Shadow of a Life: The Story of an Automaton
Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.~George Bernard Shaw
For nearly a year I had dreamed of this concept.
What would it be like if clockwork became human, if an automaton could dream?
Muse: Laurel Marsh
Makeup Master: Brett Kelley
Costume: Ladies Emporium
The collaboration between Laurel Marsh, Brett Kelley of Brett Kelley: Art Mercenary, and myself was one of the more beautiful and ethereal experiences of my life. She embodied the soul of the project, he transformed her from human to sub-human, and all I had to do was capture it. They created magic, and lucky me, I was there to see it unfold.
After the transformation, we set out towards a location that before that day I had never seen. Laurel, who lives in Easton, had scoped it out, promising it would be bleak enough for our purposes. We parked and the mud was shin-high, and the surrounding area was covered with a blanket of half-melted snow. Little tufts of grass shot out desperately from beneath the ice in odd patterns, the trees beyond seemed simultaneously regal and ominous.
After months of deliberation and consideration, the decision to place her in a post-apocalyptic universe, devoid of people and stimulation of any sort, had been the right choice. I felt serendipitous. I was a child who had been let out of the house to play after a morning of chores – Delirious and wild and taking off at a sprint.
And so we began.
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