Shooting a Steampunk concept has always been something that I wanted to capture through my eye. Gwendolyn Kotek came up with the perfect wardrobe and we headed to do a location shoot in Belmont North Carolina. She was absolutely amazing and nailed the shoot! Check out the video and please take a look at my site for more behind the scenes videos shooting various concepts. http://www.ToddYoungblood.comWhat is steampunk? Im not sure when it actually became a genre/style of its own but its inspired by industrial machinery and often mixed with garment styles from the Victorian era. I think of it as kinda of a hybrid of historical technology mixed with fantasy and small fictional machinery.The image below has a more American Wild West appeal with a fitting fictional gun, gears applied to the left side of her face, mechanical clock, and more. Its a genre with an open door of creativity. The Model Gwendolyn Kotek was well prepare for this shoot. We found a train that was inactive and brought it to reality. Monique Stevens assisted and the photography of course if from your truly, myself Todd Youngblood Photography.
As the son began to set, I grabbed a grid with barndoors and my Alien Bee light to capture this image which had a slightly more Victorian Era steampunk look that the previous. The gas mask was a nice touch as she stood in the middle of the tracks. Once again I stress that the was a totally inactive railroad location in Belmont North Carolina. Using active railroad location is never a wise move. With this shot we packed up and I headed home excited to jump into the photoshop for post production.