Slaughtered Bird Photo Shoot
The Slaughtered Bird Photo Shoot.
The Slaughtered Bird is extremely proud to announce a collaboration with Amanda Norman Photography & model and actress Valis Volkova.
As owners of The Slaughtered Bird (Chris & Stephen) we decided recently to produce new promotional material that we can showcase via our multiple social media platforms and take on the road with us when we attend conventions, festivals and various other events. We’ve been very fortunate to work with some superb designers and artists on previous material, but decided we wanted to take the website in a more organic and mature direction.
We decided our concept had to be a reflection of the type of movies and alternative culture that we are inspired by and love. As fans of everything horror related, of course we dig everything from 70’s sleaze to 80’s cheese, but we do have a strong affection for the nostalgic and the more rural/folk horror such as The Wicker Man, Blood on Satan’s Claw and Witchfinder General. There’s something magical about the countryside’s haunting, ancient past that fascinates us, so our aim was to definitely capture this style of imagery.
Firstly we brought on board stunning photographer Amanda Norman. We’d met Amanda previously at a convention as we were both stationed next to each other. We saw how talented she was and the work she was producing was amazing. Her unique gothic / alternative pieces tied in with our concept completely. Although we had spoken to other photographers that were all keen on the gig, once Amanda said she was excited about working with us, we knew she was the one.
The concept we conceived was designed through draft sketches that incorporated a rural landscape with ruins and a female model that is not only beautiful, but had an alternative edge. She would be dressed in gothic attire and be sacrificing a bird (hence our website name). There would be a bloodied Sun etched onto her forehead representing her neo-paganism beliefs.
Once we had our concept and landed our photographer all we needed was the right model. Enter Valis Volkova. You may recognize her from modelling one of our official tees on our home-page; Valis has been a friend of our site for some time. She is not only a very sought after model, but also a very talented actress who’s appeared in TV sensation Game of Thrones. You can imagine our delight when she agreed to work with us on the project.
The shoot took place on a glorious sunny afternoon at St. Catherine’s Chapel (Lydiate Abbey), Liverpool UK. The Abbey was built in 1500 as a place of private worship and now survives in ruin. It’s situated next to The Scotch Piper Inn which is the oldest pub in Lancashire. Both are truly atmospheric and stunning structures.
We are more delighted with the finished pieces. Amanda has produced a stunning portfolio of our concept. Her unique blending of haunting angles and lighting with Valis’ striking beauty has truly brought our idea to life. The pieces will now be used on our promotional material and I’m sure you’ll agree they’re absolutely stunning.
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank Amanda & Valis for all their hard work and support in collaborating with us on our project.
Chris & Stephen. The Slaughtered Bird.