Photo number three is my steampunk one, a la Gregory Maguire of Wicked fame:

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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 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!

Front of Gregory's heart
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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! 



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  • Beth Meadows

    Lauren, I just have to thank you for making this calendar. Gregory Maguire has opened a world up for me that is unexplainable! I’m also ecstatic about the fact his was steampunk…I’m hyperventilating over this! I mean Gregory Maguire+Steampunk=Awesome :) I love his work as well as your own. I am excited because now I know what to say I want for Christmas instead of “whatever”. You have amazing energy which pours into your work and I think it’s very well done. Your one of my new favorites, again thank you for creating such amazing art.

    • Lauren

      Thanks so much for the nice comments!

  • marlene

    Is the mistake the object inside the glass door to Gregory’s right?

    • Lauren

      Nope, it’s his sleeve on the arm holding the hat! I didn’t mind the reflection, since it looks realistic, like something’s in there.

  • Tiffany

    Great Calendar! Creative…curious about the mistake too…is it the wedding ring? just wondering if it was suppose to be part of character.

    • Lauren

      I didn’t mind the ring. No, it was the sleeve holding his hat, it’s sticking out funny.