horizon Studio captured it in pictures while it didn’t look too bad. Honestly, they make everything look good. The images hint at what could be – a Trolloc build, done right. It’s on my list.
The Steampunk-inspired Tooth Fairy is one dark-as-hell vision of a night-time tooth collector who doesn’t always wait for teeth to come out on their own. She’s equipped with vintage dental tools for extraction, irrigating (and digging when necessary). If she’s feeling especially generous, she can also dispense spirits (via her “swish & rinse”) that may take the edge off her procedure.
Joined by fellow fans of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” book series – fans who also play the costume side of things – I shared a grand afternoon at Sopes Creek park outside of Atlanta with the photographic talents of Dim Horizon Studio.
I think what made this photo shoot special was that each costumer brought along their knowledge of the books and ALL the characters – which helped each of us stage and style some really amazing images. (There are also some really silly pictures that captured the fun we were having with the shoot.)
Some of the images from this afternoon of photography were also featured at JordanCon, an annual convention celebrating the legacy of author Robert Jordan. Fellow photo subjects include: iObject Cosplay, Aradani Studios and John Strangeway.
I once saw an artist’s concept of what they thought the Apple iPhone’s “Siri” might look like. She was in a modern, white, sterile environment and had a mohawk of wires rising out of her skull. It was lovely (and so cool!), but I had my own ideas about how Siri might perform in a Dieselpunk kind of world. My kind of world.
This “Siri” incorporates old telephone parts, wiring etc., zip ties, along with salvaged hardware, and cast-off clothing. She embodies the punk aspects of what a helpful communications assistant in a more Dieselpunk setting might look like. These images do not include the (salvaged) fiber optic plug-ins that illuminate the mohawk.
The following images of my own vision of Siri were captured by Dim Horizon Studio (Atlanta) at the Historic Lyric Fine Arts Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama. The Lyric is a grand old vaudeville theatre (1912) that has fallen on hard times over recent decades of neglect. With special permission from its conservators, we carefully navigated its interior for this photo shoot. Peeling lead paint, shedding asbestos, exposed wiring and soft spots in flooring were only a few of the hazards that our team skirted during the shoot. In spite of her current state of dishevelment, we were all captivated by her lovely bones and her century-old beauty. It’s official. We’re in love with this old lady.
In recent years an energetic group of dedicated saviors have been working to save and restore this architectural masterpiece — with great success. If you would like to contribute to her rescue and repair, please consider donating to the worthy effort at http://lightupthelyric.com/!