Boundaries Project. Part 6 / by Neil Alexander

For the next image in my Crime? series, I wanted to do something drug related. I fixed a few ideas in my head as to how I envisaged the final scene, though I had a few problems deciding how I'd get drugs of some kind into the scene, yet still maintain the degree of ambiguity around which the project revolves. Having done a little research, I put together a wrap of cocaine (icing sugar) and got some tobacco and large rizlas to use as my props, booked a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza by Manchester Airport with some Air Miles I've been accruing (I did try to blag it for a couple of hours, but they were having none of it!), and arranged to meet Amy there (the great model I used in this earlier shoot).

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For both the images, the weather outside was so grey and drab that I made a decision to draw the curtains and just use a selection of the lights in the room combined with a couple of SB900s. For the first image (Amy sat at the desk), I positioned one strobe immediately to her left, on a stand with a shoot through umbrella wedged between the window and the desk. I popped another strobe camera right on the other side of the bed from Amy, so about 2 - 2.5 metres away from here with a snoot directed straight at her.

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For the next image with Amy walking through the door into the room, I positioned a light and a shoot through umbrella just inside the bathroom door to her right, and another back camera right diffused just to try and boost the background light a little. I experimented quite a bit with this scene, but I think that the halo effect of the pin light in the ceiling reflecting off the door around Amy's head make this one.

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Just canned another one for this project so I'll post again soon.

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