Archive for February, 2012

Making PERSEPHONE

February 29, 2012

This is the third and final photograph from my new project titled PERSEPHONE.

In Greek mythology, Persephone was a nature goddess who became Queen of the Underworld after being abducted by Hades.  When she is in the Underworld we experience winter.  And when she visits the world she brings with her spring, flowers, and the resurrection of life.  As both a Goddess of Spring, and the Queen of the Underworld – she exemplifies the tension between life and death.

Rebekah Whitt played the part of Persephone, and her SPFX Make-up was done by Shawn Shelton with Bandersnatch Studios.

David Greathouse helped with set construction.

The walls and archway of the set were made from plastic VacuForm panels that we painted to look like stone.

We dressed the set walls with fake foliage and roses, which were meticulously glued to the walls, one flower at a time.

Beki Ingram helped with set construction.

Demian Vela also assisted with set construction.

My wife Jen Hoffine assisted with set construction as well.

Beki Ingram painted hands and arms on 2 models.  I shot the model hands separately and used Photoshop to graft them onto the fake arms that I inserted into the set.  The out-of-focus hands in the foreground were photographed live in front of the camera, with the models kneeling beneath the lens of my camera.

See you next time!

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