Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Vampire a Day...: Burning: Photographing the Burial/Death of a Vampire

A Vampire a Day...: Burning: Photographing the Burial/Death of a Vampire
Blood for Thought


How do you kill a vampire?

Over the centuries and generations, we've learned from works of fiction and nonfiction that it's difficult to kill a vampire. In novels like Ann Rice's Interview with a Vampire, vampires could be killed while exposed to natural sunlight. But years later, Stephenie Meyers' Twilight Saga let us believe that natural sunlight not only doesn't harm a vampire, but it glitters against its skin in a million diamond-shaped stars.

Still, even in Twilight Saga vampires get killed... by other vampires. So, how does one vampire kill another vampire? It breaks it into pieces, and then it burns the remains.

How can a photographer visually suggest the death--burial, if you want--of a vampire? As always, I believe there are many ways. Creativity knows no limits.

One way I envision representing the death of a vampire is by photographing a group of silhouetted individuals against a huge fire, to suggest they are watching the burning of a vampire. Or just photograph a huge fire, or, even better, a shape engulfed by this huge fire.


Silhouetted "Witnesses to a (Vamire) Burning" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.
"Witnesses to a (Vampire) Burning" shows actually silhouetted people watching live lava burning and taking over the asphalt close to Hilo, Big Island of Hwaii. Copyright 2010 by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
PS: I took the above images near Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, as I was watching the lava burning and flowing, engulfing everything--trees, pavement, plants--on its way to the ocean.

Happy vampire photographing!
As always, thanks for visiting.

Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies, a collection of vampire-related photography
www.alina-arts.com

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Blood for Thought

A Vampire a Day... Blood for Thought

The Human Nature of Vampires 

Can vampires get disappointed? Can they get frustrated and aggravated with life (well, with their vampire life)? Can they cry, or the only fluid that flows through their bodies is blood--other people's blood? Can they manifest or mimic human emotions at all?

Works of fiction like the Twilight Saga have let us believe that, indeed, vampires are capable of manifesting human emotions in the ongoing effort to make them more likable and less monstrous, more capable to receive our love and return it... in other words, works of fiction have sketched some vampire characters as being more like us, the humans who've been fascinated by their inhumanly powers and beauty for generations.

On the other hand, fiction has also shown (Twilight Saga comes to mind, again) that, upon becoming a vampire, the human body solidifies and becomes "a live stone," thus incapable of showing emotions.  To point out an obvious example, remember, in New Moon (the movie), the motionless face of Edward Cullen (aka Robert Pattinson) when he tells Bella Swan (aka Kristen Stewart) that he's leaving her because he doesn't love/want her anymore? And that motionless vampire-look/behavior sprinkles the entire movie.

"Blood Falls" Copyright Alina Oswald 2010. All Rights Reserved.
If we think about it... it's only natural for vampires to be incapable of human feelings/emotions, simply because vampires are not human. They only "borrow" human bodies, which in turn they keep "alive" with the blood they drink from killing (or turning) other humans or animals. (I don't think I've heard of a 'turned' animal, but this may be another idea--animal vampires, hhhmmmmm....) Either way, these undead bodies have no heartbeat. They don't have to breath or eat or perform any other human activity to survive. They do have to kill, though, in order to survive. Maybe that's one common aspect with some humans. The difference is  that, while some humans become vegetarians or vegans in order not to eat meat--in order to minimized  the animals who are being slaughtered for their meat--vampires, even if they become "vegetarians," they still have to kill. Not humans, but animals, but kill nonetheless....

So, with that in mind, how much in owe are we still with the vampires? Or how disappointed?


As always, thanks for visiting,

Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Vampire a Day: Vampire Makeup - Seven Must-Know Things About Vampire Make-Up


A Vampire a Day: Vampire Make-Up

Seven Must-Know Things About Vampire Make-Up

Primal (fear). Vampire image by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Primal (fear). Vampire image by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.


I found an interesting site which gives some tips on vampire makeup. I believe that we all have a general idea of how a vampire should look like--although, as I mentioned in a previous post, the vampire face or image has been changing constantly, not only with time, but also with out perception of vampires and our willingness and desire to humanize them, thus to make them into something good, maybe in a secret desire of saving their lost souls.

But what makeup best emphasizes the vampire character? 



Some tips for those who may want to photograph vampires:
"Bloodthirst" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved
1 - yellow or red eyes work (usually the model wears contacts or the photographer changes the color in post, using software programs such as Photoshop;

2 - black eyes without catch lights may also work; the lack of catch lights is important, because catch lights in a subject's eyes emphasize the life within the subject. On the other hand, vampires are not alive, they are the undead; therefore, the absence of catch lights can emphasize vampires as lifeless/soulless bodies
3 - as described in some works of fiction, such as the Twilight Saga, vampires do not sleep; on a human body (a body the vampire 'borrows') that usually translates into dark circles under the eyes. Also, the clothes the vampire wears give a sense of time: maybe the time-frame when the vampire was made (or "turned"), or the vampire's behavior, trends and personality, which, in turn, mirror the time frame when the vampire was made
"Enigmatic Gothic Vampire" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

4 - from a lighting perspective, it depends on the story/message one wants to tell through the image. Low-key works, also Rembrandt lighting (the small upside-down triangle under one eye) as it's used on so many of Edward Cullen/Robert Pattinson images

hooded vampire with fangs, photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Hooded vampire shows his fangs. Image part of the OF THE MIND SHOW at Casa Colombo. Photo by Alina Oswald.
Note: the image above is a simple, quick portrait taken against a fashion gray seamless paper background. I thought black-and-white works better in this case. Here I actually didn't use any make-up, only the vampire's fangs. I went for a 'scary' look rather than a 'glamorous' look.

5 - do not, though, stop at these two lighting options. Why not try high-key (the background is completely white) for a less somber image of a vampire

6 - I found the lensbaby quite useful when trying to represent the vampire decomposing or sparkling under natural light (I use a lensbaby composer; it's one of my favorite photographic 'toys' really fun to use). Check out more about the lensbaby at: www.lensbaby.com

7 - as settings: cemeteries work, but don't stop there; old buildings make a great background, depending, again, on the story/message one wants to tell through the image; try to seat the model next to a laptop, or using an iPhone or iPad, to suggest the modern vampire or the vampire's ability to adapt to modern times, no matter of the time of their making

These are only a few suggestions. Possibilities are endless.

Happy Vampire Photo-Shooting and thanks for visiting,
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Flying Speed of the Vampire

Vampires have many super-human powers. After all, they are not humans. In works of fiction--like The Twilight Saga--they are described as being... inhumanly fast. Their moves are so fast, the human eye can barely catch a glimpse. They also travel by flying from tree to tree (remember the scenes in Twilight or New Moon).

So how can one photograph this vampire characteristic? Simply put... have the vampire model hang from a tree or a wall or anything for that matter. Here are two of my images from my book, VAMPIRE FANTASIES, that I hope suggest this aspect of the vampire:

Nature: Vampire Flying. Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Cities: Vampire Flying. Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.



Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampire Rituals

Vampires as predators... There are plenty of ways to visually represent this aspect of the vampire character:
- fangs (fake ones) - although they do help, they are not always required
- shadows/darkness (low-key photography may work here)
- wooden crucifix, blood or other elements hopefully used in a new/surprising way, to emphasize vampire rituals, like a slice of vampire's life
- darkness or shadows - they usually add to the elements of fear, surprise, uncertainty that may be associated with the vampire element
- the vampire's clothing and the harsh contrast between its pale skin and the darkness surrounding him

These are just a few basic ideas, starting points. Depending on available time, models and props, photographing the vampire as a predator can become quite a creative experience.

Here are a few examples:
Vampire Rituals. Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.
"I'm not afraid!" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Vampire - Night Predator. Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

As always, thanks for visiting.
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Vampire a Day... The Face of Vampire

A Vampire a Day: The (Unmasked) Face of a Vampire



The Face of the Vampire has changed with time, and in time. It's not always a scary face anymore, but rather an adoring, fabulous one. The vampire fashion has evolved with/in time, too--from the frightening dark cape & hood to modern-day dark/black leather outfits. Through it all, the vampire fashion has continued to add to the enigmatic, intriguing Vampire character.
"Lava Face" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

But what hides behind the Vampire's beauty? Is it the face of a Beast? Is it the pure fire engulfing the Vampire's face from within, consuming this creature until there's nothing left of it but ashes?

Is there room for creation, in the wake of this fiery destruction?



As always, thanks for visiting.
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com


PS: I shot "Lava Face" while in Hawaii, visiting the Big Island, aka Hawaii Island. On the SE side of the island, not far from the city of Hilo, I found the Volcano National Park. That's where I witnessed, for the first time, live lava spilling out of the crater, burning its way down to the ocean. I did not have a tripod with me, so I handheld the camera with a 70-200mm lens on it, wide open at 2.8. Later on, during post, while trying to figure out what I'd photographed, I discovered this "lava face" and cropped the image so that it would only show the "face." Hopefully next time I'll visit Hawaii, I'll get to shoot more live lava, maybe some eruptions.... one can dream, right?



Alina Oswald

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Vampire a Day... More on Vampire Blood-thirst


 A Vampire a Day... More on Vampire Blood-thirst


More blood... Vampires are too often seen as bloodthirsty creatures. After all, they are predators. Their survival translates into our their or our turning into vampires, ourselves.
"Messy" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.


To photograph this aspect of the vampire, one can use props. Halloween stores have fake blood. It comes in various degrees of thickness. It is important for the fake blood to be somewhat thick, in order to drip down one's face not too fast but not too slow, either. It is also important to achieve what I call catch-lights in the blood streaming down one's face, in order to add a third dimension and... "action" to the image.

"Blood-thirst" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.
Also, I think it's best to leave this shoot for last. Blood, even fake blood, drips and it can be somewhat messy. So, I usually make sure I have all my shots in, before I shoot the (fake) blood ones.

Here are some samples:


Thanks for visiting and happy vampire photo-shooting!
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampire Fantasies: Our Perception of Vampires and Related Myths


Introduction to Vampire Fantasies

Our fascination with vampires does not start with Edward Cullen (Twilight Saga), Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) or Vampire Lestat (Interview with a Vampire). It doesn’t start with Forks or New Orleans, but with an enigmatic, far-away place called Transilvania (or Transylvania, using the English spelling), which is a region in a country called Romania, the homeland of the original vampire--Count Dracula.
"Three Crosses in the Land of Vampires" by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Dracula goes by many names: Vlad Tepes, Vlad the Impaler, or Prince of Darkness. Ever since his death his legend continues to live, surpassing centuries and generations. Dracula is the original vampire, the one that started our fascination with this creature of the night, the dark predator whose very survival depends on bloodshed and, ultimately, death. Human death.

These characteristics of the vampire have transformed and resurrected, becoming trends of the fictional vampire--the vampire as a source of inspiration for our creative selves. Throughout the years, the vampire character has also evolved: from a hideous monster to a fabulously beautiful one who ís even capable of human-like feelings; from a selfless predator, to a hero, even a protector of human life; from a creature of darkness, to one who can survive natural light; from a solitary individual, to someone who blends in perfectly and lives among humans in modern society, etc.

Yet, some things remain the same when it comes to vampires: their blood-thirst, their super-human powers, the crucifix, the wooden stake, and, still, natural sunlight. But while in the past these... beliefs used to fuel our fear of vampires, nowadays, they add to our fascination with vampires, to our intrigue and desire to get to know them better, and, quite possibly, to fall in love with them. Still, the vampire myths and beliefs make the foundation of the vampire, as character, as art subject.

Art becomes a vehicle through which we express our feelings, beliefs and myths surrounding our ongoing relationship with these creatures of darkness. Here are a few of my own visual interpretations of the fabulous, fantastic and enigmatic vampire character.

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampire Sanctuaries: Cemeteries, Crypts and Crucifixes

Of Cemeteries, Crypts, and Crucifixes... 
Seven Tips on Photographing (Vampires) in the Cemetery

We usually associate vampires with cemeteries, crypts, and crucifixes. But why?

Tombstone surrounded by green vegetation. "The Nature of Death" lensbaby photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
"The Nature of Death: Lensbaby Photography" by Alina Oswald
Cemeteries are often seen as solitary places, as sacred places (in a way) at the fringe of Life, somewhere where Death begins. Maybe that's exactly the land where vampires live, a place where Life and Death interlace and overlap.

Crypts and coffins are reminders of our mortality. They offer a brief vision of our own mortality, thus facing us with its certainty, with the finality of our physical existence. In the same time, they make us feel closer to an unwanted Unknown--the vast Beyond that follows physical Life. Yet, as the legend goes, vampires feel very much at home in such settings. They usually sleep in coffins.

Crucifixes are often our weapons against vampires. For many of us, crucifixes are a symbol of our salvation. Our way Up when we leave physical Life and step into the Afterlife. Yet, how sure can we be that we'll go where we desire?...

Photographing vampires in their natural habitat, so to speak, in the cemeteries, is quite something else. So, I'd like to share a few tips from my own experience:
Tombstone surrounded by green vegetation. "The Nature of Death" photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
"The Nature of Death" by Alina Oswald

1. Bring some bug-repelling spray or cream, especially if you decide to shoot in an old cemetery, overtaken by vegetation. I got bitten while shooting vampires in the cemetery, and not by a vampire.

2. Sunlight would be great, but later during the day may also work for a photo-shoot, depending on what you want to achieve with your images. It's a good idea to bring somebody with you. You'll have the vampire with you, so that's a plus.

3. Watch your step, be respectful, and also chat with those who take care of the cemetery. Usually, they always have a few stories to share that may help tell your own story (through images and/or words). Thank them and maybe offer something in return for allowing you to take pictures. In addition, do respect their advice--especially when they tell you that pictures are not allowed.

4. If they are categorically against the photo-shoot, ask what parts of the cemetery are open to photographs and/or if they know of other cemeteries that allow photographs.

5. Be focused and, again, respectful to the place and those who rest there.

6. As 'interestingly dark' as it may sound, a twilight photo-shoot in the cemetery may not be for everybody. If you don't feel comfortable, don't do it.

7. Always, always be careful! As I mentioned above, it's always fantastic if you could go with someone, especially someone who's been there before, who knows the grounds and the people. I was lucky enough to have along with me a vampire who knew it all. Again, MANY thanks for all his time, patience, and generosity!


I leave you for now with a short excerpt from my "Southern Ghosts" poem about New Orleans cemeteries:

"To meet your ghosts and free your soul of pity
Visit the sacred grounds of Crescent City
Lay blooming flowers over its quiet graves
Pray to the Skies ... then leave.  Close the rusty gates."

Thanks for visiting,
Alina Oswald
Author of VAMPIRE FANTASIES
www.alina-arts.com

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampire Fashion

Vampire Fashion. Yes, vampires are perceived as fabulous, enigmatic, solitary creatures who also have become part of our human modern society. The Vampire Face has evolved throughout centuries, as has its... fashion. What exactly is vampire fashion? I tried to capture a few images that may sketch out the modern-day, enigmatic, fabulous and fashionable vampire.

Here are a few examples:
"Vampire Fashion" Copyright Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

"Vampire Fashion" Copyright Alina Oswald 2010. All Rights Reserved.
"Vampire Fashion" Copyright Alina Oswald 2010.All Rights Reserved.



 As always, thanks for visiting!

Author of VAMPIRE FANTASIES
www.alina-arts.com







Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Decomposing Vampire

How to photo-shoot a vampire decomposing under natural light?

"Decomposing" Copyright Alina Oswald, 2010. All Rights Reserved.


I tried to tackle this task by using a lensbaby--Lensbaby Composer, to be precise [www.lensbaby.com]. I used the star-shaped aperture ring for the lensbaby. One can try the heart-shaped aperture ring, depending on the message that needs to be conveyed through the image. Or one can customize one of the aperture rings and cut it in the shape of a cross (just a suggestion...). Either way, I found that the lensbaby allows me to visually express the effect of the vampire falling apart, decomposing into a million tiny (starry in this case) bright pieces. Here's an example:

Happy October and Happy Vampire (photo)shooting!
As always, thanks for visiting,

Alina Oswald
Author of VAMPIRE FANTASIES
www.alina-arts.com

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Vampire a Day: Portrait of a Vampire

A Vampire a Day: Portrait of a Vampire


How to photograph a vampire as a creature of Darkness?

A few things to consider when trying to capture a vampire's portrait:

1 - black-and-white or sepia

2 - use darkness to emphasize the mystery

3 - grainy or slightly blurry may work, too, to capture the feel of an old photograph (btw, same can be accomplished using sepia)


One way is to try a portrait just like the one below.  I decided to include it in my new vampire photography book, Vampire Fantasies , as one of the possible visual representations of vampires as creatures sketched within the Blackness itself--still, pale, live sculptures, solitary, patiently awaiting for their prey...   

 I leave you for now with a poem I wrote years ago, which is now part of my The Awakening... collection. Hope you'll enjoy it.

"Vampire BeatriX - A Portrait" by Alina Oswald
A Life of Time
by Alina Oswald


In the Grave ...

There is no life, no memories, no joy,
Not even peace of lifeless mind; no soul.
There's nothing!

Only dead human matter, food for worms and darkness.

What's left? Just pottery and bones.
The soul is free, outside the human cage,
Ready for judgment, praying for forgiveness, not rage.

What's next?  Illusions, tricks,
There are no treasures across the River Styx.
The water's dark, the boat is always there waiting for fresh souls.
Moment will come, mended by fates and Gods...

'Till then, there is a lifetime

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampires and Crucifixes

Vampires, Churches and Crucifixes

When you think of vampires, what color comes to mind? Black? Red? Somewhere in between?
Red is the color of blood, vital to a vampire's existence. Black is the color of darkness, a space in which vampires usually live... Or so the story goes.

"Sea of Red" Vampire Photography by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Another aspect of a vampire is the crucifix. We believe that vampires are afraid of the crucifix, of garlic and, of course, wood. Or maybe vampires use this belief to add to their dark mystery and to humans' related fear.

Sea of Red (or Seeing Red, as an alternative title) is an image I used as cover for my new book, Vampire Fantasies; it is my interpretation of the elements of blood and crucifixes associated with vampires, through a portrait of a hooded vampire holding a golden crucifix as if to defend himself from something or someone outside the visual spectrum of this image, something or someone we, as audience, cannot see... maybe we can only imagine. The red enhances the blood-thirst element,  a vampire's constant companion.

Thanks for reading.
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampires Capable of Human-Like Feelings

A VAMPIRE A DAY... Vampires Capable of Human-Like Feelings

This time I'm going to talk about fangs. Vampires have them. Fangs are a reminder that vampires, with all their dark beauty, are indeed predators, monsters, killers. But vampires are not the only ones with fangs. Animal have them, too. So, how can one further (visually) interpret this common element of vampires and animals?

How does one photograph the fangs of a vampire?

"Fangs" Vampire Photography by Alina Oswald
I believe there are a million ways to visually interpret this aspect of The Undead. In my vampire image called Fangs, I tried to capture (what I'd say is) a more unusual aspect of a vampire: that a vampire can be a predator but, in the same time, he/she can be loving, protective and proud of his/her loved one... in this case, their pets. In my version of Fangs, the vampire shows off his fangs, while carefully holding and playing with his adorable cat (who also has... fangs). The vampire doesn't pay attention to the camera, but the feline does. I made this image black and white, allowing only the purple shades of the vampire's cape and lips to show in color. Also, his teeth may still be carrying some blood spots from his very recent snack. In addition, I allowed some of the vampire's facial expressions to come through in this image, to enhance (hopefully) his feelings for his cat.


This image could not have been possible without the help of a passionate model who takes his vampire transformation extremely seriously. The transformation from human to vampire takes a lot of time, work, patience, and knowledge. I'm forever grateful!

As always, thanks for reading.
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies - a collection of vampire-related photography

Monday, October 4, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampires as "Live Stones," as described in the Twilight Saga

Vampires.... why are we fascinated by these "undead" creatures? They are frightening. They are killers. Their existence depends entire on blood... on human and/or animal blood. So, in order for them to exist and ravish us with their super-powers, beauty and mystery, blood must be shed... or drunk, in the this case. Still...

In the Twilight Saga, vampires (Edward Cullen comes to mind) are presented as live stones. So how would one photograph this aspect of being a vampire? Think white skin, dark (or read) stare that can send chills down one's back, and think muscles, like in a well-trained, muscular, sexy individual. In photography, that can translate into black and white photography--or black and white skin and colored clothes--and dark or dark-red eyes, on a model staring straight into the camera (or down, for a lost-in-thought kind of vampire). Playing with this idea, one can change the color of the clothes (and/or eyes) only and come up with a Bauhaus type of image. Like I did with this one, below:
"Touch of Color-Bauhaus Rendering" vampire photography by Alina Oswald
Or, the "staring" kind:
"Watching You" Vampire Image by Alina Oswald
These are only a few ideas I've played with, while trying to photograph vampires. More to come. As always, thanks for visiting.
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Vampire a Day... Vampires as Creatures of Darkness

Vampires are perceived as dark, enigmatic, frightening, yet attractive creatures. Sometimes works of fiction let us believe that vampires lament about being forever damned, soulless monsters, killers...

If that is true, then the question is: Is there light within their darkness? Is there any hope for their salvation?

"Light within Darkness," by Alina Oswald
I tried to capture that darkness and the light within, while using one of my models, because models can be like canvases, on which one can "paint" with light and all its colors, as much as with darkness and all its shades. Here is my rendering of "Light within Darkness." The image was created in total darkness, using only one source of light--coming from below, from a flashlight, illuminating the model's face and also the background shadows. The collar, pulled up, added to the 'monster'-effect, to the frightening and dark element of the image.

As always, thanks for visiting.
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com



Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Vampire a Day...

Vampires tend to have super-powers. Or so fiction tells us. Twilight Saga is full of vampires with super-powers: reading the future, reading minds, etc. I came up with my own version of vampire reading the future in a crystal ball.

Here's how I photograph this vampire with super-powers:

Clairvoyant: Vampire image by Alina Oswald

I photograph my "vampire" almost in total darkness. I asked my vampire to hold a burning candle in a sphere-shaped glass holder, and to look into the flickering light. The candle light reflected on the vampire's face, making it appear less pale and more... human, hence enhancing the potential human face of such a creature. After all, fiction always does it, especially in Twilight Saga. The warm light matched the vampire's hair. ["Clairvoyant" is one of the images from my new vampire photography book, Vampire Fantasies.]

Be Halloween-inspired,
Thanks for visiting,
Alina
www.alina-arts.com

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Vampire a Day...

It's October! That means, Halloween. That also means... vampires. We tend to connect more with them during the month of October, but they are around us all year long. And I should know, I do photograph them.

How does one photograph a vampire?
The short answer is: in many ways.

For example, let's start with the obvious: the blood. In order to become a vampire, one has to develop a taste for blood. It's said that blood is best drunk fresh and warm, but it can also be served chilled, or on the rocks.

Bloodthirst - vampire image by Alina Oswald
Where do we find blood? Blood comes disguised in many forms: artificial blood, red wine, cherry or sour-cherry juice, etc. Serve it in a whiskey glass or champagne flute (and maybe get the model to sip it slowly), or even in a water glass (if the vampire is really thirsty), depending on what kind of story you're trying to tell through the photograph. Here's what I came up with, in my Bloodthirst vampire-inspired image: please see the image above.

Until later, be vampire and Halloween inspired this October,
Alina Oswald
Author of Vampire Fantasies
www.alina-arts.com