Few months ago, Olga and I were in the East Village looking for props for our DragonChik body art photo session. It is then when we walked into an astonishing boutique, Gothic Renaissance, and met two managers, Laramie and Stitch. A word by word, we ended up talking about a joint project, portraying them in a unique environment, or so we hoped for. After a concept meeting, we came up with a couple of locations and I started working on them. One, unfortunately, fell through but I was able to secure the other, even more grandiose… the entire theater, along with the stage, curtains, lights, and a lighting technician! Doreen, the executive director, was just a pleasure to deal with!
More concept meetings have followed, lots of thought have been put into planning for two months, and finally, the day has come. The Friday morning was spent on the last-minute shopping, and the minivan loaded with a pile of props, clothing, people, a ferret, and a parking ticket, slowly made its way to Staten Island, impatiently awaited by the make-up artist, hair stylist, and a supporting model. The preparations began.
Laramie and Stitch, in the hands of the talented professionals, built up their characters, while the model was getting her body painted. Olga and I were setting up the scenes and light. It wasn’t until 5 PM (!) when we finally started to shoot. Admittedly, we underestimated one step that caused a delay and as a result, cut our session in half… Nonetheless, we were able to work on three scenes and here are some of the results.
I got home past midnight, exhausted, regretting the lost opportunities, yet happy with what we managed to squeeze out. To make it clear – I will not be entirely happy until we make it up, so the project lives on!
– Ed Hafizov – photography, production, and post-production
– Olga Mironova – photography, styling, and assisting
– Laramie Wilcox, Stitch Azintime, Tatiana – models
– Jessica Jade Jacob – makeup and FX effects
– Tayla Yafit Israel – hair styling
– Anastasia Durasova – body art
– David Cruz – theatrical lighting and special effects, St. George Theatre
– Doreen Cugno – Executive Director, St. George Theatre