While at college at Wright State University’s film program, I spent the first and second years making Super8 films with uncomfortable themes – suicides, evil clowns, schizophrenic murders. I suppose it’s the obligatory rite of passage for young filmmakers, as cemeteries are to young photographers (while teaching digital media to students in Dayton, I fondly remember my still photography counter part lamenting, “If I have to critique one more cemetery headstone….”).
This image was taken in 1994 just prior to my Super8 film, Mr. Ginger, and was inspired as a set by one of our film theory classes on surrealism.
The image was taken under a set of 1k tungsten theatrical lights at the Wright State Television Center, which has now been renovated and transitioned in to the new Tom Hanks Motion Pictures Center. I used Ilford HP5 Plus black & white film and my dad’s Nikon F Photomic FTN Classic 35mm Manual Focus camera. The stock and the image was developed and processed by hand at Wright State University’s then photo lab.
Have a great weekend – and make sure that closet door is shut tonight when you turn off the lights.