As part of Crypticon Seattle’s 2014 show, I was fortunate enough to be able to do some advertising copy for them, and they said it would be cool to help them out and help me out by doing a blog post about doing advertising copy. This is just one of the galleries from the photo shoot, and it was awesome having a very bendy flexible model to work with for this shoot.
The idea was a broken puppet that would be forgotten and broken in a corner, with a ton of clarity to help set up the idea that this is a grim dark gritty issue.
It gives you a nice visceral feeling, and in some comments on facebook we definitely got a reaction about the ideas of women, horror, victimization, and everything else that would go along with that. In all it was a great way of seeing how people would consume and if possible get them to react to the picture. We are constantly flooded with images of sex, violence, horror, that getting people to react to anything is a small miracle. There is a long way to go with women in horror and coming up with some kick ass strong archetypes. But really the boyfriend gets chopped into bits and the movie ends up with fire, flame, and generic general mayhem.
Crypticon Seattle is one of the biggest horror conventions in the Seattle area so it is always interesting to see what their volunteers are up to when it comes to arranging a photo shoot. I was glad I got to participate in this one as it just ended up being a lot of fun, and there are a ton of smaller galleries to work with and for them to pick something for their advertising campaign. When I see the final proofs of what they are using I’ll post that along and see where we go from there. You know ad people, once they get their hands on an image it does not matter what the photographer intended, everything changes. And we so rarely get to see what the original image looked like. So here you are a super bendy flexible model to work with as a broken abandoned toy in a corner. We should all take better care of our toys, all the time.
Here is the gallery to go along with that as well so have some fun with it.
You can visit the web site here – but they really need to update that puppy with the correct year, and the pictures that were taken last year. There are a ton of really good reasons to go, most of all because it is one of the cooler things to do in town. I know I had a blast last year with it, and got a ton of cool pictures you can see below. I think of all the things I have done, the Steampunk Ball is probably my most favorite event of the year.
There is more to come, but just wanted to drop a quick blog entry on the event, encourage people to purchase tickets and come along to the show. There is very good music, beer, burlesque, and other things that are going along with it all the time, including some of the pre-show events that you can attend all over Seattle as people get warmed up to the show. There are so few Steampunk things that happen in town, it is worth going to this one. Hope to see you there, and look forward to the pictures that will happen.
Steampunk Ball 2012 – Pictures of the show – including Burlesque Dancers
We really didn’t get to stay as long as we wanted to for the Glen or Glenda show, lots of people where there and we didn’t have the requisite paperwork to stay in the club all night long. In the mean time we were able to get a couple hundred really good pictures of the first two sets, so we hope you enjoy them. Overall this was an awesome way to shut down the Fun House, and that leaves no medium scale or large scale punk rock club in the Seattle area anymore. There are only two or three smaller punk rock clubs, so the loss of the Fun House is huge for the Seattle area. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when the Fun House resurrects itself and comes back bigger badder and bolder. But with them selling everything including the kitchen sink and PA system, it is going to be a while until we have a larger punk rock club here in the Seattle area. That is the sad news, the good news is that the whole place was insane last night with people really having a good time overall.
In the long run though, Seattle loses a landmark, and photographers lose one of the most photo friendly clubs in the Seattle area. It is going to be very hard now for photographers who want to record the band scene to get any kind of traction. The larger clubs that bring in National level groups are not photographer friendly in the same way that the Fun House was. That is the loss, we lose something when a club shuts down and we have very little to replace it with. Maybe some of the other clubs will see this as a business advantage and bring back the large stage (with please for the love of God better lighting) for local and semi-national punk rock acts to play their music, and give the punk rock scene here in Seattle a little love along the way.