Making JEKYLL & HYDE

This is my recent photo project titled JEKYLL & HYDE.

I staged JEKYLL & HYDE as a triptych of 3 images: Before, Mid-Transformation, and After.

The classic story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886) operates on multiple levels.  It explores the duality of man.  It functions as a metaphor for drug addiction.  And it describes the epic clash between id and ego.

Ultimately, the story is about the fear of the loss of self.

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The star of this project was Chad Hawks. Chad previously played Jack the Ripper for me.  I think of the two characters as linked.  Both are Victorian boogeymen.  They even share the same top-hat.

Make-up effects were created by J. Anthony Kosar and Kosart Effects.

Demian Vela was on set to assist.

Lab props were loaned to us by Pamela Coggins at Noir Arts and Oddities.

This photo project was staged in the beautiful Victorian home of Kent Dicus and Michael Ohlson.

Thank you to everyone, especially Chad, for making this project a reality!

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See you next time!

 

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