Posts Tagged 'Noir'

I “Heart” Google!

I recently very randomly found out by checking my stats on Flickr that this image appears on Page Four of Google’s image search under the term “Crime Scene Investigation” which if you think about it is no mean feat when you factor in how many random images of crime scenes there must be out there on the t’interweb. That coupled with the fact that there are literally hundreds of thousands of images relating to the popular American crime drama show, of which I am a big fan and this was partly the inspiration for the shoot.  So I gave myself a big pat on the back!
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How To: Create Your Own Crime Scene

This is an idea I have had for some time, re-creating a crime scene. I find it strangely fascinating, if a little dark and gruesome! Ok so your asking why in the hell would I want to create a crime scene? Well if like me you enjoy watching CSI (any or all three of them) or other such programmes like FBI Files or even I dunno the X-Files, this might appeal to you. I know I’m not the only one I found this blog whilst browsing the other day. Other than my interest in the aforementioned tv viewing, at the time of working on this project I was in a real creative slump and needed something that was going to push my photography to another level. After a test shoot with a friend, which didnt go completely to plan, I managed to convince a contact off Model Mayhem to do the shoot with me and these are some of the results…

Crime Scene Investigation.

Crime Scene Investigation 1 - TdM Photography ©

Ok on to what you will need;

  1. A willing accomplice, someone to play dead basically.
  2. Clothes that the model / friend wont mind getting dirty, ripped etc depends how authentic a look you are going for!
  3. Fake Blood of some sort, google it there are loads of recipes.
  4. Location markers to highlight potential evidence, I used some blank cards and spray painted them yellow and to make them look more realistic number decals, you could use letters if you wanted or make your own stencils to save money.
  5. A suitable location, location is key, sure crime happens everywhere, but find somewhere dark and gritty looking to add an element of realism. In my examples the model happened to know a friend who lived in a squat, we went here for the afternoon and did the shoot in an upstairs room.
  6. On camera flash gun
  7. Turn off the lights, yeah its a nightmare to focus in the dark but use a torch, partially illuminating the crime scene will make for interesting shadow and hey thats what the professionals do. I hadn’t got a choice in this case, there were no lights! So go on test your self!
CSI Crime Scene 2 -  TdM Photography ©

CSI Crime Scene 2 - TdM Photography ©

Crime Scene Investigation 4 - TdM Photography ©

Crime Scene Investigation 4 - TdM Photography ©

Top photo used by Nikkidarling to right this guide


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