Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Wes 20th Jan: Attempted Deception
A few moons ago, I moonlighted on a couple of occasions assisting super set designer/art director Anna Burns. I helped her make a replica SLR camera from card and a giant lifesize Godzilla costume! Over these years (5 to be exact) Anna has been engineering and devising extra set up shots inbetween shoots to collate a catalogue of personal imagery. She has collaborated with photographer Michael Baumgarten under the guise of The Deformers and published a book of these scenes named "Attempted Deception". The themes are otherworldly with an international backdrop as they have moved around the globe during jobs on location. It is almost a voyage through their dreamscape with narratives that are implausible and playful. Infact. it's a little risque - so not a coffee table book to be purchased for a prude! It seems that a book has been the perfect format for the pair to explore provocative extremes, perhaps not possible in editorial...........here you can see a set of backstage snaps from the process kindly sent to me by Anna for this post.