This project was a collaboration with Lady Aurora who wanted to cosplay as the Calne Ca version of Hatsune Miku. The cosplay itself is based upon the Calne Ca figure and the Bacterial Contamination music video. My vision was to take the dark motif of bullying and repression a step further. I wanted to physically manifest these ideals as chains weighing her down and restraining her.
One hundred feet of chain was wrapped and dangled from Lady Aurora for the shoot. I cut the chain into 4 parts. Two parts wrapped around her waist and then wrapping each arm. The other two parts wrapping each leg. The ends were left dangling so that they could drag on the ground, or be attached to other objects like walls or railings.
The location I chose for the shoot was Preston School of Industry. I really liked the run down and decaying interior of the school and it provided many locations within to shoot. The two locations within the school that fit particularly well were the infirmary and the basement. The infirmary was a prime location for us since it had metal beds that I could chain Lady Aurora to. Also the colors of the infirmary matched the color scheme of the cosplay as well.
Aside from the chains as the main motif, the other motif was bugs. In the music video Bacterial Contamination, Miku is a victim of bullying and in her despair bullies other people to make herself feel better. The spread of vengeance and victimization is alluded to as bacterial contamination. For this symbolism, we decided to use the existing idea of bugs and have that symbolize the spreading contamination.
It took a while to set up the contamination shot since Lady Aurora kept squirming when I put the fake roaches on my face and mouth. Eventually it all worked out!
Unfortunately, I had lost track of time and had spent the majority of our time slot in the infirmary! With only 30 minutes left, I decided to cut my losses and just forego the basement area since it’d take too long to tear down my lighting setup, change location, and set it up again.
Overall the shoot was a success! Two hours went by so fast! In the future I’ll be sure to book at least 3 – 4 hours and streamline my lighting setup. I hope that you enjoy the photos!