I was reading about a story how war breaks people and started thinking about this broken soldier character. My soldier has gear from many countries. Helmet and jacket from Finland, trousers from Norway, bag from Poland, gun from Russia (well it’s an airsoft gun not actually from Russia) and so on. I wanted it to be a mix of many armies since this theme is quite universal. Soldiers are usually just pawns in a bigger power game by the rulers and are the losers no matter what their nationality is. I chose the clothes underneath the uniform to be white to resemble human inside the hard outer shell of a soldier. My plans are that I’ll do more pictures with this character outside the studio this summer.
I like horror themed images so I guess I should do more of them. Many of my images are dark so somehow when I started doing horror the idea was pretty light image. Well I think it gives some contradiction to the image which I like to do. The mask is an italian commando hood. Why they have zipper in the hood, I don’t know but it suited this image well. The actual head was the fake head I have. It was easier to put blood and bandage on it than for the real person. It also gave the doll like shape that I like in this image. The eye was photographed in the same light setup and added in post.
Although the inspiration for this image was more Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and Cohen’s The Dictator rather than any real dictator this image ended up to be pretty dark in mood. In future images with this character I will probably include some humor, but in my case it might be quite black. I build the stand from a small desk and cardboard. Black sheet was put over it and red cloth is an old kimono. ‘Microphone’ is the same as in blind justice image.
There were balloons on the kitchen table and I realized its 1st of may day after tomorrow. Maybe I could squeeze one “vappu” image before that. I could place that balloon at the place of the head and call it airhead. But that is not enough. Should I try poke it with the dart. That would be the feeling many have after the vappu. Hey I have a bowtie that has similar dots that these ballons have… That was pretty much the quick brainstorming for this picture.
I have ideas for several series and one of them is about relationship. When I saw this pig mask in ebay I started thinking about this quite popular Finnish comic strip with this idea of a pig and a woman living together. Since this men are pigs seems to be quite universal theme I wanted to play with the idea from my angle and I already have several ideas for images. I selected this one first for a couple of reasons. First camera club has sports theme for this month and the ice hockey world championships are quite near. Those masks are often uncomfortable and this pig mask was not an exception. I had to use swim goggles under the mask, otherwise the mask would press my eyes so heavily that I could not see anything.
Al-Thani Gold Medal – 4th Award for Lost from Saoud Al-Thani Award for Photography 2015, Austria.