How to Shave

As I mentioned earlier, somebody suggested that my photos, that have some sort of background to them, are substantially more interesting than the ones that have plain backgrounds. Many of my photographs are about an object, and often about an object that existed only in imagination, so for me, a plain background often works - the object remains ungrounded, out-of-context, free of association.

Nevertheless, I agree with her - the photographs with more interesting backgrounds are more interesting. This time around, I had time to build proper sets, rather than try to create some in post, and I made a trip out to Scene 2 for more stuff.

Nevertheless, I agree with her - the photographs with more interesting backgrounds are more interesting. This time around, I had time to build proper sets, rather than try to create some in post, and I made a trip out to Scene 2 for more stuff.


I glued these tiles to the plywood, and used lightweight putty to grout them in - not waterproof, but good enough. I kept the surface and the background separate for easier manipulation.

I glued these tiles to the plywood, and used lightweight putty to grout them in - not waterproof, but good enough. I kept the surface and the background separate for easier manipulation.

And here's the final shot. I floated it, and left off any further propping, like shaving cream, mirror, etc, so it still has one foot in otherwordly, which is probably just enough.

And here's the final shot. I floated it, and left off any further propping, like shaving cream, mirror, etc, so it still has one foot in otherwordly, which is probably just enough.