Hollow Man


Rhode St. Genese, Belgium

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6233 views, 76 faves – November, 2015

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All digital collage work, blending and other processing done in Photoshop CS2

Unbelievably, the inspiration for this came from Rhoufi and his awesome image The Lady and the Sleeping Giant

I just hope he’s not too disappointed that this inspiration ultimately led me to something as far removed from museum art as my own take on one of my fave films of all time…

When I first saw Rhoufi’s image I was blown away by the woman scrutinizing the life-like sculpture on the pedestal and thought jeeze, wouldn’t it be cool to have BB’s head on the block with the spikes and everything?! So next thing I knew I was in the bathroom resting my noggin on a piece of laminated chipboard on top of the toilet seat (proved to be a perfect height!) with the self-timer ticking down…

It was a total nightmare separating my hair spikes from the background, but I got steadfastly anal with the task and the cut-out mask looked good.
But that’s where I got creatively stuck. What next? A shoot in a local art museum and ask some passing student if I could take a picture of her back while she’s standing in front of a Campbell’s Soup can? Belgians think yer weird when you do stuff like that so the museum idea was scrapped…

Fortunately we had to take Scratch to the vet last Saturday and it occurred to me that a shot of his operating table could be even cooler than a marble pedestal… just the way my brain works… So I brought the camera along and while Scratch got his shot, I got mine…

It was while I was checking out the shots from the vet’s practice that the Hollow Man thing came to me… like this invisible man needed a mask, and fortunately I had just the thing!!
So all I needed was a guy in a hooded jacket without a face (back to the bathroom with the self timer ticking down)…

… and I started to put everything together in Photoshop.
It was tough because the layout of the vet’s practice totally didn’t fit my idea of the frame layout, so I had to clone out the window and completely change the layout, and even move that cool X-ray thing over to the other side of the room… which was actually at the same side of the room before I swapped the room around… whew!

And even when I’d taken my face out of the hood and it looked like the image was done, I knew it needed something more… so I slept on it…
and came up with the newspaper article, the pieces of ID, and of course the sunglasses…

It took a while to get everything positioned and blended and there was a shitload of image layers and adjustment layers to keep track of…
But it was fun. Like I hadn’t had in yonks.

Sorry this is so long winded, but when the adrenalin kicks in ya just gotta go with it, yeah?

Thanks for lookin’ :-)

ps: The big view is actually cool…

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