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Danny's Photoshoot Meme [Dec. 13th, 2009|01:12 pm]
dalekboy
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Write to me if you'd like to know how I would like to photograph you. Don't tell me how you'd like to be photographed, it's my job to come up with something for you.

All your comments will be screened, so people will only see my replies to you. I will unscreen your original request only if you ask me to after I have replied.

Disclaimer time - I may need you to point me towards a recent photo of yourself since my memory for people's faces/bodies is often crap. Be warned, you may find the way I'd like to photograph you ridiculous, insulting, boring, obvious, exploitative, confronting, confusing, completely off the mark of how you see yourself, or completely uncreative. Worse still, I may not be able to think of anything for you. If I can't think of anything for you though, it probably means I just need to chat with you more, to spark some ideas.

Either that you or have no discernable personality.

Yes, I am mean. Tough it out, you bastards!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-13 09:34 am (UTC)
Actually, would have killed to photograph you with a big pregnant belly... so that's kind of absorbing my thinking at the moment...

Though you sneaking up behind your unsuspecting hubby in an exaggerated cartoonish manner with a feather has some appeal...

May have to ponder this some more...
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From: gutter_monkey
2009-12-13 09:54 am (UTC)
I can't remember if I replied to this or not!

You can unscreen me. :)
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-13 10:22 am (UTC)
You hadn't, but now that you have...

Oh God, so many ideas!

Actually, the Kray Brothers thing would be so awesome with you. But first preference, and yes, it's old and been done, but I'd love to do a whole big run of shots of you as the Tooth Fairy! Problem is, people would think we were ripping off the Tooth Fairy from Supernatural, but I don't care. We know the truth!

It'd actually be easy to get a really nice portait of you. You have a great face. But at the same time, you do extreme so very well, it's just too damned tempting to run with it. So...

Giant Scotty sitting and chatting with Godzilla over a ruined Tokyo. I have someone else this would suit also, but would work well with you.

Naked Scotty, in a tunnel somewhere, covered in blood and gore, holding his dolly out to the camera.

Actually, naked Scotty all bedraggled looking into the mirror, and behind his reflection is suited, professional looking Scott. So many possible expressions for pro-Scott - amusement, a cheer-the-hell-up look, disdain...

Oh! Perfect! Close shot of you, deadly serious, deep in thought, looking into the middle distance as you try to ignore the distractions. Around you, all different versions of yourself. Angry, amused, nervous, disappointed, delighted, etc. and all of them yammering away at you.

Now if only we had someone who had the photoshop skills... :P
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-13 10:47 am (UTC)
Damn, I've got a feeling of something running just below my conscious thoughts, but can't crystalise it...

Can you point me at some photos of you to help kick me off?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-13 12:54 pm (UTC)
For you I really am going to need some links to recent photos. How long has it been?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-14 05:36 am (UTC)
I've actually almost taken the sort of photo I think you'd be great for here. The Arse-Kicking Angel of the Lord. It's just that the pose with the hand is just a bit off.

But a whole sequence of these would be sweet. Big surly angel with a "Don't fuck with me," attitude and smallish wings. Arms crossed staring at the camera. Wielding a huge sword. Surrounded by demons and standing in a "Bring it on!" pose. There's so many great shots we could do, and you could so pull that off.

One of the things I love about you is also your ability to pull off the ridiculous well. So another two that spring to mind are one of you in a suit, looking surly and mean while drinking out of a tiny, very delicate, china teacup. I'd want it just being brought to your lips as you glare at the camera, with the cup dwarfed by your big hands.

The other version of that, you sitting down at a childs tea party set, pouring pretend drinks and having an absolute ball. Not sure if there would be children or toys on the other seats. Of course we'd probably have to seriously reinforce your little chair!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-14 06:00 am (UTC)
I had two with you, both of them harsh ones, which is odd because you're small and delicate looking. Or maybe that's why they occurred. I do love opposites.

One is you in army fatigues, in the middle of what is obviously a major battle, snarling and firing a machine gun or uzi. A totally "Don't fuck with me," one person versus insurmountable odds and isn't going to back down moment.

The other is in stark black and white. A long street, and for the whole length of the street, lying on the ground, are men's bodies. All big men, body-builder types, all oiled so great muscles and lines, and we can't see their faces. No idea if they're alive or dead. There's no-one else on the street except for you, and you're walking over them, on them, straight at the camera, a determined and grim expression on your face.

Part of me is trying to figure out what you'd be wearing, because it sort of feels like you should be wearing something, and part of me thinks you should be naked. I actually think naked would work best. Having see you naked, you have beautiful soft lines to your body, which would be a great counterpoint to the muscled lines of the bodies. But I can't quite shake the feeling you should be dressed, and I can't nail down what would work.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-14 06:05 am (UTC)
You're a hard one, partially because a portion of the sort of things I'd like to do have been done with you already. Then there's the painfully obvious ones which I'd just like to do because you're my mate, and I know you'd get a kick out of them.

Worst thing, at some point while lying around yesterday, I came up with one that I thought would be great, and would work. And do you think I can come up with the bastard now? Been trying to remember since you posted.

So will have to get back to you... There's something swirling around in the back of my head.
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2009-12-14 02:18 am (UTC)
You've heaps of photos of me, and I think a fair few ideas :-) Don't know if you've had any new ones since the last time we talked about this. I'm posting though because I'd be interested if you have any idea about how you'd shoot Sparrow. (gosh, that sounds wrong -grin-.) You can unscreen this.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-14 06:22 am (UTC)
One of the things about you is you're such a fabulous model because you're up for anything. If I said I wanted you stripped naked, covered in green goo and chicken feathers, hanging upside down from Sydney Harbour Bridge, I probably wouldn't have to work too hard to convince you. You'd go, "No... he must have something amazing in mind, and I'm only going to see it if I do this, so..."

Of course, it suddenly occurs to me that suggesting something like that would be a great practical joke. "Film in the camera? Why would I want film in the camera?"

Sparrow's a hard one because I'm not around her, so I haven't got much of a feel for her. That said, I have two ideas, one Sparrow based, one with you and her.

The set-up for the Sparrow one would be the key. You take a beautiful and elegantly arranged room with lovely furnishings, so nice art dotted around the place, some stylish personal effects. Then pick a spot in the room and set off a reasonably strong and firey explosive on the floor, so you have the burn lines and damage reaching out from that point.

Then it's a toss-up between Sparrow being sat at the epicentre of where the blast occurred, and getting a good black and white shot of just that - baby in the middle of the blast damage. Or exactly the same shot, but framed on either side by you and James in the foreground looking horrified at the destruction your little girl has created. Naturally for either version, the cuter and sweeter she looks, the better.

I'd call the shot "Parenthood" :)

The other one that comes to mind is you standing in a fighting pose, a knife or blade held out towards the camera in readiness to attack, and a "I'm going to fucking kill you!" expression on your face. Your other arm is holding Sparrow as she breastfeeds.
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[User Picture]From: stephbg
2009-12-14 08:00 am (UTC)
I'm game. Here's a batch of my Swancon costumes if that helps to identify me:

http://pics.livejournal.com/stephbg/gallery/00005w3s

We did the "So this is your first Swancon?" panel together this year.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-18 09:17 am (UTC)
I know who you are :)

Sorry for the delay, busy week.

Not much detail, and in some ways you've picked some costumes that almost suit what I've been thinking. I reckon you'd make an awesome Queen Boadicea, or a similar style of warrior queen. No great details, but I reckon going hell for leather in a chariot, and screaming like a banshee is a good starting point for the shoot.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2009-12-22 01:21 pm (UTC)
You're a good one, 'cos I love your skin. So first we'd have to flay that off and hang it... no wait. Sorry, where was I?

Ok, got a couple of ideas. Love to get you in a retro-future Jetsons style outfit and setting. Especially if we were playing with those 50s/60s stereotypes, so you're in the bizarre outfits, doing household chores with weird faux-modern equipment. Or reading a magazine while your robot does the chores.

Another would be to put you in a fairly tight battlesuit, and get you in a fighting pose. One leg stretched out behind you as you crouch down with one hand on the floor, looking towards the camera. All business and ready to go. I don't know why, but the weapon I'd like you armed with would be a futuristic staff of some description, held back behind you in your free hand.

Actually, that's one I could see your partner in as well. A gothic hitech Royal chamber, with her in an elaborate queen's garb on the ultra-modern throne in the background, with you in the above pose in the foreground - Queen's Champion.

Actually just came up with a third. Don't know the setting, but I suspect a hitech lab of some description. A series of shots that use 3D graphics after the fact to break you up and peel away parts of your skin to reveal robotic parts underneath.

Actually, could be cooler if done in an old garage somehere. Oh! Perfect! The previously mentioned engineer character with her one-step-above steampunk tech, in her dirty old overalls. You're like the classic car being rebuilt by an enthusiast.

First in the series could be your head, maybe getting an eye replaced, followed by various chunks of body and endokeletal structure which would allow us to concentrate on the engineer a bit, but still have your head there, silently commenting on what's going on with its expressions. So there could be a shot where the engineer is holding up two identical left arms and you're looking at them and frowning trying to decide between them. Or there's been a mishap and part of your unattached torso is on fire, the engineer has the fire extinguisher held ready to blast the flames, and you're looking on horrifed at the whole mess.
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