I had the good fortune to shoot at Comic-con a few weeks back. For those who don’t live, eat, sleep and breath comics, monsters, and the undead, Comic-Con is San Diego’s largest show and it’s dedicated to all that wonderful weirdness. Though the show has been a huge hit here for many years, and I was an owner of a company that designed and built exhibits for tradeshows, I’m embarrassed to say that I’d never been before.
This year, however, I was hired by Ronni Pahl of BA Exhibits to photograph a great exhibit for Future PLC, publishers of (among many, many other magazines, games, and media) The Walking Dead and Walking Dead Chop Shop.
When you look at the photos below, remember that this two-story structure was built in Santa Clara, set-up in San Diego in just a few days, open for four days, then dismantled, packed and shipped back into storage…to live again another day. [Creepy organ music…]
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Hyundai was a co-sponsor of the exhibit. The post-apocalyptic car in the last photo was the winning entry in an on-line competition featured on The Walking Dead Chop Shop web site. Cars were designed using options found on the site. It was very, very cool.
A quick story. I shot this exhibit at night, with the overhead hall lights turned down, for a more dramatic effect. As I was leaving the convention center and walking to my car (pretty late at night) there were revelers everywhere. I was carrying camera, lenses, iPad, iPhone, laptop, etc., etc. And I’ve got to tell you, I felt certain that if someone was going to hit me over the head and rob me, the most valuable thing I was carrying (and the thing voted “most likely to be stolen”) was the Comic-Con badge hanging around my neck!
One parting shot. While at the show the next morning to finish up shooting, I finally was able to get that frontal lobotomy I’ve been scrimping and saving for…