Want to see how I created this image? Great! I wanted to share how I photographed this image in order to show how ideas become a reality when you just jump in and try something outside of your comfort zone. I created this back in January but am just now posting because it’s been making rounds in the competition circuit.
I had an idea about Rapunzel’s hair being so beautiful but also the cause of much torment for her. I created this image over a few weeks, photographing and editing throughout the weeks and making changes as ideas would come to me or as I realized areas that needed to be worked on.
I saw someones rendition of “Jezebel” on Pinterest and her hair was wrapped around her neck. I got the idea that Rapunzel’s hair grew so long it started to tangle and strangle her. Next, I went to Sally Beauty in Hazard, KY and purchased as many blonde hair extensions as I could possibly afford. ($175)
I wrapped the hair around a bust I keep in the studio for dresses. I wrapped and photographed hair for hours. Here are some of the originals I used to create the image. I used a main light on my left, a strip light on the back right and a hair light above.
Next, I called a friend of mine in High School who I knew would have great facial expressions and do whatever I asked to look tense and tortured by Rapunzel’s long hair. Thanks again, Myra Jo Davis!