Project 4 Folk/Fairy Tales


Produce one image that is derived from a folk/fairy tale suitable for use as one of the following;

Fashion Editorial or Book illustration

This image must have been made specifically for this project since the 3rd of March 2017.



The original tale chosen
Clown Kidnappers

From the ’80s to the early ’90s, child abductors dressed up as clowns terrorized a number of towns in the US. One notable incident happened in May 1981, when police officers from Brookline, Massachusetts released a bulletin regarding a mysterious van lurking near the local elementary school. A clown or group of clowns hiding inside the vehicle allegedly used candies to lure young victims towards the van. The most recent sighting took place in Chicago, Illinois where a community alert was subsequently issued in late 2008. The similarities were striking: An unidentified man was spotted wearing clown makeup and offering balloons to lure children into his white van.

Idea plus research to support the planned direction:

This set project I chose to approach as a fashion photojournalist who is sent to Gran Canaria Carnival to capture an image that would trigger the viewer’s memory to any kind of Folk/Fairy tale. The image would be shot in Fashion Editorial style and it will be used as VICE magazine cover for the last two weeks of March to finish up the carnivals that have been going on around the world from February until March.

Examples of different monthly covers for vice magazine:

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All the covers look very dull with the colours and there is not much going on in them to distract the eye and also there is a lot of awkwardness in the cover photos.

Images from previous carnivals in Las Palmas

On the carnival, there will be various types of characters and costumes that would remind of some folk/fairy tales.

My images from the carnival


For the final image, I chose the picture with a clown what immediately reminded me of folk stories about clown kidnappers. I also edited the final image in the style of VICE cover images what looks slightly desaturated and with little bit sepia tone in it.
To achieve this I was holding a flash gun in my left hand and pointed it from above and as much as possible away from the camera to the left side.


Here is the final Image



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