These photos of the Steampunk Bird Hybrid by photographer Chase Lawrence of Affliction Cosplay Photography are some of my favorites – especially for the colors that bloom in his images! We had a great afternoon at Sloss Furnace capturing some cool photos together. I’m especially grateful to Chase for tapping me for these Steampunk images which were later featured in “We Rise” magazine. It was an honor to be included and I hope that I’ll have the chance to work with him again!
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. 😀
Most of my work is inspired by one simple item; a vintage element or salvaged piece that begs a costume to grow organically around it. For example, the Steampunk Bird Hybrid idea grew from an earring that looked like the tip of a bird’s talon. As the costume evolves and develops, so does the story behind it.
For example: Miss Ava Fortune was once a lovely and celebrated high-wire artist known as “The Bird of Bombay”, but hungry for even broader fame, she sought the help of a disreputable Calcutta doctor – a man whispered about as dabbling in forbidden and fledgling genetic science. She paid him to imbue her with bird-like traits that would enhance her high-flying performances. But alas, the experimental treatments only left her disfigured and deformed, and a bit demented (hence, the muzzle on her beak.) Now Miss Fortune flits among the shadows, an exotic outcast in the Bombay underworld.
The following images were captured by Dim Horizon Studios during a visit to Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama. The costume “Miss Ava Fortune” was crafted by Paige Gardner Smith almost entirely from salvaged, re-purposed and re-cycled materials.