Part 3 of 6
Sometimes the images tell stories… the process of making them gets away from me and I fall into their world… however temporarily. Other times they start out as stories, or simply portraits… the idea of making a formal portrait of Dracula in daylight is fascinating to me, as is photographing The Bride of Frankenstein in a designer dress, or beach-wear. (Don’t tell me my subjects are toys!) I told you… they’re personalities.
As you might guess, the cost of contracting these fine actors and keeping them on the set can start to add up. When I’m lucky I get to borrow a figure and return it after I got my shot… But this doesn’t happen often enough… mostly I just buy them... and at some point, give them away... sending them into good homes. [I’ve a one-bedroom hobbit hole on the side of a small San Francisco hill... how many of these actors can I properly feed and care for? I do hang on to the ones that might be used in future images, though sometimes it’s difficult to know in advance.]
Most of my pictograms are a celebration of the great movies and characters that help us escape reality.
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