Goo Portraits so far…

I’ve done a few sets of these goo portraits now. I don’t have time to write everything I want to write about them now but I want to get something up. So, here goes…

Dan still covered in bloodFace shot covered in fake bloodDan covered in blood eyes openCovered in mud with closed eyesmud covered portrait

These are the blood ones. Phil took them. My main reaction to these is that while they were what I was looking for, I want to see some in a more everyday context. I want to see people covered in blood and mud doing the washing up. The idea of having them against a black or white background was that it would look like more purely internal experience that was being documented. I think this does come across to some extent but I think there’s something more subtle in what I’m really after that I can only get to by taking these pictures in more everyday situations.

A couple of these specially lit ones against the black background are quite iconic though. I like that. That’s also getting to the heart of what I wanted in the first place, I think. These ones have a simplicity, directness and focus that works well. I’ve yet to post the ones I’ve done in public settings but they don’t have the same directness. There’s too much other information there. Hmmm… food for thought here.

I’ll post the other two sessions very soon. They have their own aspects that I like. But I’ll get to them. Soon.

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3 Comments so far
  1. by Haavard Storm

    On March 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Hello friend.
    I saw your comment on instagram, and was very happy to hear that you want to stay in touch. Didnt find any mailadress on this site, so i Just wrote a comment instead, if you use facebook my profile is
    Strong portraits by the way 🙂

  2. by charlotte

    On November 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Hi just looking at your photography and its really good! Just wanted to know what youve used in these goo portraits for the blood/mud?
    Im doing a project and i want my model to be covered in something that looks like oil!

    Thank you

  3. by Dan Fone

    On January 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Oh, hello! Sorry I haven’t responded to your comment. I haven’t logged in here for ages! Bad me! For the mud, I used mud from our back garden and for the blood I used… err… I think it was a mixture of syrup, red food colouring, flour and a couple of other things I can’t remember. I reckon golden syrup would be a good start for oil. Anyway, thanks for reminding me, I need to get back on the case with this project! 🙂

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