In Their Own Worlds is a project where I’m placing authors in the fictional worlds of their novels. Over the years, I’ve photographed many writers. I have often dreamed of photoshoots where I could make their worlds come to life. In Their Own Worlds is about making that dream come true. I want to walk the line between fiction and reality. I want to do big, beautiful, complicated photoshoots in fantasy settings with actors, models and fabulous costumes.
Photoshoots of this size require the assistance of costume designers, makeup artists, specialized lighting, and the rental of space. I have a great deal of experience making things happen on a small budget, but this time I want to take things further than I usually do, and that means raising money for a proper budget. I’m excited to take on this challenge.
Chuck Wendig, Mur Lafferty, Ursula Vernon, PJ Schyder, Ellen Kushner, Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine have all agreed to be a part of this project. I want to explore the dystopian cornfields of Blightborn, go to a New York City filled with monsters, and find Digger in a fantasy marketplace – all while taking these authors along for the ride.
I’ve done big projects before. I produced Shelter in Place, wrote and created the art for Court/Ship, stayed up for 24 hours in the city for a photo project, and launched the board game Velociraptor! Canniablism! so I know I can work on big projects and make them happen.
I am so excited to work on a photography project like this, that melds my love of fiction and photography together. I hope you’ll come along with me on this adventure into other worlds.
Below are photos of authors I’ve taken in the past. Click on any photo to make it larger: