This one was shot at 35mm, but I cropped it in a bit. You can see the limits of my Photoshop skills in the bright spot I wasn't able to successfully tone down.
It was a happy coincidence that the man's shirt was a tropical motif that played off the Deep Eddy's advertising.
Tea with the white rabbit—at gunpoint
I decided to play with this one a bit more. I cropped it and pulled it from Lightroom to Silver Efex Pro 2 to narrow the focus and bring out certain elements in the image, like the shotgun shells.
Of course I couldn't walk away from this project without trying a three-image multiple exposure. Combining two meaningful elements in 30 seconds or less was a challenge, but nothing compared to making three rapid-fire images work together.
I returned to a couple of my other favorite themes—locks and bars, and time. For me, locks and bars exist to keep people out. This often segues into my social documentary work. Who is being kept out? By whom? Why?
And yeah, I've also got a thing for mannequins.
This image symbolizes women's place in society today, relative to their historic roles. It's as if in many senses, she's trapped in a time warp. But, there's just enough of a hint of modernity in this image to cue viewers that this is a current image. I'm thinking this may make a fun cyanotype, also.
the final image
Prisoner of time — a self portrait
This straight-out-of-the-camera version wasn't what I envisioned when I made this image.
Instead, THIS is what I saw.
Prisoner of Time — a self portrait
This one is personal. And yes, if you look very closely, you can see a bit of my reflection in the image. But what this image says about me is more important than my physical representation.
I feel as if I'm constrained by time, and that keeps me from pursuing my creative passions. It's as if it's holding my "real life" up, while I'm in pursuit of just putting food on the table. I'm OPEN to change, and maybe some big ones—that will enable me to better pursue my creative vision. And, there's an element of hope. The doll looks off in the distance—aware she's trapped, but envisioning a more free future.