Photo number three is my steampunk one, a la Gregory Maguire of WickedÂ fame:
This photo evolved a lot. The initial idea was a clockwork librarian, sitting dusty and disused in the corner of some books somewhere. But to make it authentic I needed old books. I contacted the Boston Library, but it was inconvenient and expensive to shoot there, so I had to make another plan. So we decided to shoot in front of Gregory’s writing shed in his back yard, thinking it looked like a carriage house, and he the automaton waiting on a dark night for the master to return home.
Whether the first or second plan though, I knew I wanted a clockwork heart. And I knew I didn’t have the time or talent to do it justice. Thanks again, google, for I was able to find the lovely Kimberly of monsterkookies.com who makes steampunky and creepy and cool things in polymer clay, including whimsical, pseudo-anatomically correct clockwork hearts. I talked about what I wanted, and she provided me with the best possible results!
Rigging up the heart to look like it was a part of him was a challenge, but with some sink tubing from Home Depot, rubber cement, spray paint, hot glue, and fishing wire, I managed to rig it to his chest with some straps.
Overall I’m really happy with this one, and it is the photo that is most finished at this point (there’s one mistake I still need to photoshop out, can anyone find it?). But I love the feel, the pose, everything about this photo captures the essence I wanted for a steampunk photo. Did I think ahead of time that Gregory, writer of Oz fiction, was a steampunk Tin man? Not really, haha. But he didn’t seem to mind wearing a heart on his chest, and I think the final result is awesome.
Gregory has a wonderful facebook page you should totally follow, and of course his fab website. And if you’re stopping here for the first time, be sure to check out the other released calendar photos and also learn about the project. Stay tuned later this week when another image is revealed! :) Also, don’t forget to pre-order the calendar!Â