Halloween Photo Booth (Tilsner Artists' Cooperative, 2003-2004)
In Halloween 2003, I created a portrait booth with a black backdrop in a spare room to photograph party guests in costume. The idea was to get a clean digital shot of the costumes against a plain background, perhaps get some of the characters to interact, and see what happened.
|The Mad Hatter, shot against a slightly crumpled black background with standard yellow lamplight, to allow for some variations in the background. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
The booth ("The Twisted Prom Photo Booth") was extremely popular and guests, already being "in character", mostly slipped naturally into appropriate poses which kept things flowing well.
Looking at the final 166 frames, some clearly offered themselves for further digital manipulation into various cinematic and artistic styles, with some interesting results.
The following year, the booth was again resurrected, with images from the previous year (and current year as they became available) being projected in the main party room.
|The Mad Hatter gets a psychedelic treatment in Photoshop. The subtle diferences of texture in the backdrop from the original shot have been blown out for maximum visual effect. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
|Vampire Geisha, high contrast fashion shot. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
|The Mummy Returns, rendered as an old B&W movie still. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
|The Devil whispers to a woman with a whip. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
|Showgirl and Priest, in the style of a pulp paperback cover. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
|Comic book-style figure. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
|A Dali-esque man with mustache and dress rendered as a painting. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|
|American Pimp, as an iconic cutout. (Photo: nigelparry.net)|