As many of you will be aware, I recently began my new character based on the 1980’s horror icon Freddy Krueger. I recently got in touch with a local photography group who had attended Whitby Goth Weekend and asked if they would like to arrange a shoot of Steampunk Freddy.
Always a group to explore photographic curiosities, they jumped at the chance. The group is called I Just Wanna Tek Gud Photos and they’re comprised of around 400 members. They have an active Facebook page and a dedicated website.
We spent the evening looking for suitable places to take pictures of a horror character and settled first on a small archway that led to a gated off courtyard. After that I changed clothes before finding the second location which was a long alleyway full of graffiti. We also went to the end of the alleyway and found a half demolished building.
It was a good, albeit cold, night and the chaps at IJWTG photo club were friendly and relaxed. They played around with techniques and because this was a mutually beneficial shoot, I was happy for them to do what they wanted to do, while I was left to create poses and throw ideas out for a shot.
If you live in the South Yorkshire area, you can get in touch with James – the club organiser – via the links in this article.
Below are some of the pictures I’ve been sent. They employ a technique called rear curtain sync which is what you set your flash to. The camera then uses a long exposure for dark areas but fires the flash when the shutter curtain closes instead of when it opens, like it would normally. The effect you get is some movement blur and a frozen subject with flash.