Project 1On October 21st, 2012 I had an all day photo shoot.I had 16 zombie models, 2 victim models, and onecreated torso to work with. I did the makeup,special effects and, prosthetic work on all modelsand the torso, which we named Billy Ray. I thenstaged the models and proceeded to take over 300shots in various styles. I used films, filters andadjusted the levels in each photo to achieve thedesired look for my project. I wrote the story to goalong with my photos and placed my “artist name”Siobhan Keith on the images, as they are also onmy business page. All work is my own and original.
DAWN OF THE ZOMBIES by Jennifer Smith
Bettye had just left her shift bartending at the local nightclub. She was really wishing shehad remembered her tennis shoes because her boots were already killing her feet. “Thewalk home is going to be painful”, she thought. Little did she know, just across the parkwas a surprise waiting for her. Something that would prove much more bothersome than apair of uncomfortable shoes. She walked up the small hillside that led to the open publicpark and started across the field. She heard something rustle in the hedges that borderedthe hill. When she turned to look she saw a young girl in her nightclothes. It wasBrianna, one of the neighborhood children. Bettye started toward her and said, “Are youokay? You should be at home getting ready for school.” Just as quickly as the words lefther mouth she realized something was not right about the child. Brianna started to growl.
Brianna jumped to her feet, crouched like anangry dog. She was gnashing her teeth at Bettyeand had blood all over her dress. It looked as ifshe had been eating raw meat. Bettye wonderedwhat could be wrong and what she should do. Thechild lunged at her and began biting at the air.She did the only logical thing and ran. She ranthrough the picnic area glancing back to see whatBrianna was doing. When she turned back aroundshe nearly fell down while trying to stop. Shenearly ran into the two people sitting in one of theswings.
She recognized the couple, Lisa and Brian. Theywere Brianna’s parents and, they were dead.They had wounds on their face and chest. Itlooked like someone had eaten them. Things werestarting to come together in the back of Bettye’smind. “Was it a virus?”, “Didn’t Zombies onlyhappen in movies?” She kept running.
She could already see someone wiggling around in thecenter of the soccer field. But she had to go pastthem. The closer she got the more scared she wasbut she kept walking. When she was nearly to theperson on the ground they heard her and slowlystarted to turn over, crawling toward her. It wasJacob Watson. She knew this kid. He delivered herpaper. He had a huge hole in the side of his headand most of the flesh on his arms was gone. He wasstill clutching to his soccer ball, almost as if heremembered how much he loved the game. He wouldnever play again. It was sad and traumatic but shehad to keep moving.
Bettye knew that she had to get to the hospital. Her girlfriend Nicole was there. She was about tohave their first baby and had been having a rough few days so they admitted her the night before.When made it through the park she knew it was a few more blocks to the hospital and there couldbe anything around the next corner. In the opposite direction, 3 blocks away, was their home, andtheir shotgun. She would need to be able to protect Nicole and herself so she ran. Her musclesached but she kept pushing, running as fast as she could. She didn’t see any sign of life on thestreets or un-life. Whatever those things were, she didn’t see any for the moment. She wentstraight in the front door, to the living room and straight to the gun cabinet. She stuffed shellsanywhere she could fit them and ran back out the door shotgun in hand. She took a deep breathand ran straight for the hospital. Every time her feet hit the pavement she just hoped to findNicole safe and alive, really alive. The hospital looked like a ghost town. Nicole however was in herroom, asleep, safe and none the wiser to the situation outside. Bettye caught her up to speed, toldher she loved her and they headed out of the hospital. Now, to make it back home.
There was an open field that ran from the backof the hospital property and ended about ½block from the back of their house. Bettyethought that might be safer than cutting bythe park which was obviously infested withthese things. So they began walking across thefield, slowly, because Nicole was full term andhaving contractions. The hospital wasn’t safethough and they had to try. About halfwayacross the field Nicole stopped. She heard alow growl. Bettye heard it too and knew whatwas happening. They turned to see anotherchild crawling toward them on the ground.
Behind her were three adult zombies, amblingtoward them as well. Bettye didn’t want to use theshotgun unless she had to. She thought it mightdraw too much attention. The zombies were slow sothey decided to keep a steady pace, stay alert andkeep moving.
Every time they looked behind them it seemedthere were more zombies. She was starting topanic. Nicole couldn’t fight. Nicole could barelystand up the contractions had gotten so bad. Shehad one gun and a handful of shells. She pulledNicole along. Trying to be understanding of herpain and keep them alive at the same time.
A contraction hit Nicole and she doubled in pain, stumbling to the ground. Eventhough the zombies were moving slowly it still felt like they were closing in onthem. She took Nicole’s hand and pulled her to her feet. “Just a little furtherbaby”, she said hoping to comfort her. Nicole was struggling to stand by now.
She pushed herself up and started moving again. This couldn’t be happening. Thezombies were closer, as were the contractions, and then her water broke! She hadvery little time before her baby would be here. She could feel it moving andstretching in the womb. It was so painful and if she stopped she could be eatenalive. How could any of this be real? Where would she have her baby?
Just in the knick of time they came upon afenced in area that looked like an abandonedlot. There was nothing but a high fence and afew trees but it would have to do. They raninside, to the far side of the lot and Nicolelay on the ground by a huge pine tree.Bettye was looking around to make sure noneof the zombies could get inside. Nicole wasabout to have the baby, right now. She had toprotect her. Nicole let out a huge scream.Bettye turned to reach for her hand andgasped. The baby had busted through Nicole’sstomach. It wasn’t ok. It was infected like theother children and it was coming out.
The baby was ripping Nicole apart. Bettyehad no idea what to do. The baby didn’t lookok but Nicole wasn’t sick. Or was she?Bettye tried to hold her hand but Nicole wasscreaming, ripping at the ground and bleedingso much.
It was pushing through her abdomen.Bettye had never seen or heardanyone scream like Nicole was butthere was nothing she could do. Shesat helplessly and cried.
Nicole let out one last scream and Bettyecould see by the expression that she couldn’ttake the pain anymore. She threw her headback and then she stopped moving. The babywas still growling and trying to wriggle it’sway out. She stood up and walked away.Things were different now. What else couldshe do? Nothing. Everyone was going to die.She was tired of running. These things wereeverywhere and eventually they were going toget her. She lay down on the ground next toNicole and waited. When she heard themcrawling and staggering toward her she justheld Nicole’s hand and closed her eyes.
The zombies ripped their way through the entiretown. The place was deserted but if the occasionalliving person did pass through then they would haveseen zombies filling the streets.
The sun began to set and the zombiesstill roamed the streets. Shambling acrossparking lots. They roamed in and out ofpeople’s yards. They were everywhere justwaiting for their next meal to pass by.
I want to thank my parents for letting the “horde” and myself takeover their property for the day. Thanks to my mom for helping withthe torso work and random errands throughout the day. Thank youto all the models and to everyone there for being patient and helpingto pull this off. I couldn’t have done it without you all. <3