Please meet the gorgeous Anna Wood! I knew I wanted Anna to be a part of my ongoing series photographing actors, not only for her timeless features, but I knew I could count on her to be able to effectively emote. You may have seen her in Mad Men, House of Lies or the movie Chronicle. Anna will also be recurring on the new series Deception on NBC in 2013. And on top of being so talented, she is just a delightful person! She really put her faith in me for this and another yet-to-be-released shot, and I sure appreciated it. :)
So, a little about the photo itself... This is actually going to be the second of a two-photo series that I ended up shooting out of order, but I don't think it will matter much to anyone but me. The inspiration came from a short story by Peter S. Beagle called Salt Wine. Without ruining the story for anyone, it has themes of mermaids and mermen, merchant sailors, love, heartache and loss. I don't remember where I got the idea for pearl tears, but I glued them on with eyelash glue.
I ended up making the big ornament in Anna's hair (using a very pretty Christmas ornament as a base) and creating my own glass mermaid flask by laying my own mermaid drawing (based on some really lovely drawings I found online) over top of the flask, which originally had an eagle on one side and George Washington on the other. Not very nautical or magical. I'm hoping to write up a bit more about this shot and the prop creation for my blog, but it may be a little while. My CFS has taken most of my right arm pain-hostage and negotiations with supplements, medications and other therapies have so far been unsuccessful in obtaining its release. Which means that typing and editing (along with everything else photo-related, such as costume and prop making) is on a frustrating hold, so I'm not sure when I'll be able to write more about this. ;)