Years ago while watching the BBC show Planet Earth I saw this clip: [link] about a killer Cordyceps fungi that infected jungle Ants. The thought of this Cordyceps infecting a human host was so scary that I thought it would make an amazing Film! And in 2008 M' Night Shyamalan made that film!
"WHAT?! What film is this!" I hear you cry. Well it is called The Happening and it is terrible. No cool Fungus growth or murderous rage, Its basically a movie about pollen that makes you commit suicide……
So that dream was dead.....Until Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley from Naughty Dog studios decided to turn a Cordyceps infection into an action adventure computer Game!!!
As soon as I saw this Trailer for the game [link] in 2011 I have been planning to do a Cosplay based on the Infected. Took a while to get clear concept images but as soon as I could, I started making fungus. Then I had to find a site to shoot in that fit the post-apocalyptic scene. Luckily only 15mins away from me by Bus is Barrow Gurney, a mental hospital that was abandoned in 2008. The site is perfect and you can see why in these images I took in my Bristol gallery: [link]
It's a combination of my 3D studies at Uni and everything I've learnt from Body Painting over the last couple of years and is affectively my last solo body paint pro-shoot. So I hope you Enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed working on them!