Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

"Voodoo Queen"

As you all probably know by now, I’m an old timey type photographer. This is an 8x10 ambrotype on black glass. That’s my wife as the “Voodoo Queen”. I just wanted to make a moody, creepy plate for Halloween. She loves halloween. The skull is a chacma baboon skull. It’s the closest real skull I have to human. I don’t want a real human skull… they’re very expensive, and the creepy factor is just too dang high for me. So, I stick with animals.

Here’s a behind the scenes:

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Man, you and your wife could work in Hollywood on some horror flick. That picture in BW creeped me out as she really looked the part of a Voodoo Queen!! Good job on the creativity. Maybe you could do an old western type picture with the set up you got?

Thanks for sharing!!


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The old western stuff is in the works. My Dad is a SASS member, and I’d really like to get him and his buddies on wet plate. It’s getting colder, so that’s probably going to wait until next spring or summer.

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I love your work, keep posting!

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Egads! For a moment I thought my wife was seeing another man! :flushed:

(I an sooo glad she doesn’t read the Forum!)

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