Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Joshua Gagnon: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Joshua Gagnon's work with Rob was certainly not the New Hampshire artist's first foray into the world of the wicked. In fact. over the years he has created many scenarios delving into the dark side. Below are three of my favorites, along with the artists own words about how they all came together.

Jack O' Lantern
Model: Andrew

'This was the first set from a shoot i recently did with Andrew, the theme was creepy, and Halloween based. Andrew asked for this shot so he could utilize it for a film he is writing and directing involving a serial killer. I didn't feel it at first until the photo was completely retouched and then I stood back and looked at it really happy with the way it turned out.'

'Andrew came baring the small jack o' lantern, the fog machine (which we already established that I didn't want any part of at first) and requested to be greased up to look shiny. He brought witch hazel for this. The girl at the store told him it would make him shiny. This was a close your eyes and shake your head scenario, and I think we all had a chuckle, obviously witch hazel is an astringent and wont do anything besides dry up your skin and work (wonderfully i might add) as a toner. So I acted quickly and grabbed the olive oil. Yes folks, the shine you see on Andrew's body was Olive oil, that was an interesting experience.'

''This was a last minute photo we grabbed when I realized he could bend this way, it kind of didn't look human. I was honestly just in shock that he could bend like this haha, but he's an amazing dancer so I should have guessed. This is the benefit to working with dancers over regular models, they do interesting things with their bodies. Andrew can lift his leg clear up to his head and hold it there without struggling or flinching.'

Blood Play:
Model: Matt

'It was honestly a funny scenario, I had him taped to the kitchen sink, doused in fake blood we had left over from a production of Macbeth, and in nothing but his underwear. It was a small area with the both of us and a ton of lighting, so it was quite the production. It was shot at like 2 in the morning, so there was a lot of laughing going on...'

'The best part is that Matt is so not freaky, he is a cute little hollister type guy, sexy but in a way that makes the viewer wonder if they should be finding the photo sexy.'

Throat Ripped:
Model: Bryson
Makeup: Richard M Murphy

'I finally got the chance to work with a good friend of mine on designing a good old horror shoot. I have Known MUA Richard Murphy for several years now. He is a self taught, amateur makeup/gore artist, but his work is brilliant and speaks for itself.'

'After doing several studio shots, we took the model still in makeup to a location which happened to pass by a hospital, and this woman on the street looked into the car and started screaming!'

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