Sunday, 29 March 2015
Behind the Scenes: A Shut and Open Case!
Back in November 2012, we posted the episode 'Sinister Exchange', in which a small wooden case was handed over in exchange for something in an envelope.
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For that particular shoot, we used a simple table-top space, and some very close-up, intimate lighting. What we didn't do on that occasion, and not until now, three years later, was to reveal the contents of the case.
The case has a second lid and then is sectioned off into irregular compartments with plywood walls. I acquired the case many years ago, as a young man helping out over the summer in my uncle's furniture shop. My Dad made the lid and the compartments and replaced the exterior fittings too. I have used it to store small artefacts and documents that trigger memories from earlier years. One such artefact is this Italian-design melamine light switch, kept in a small plastic bag (above). Shot from this angle, it looks like a face peering out from the shadows.
The rubber gloves are not a usual feature in the case, but were added this time for effect. In this particular light, they give a Batman-style texture to the image, which we like.
We've used masks more than once, but this one seems particularly sinister. It is made simply from a brown paper bag with some torn-out eye holes and string taped on the back. The idea came from a news item I saw, advertising a 'museum of murder', where artefacts from crimes are to be displayed. Here's a link to the image that struck me.
We include the other artefacts to extend the narrative ideas. Make of them what you will!
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