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Lizzy Mares' Drop Dead Photography taps into something beautifully disturbing; haunting images of pretty girls licking blood from their murderous fingers. My first thought was that these photographs could be movie stills (one can't help but imagine the dark stories unfolding). Although Lizzy has been a photographer for 3 years, she kept the darker stuff to herself and only really got serious about horror photography in the last 6 months. Despite being so fresh in the industry, she's already done commercial work for Lily'sShop and Mental Shed...
"When I first started presenting my horror work, it wasnít a welcomed subject matter in my art community, which is both the NW Indiana and Chicago Land areas. They didnít consider my work art and probably still donít. But that doesnít discourage me in any way because I have a lot of support and there are a lot of people out there that continually ask to see more work. I understand that there are going to be those people that will speak about me and my work in a negative light, but Iíve learned to deal with that fact and know my style isnít for everyone."
Lizzy has a pretty good idea of what horror is and is fighting against the problems of breaking into the genre. For her, horror is a staple of life and can't see herself surviving without it. She also appreciates the impact horror has on the way people think.
"Some people see horror as being an extension of a homicidal and dangerous side, but I see horror as a beautiful art form. For years people have been creating these disturbing images to stimulate people minds - to get them thinking. I see horror in so many different ways. I donít see it as just the blood and guts of Hollywood. I see horror in everyday life, whether itís a homeless man on the street or a brainwashed society. People tend to overlook these types of horror. I give that back to people and let them know itís real. Itís not really a glorification as it is an awareness, but with my own little twist on things."
Lizzy is inspired and influenced by movies, music and other artists, but her biggest influence is a positive and passionate attitude.
"When I talk to people and they are so into what they do, it motivates me to continue to make art. And just because my art depicts blood, gashes, violence and the likeÖdoesnít mean that people can appreciate it."
Her perseverance is inspiring. Nothing seems to be standing in the way of this talent. From publications to conventions, she wants it all!
"Since itís still so early in my career, I havenít had very many publications to put under my belt Ė yet! That doesnít mean Iím going to stop trying though. Iíve been pushing myself harder and harder each day. I have to market myself. Iíve done some commercial work for LilysShop.com and one of my photos was used on MentalShed.com. Iíll also be photographing a model for Troma, so I find that pretty damned exciting. Iím a regular horror convention supporter as Iíve been to Cinema Wasteland in Strongville, Ohio and also the Festival of Fear in Toronto, Canada. These are such fantastic networking avenues and I recommend them to any avid fans, whether it be horror, sci-fi or whatever. Maybe in the future, Iíll have my own booth, but I see that in a few years down the road."
And her thoughts on women in horror?
"Itís about damn time! For so long women have been put into horror films and comics and everything else horror for the Tits and Ass factor. Itís about time that we have stepped up to the plate to bat with the big boys (gratuitous sports reference!) Besides, women look at things differently then men and itís interesting to see how the two differ from one another."
She plans to be coming out with a calendar of the "Drop Dead" Girls in 2007, her first big project she's doing for herself. She also did a podcast with Garage Films owner David and is waiting for the finishing touches on that. All updates will be listed on her website www.dropdeadgory.com.
"Iím constantly planning and looking for new avenues to explore myself. But since Iím still a "baby" in the field, I still have a lot of leg work to do."