Sunday June 16th, 2013
Tuesday May 21st, 2013
by Maria Luci
There isn’t a show that gets the Wonderful Machine office buzzing more than AMC’s The Walking Dead. So when I came across some recent Dead images on Harold Daniels’s website, I was beyond excited. I immediately contacted Harold to get the scoop on this zombie-filled shoot.
It turns out, the job wasn’t for an entertainment magazine spread or promotional items for the show. Instead, Harold was assigned this shoot by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, for their Georgia Travel Guide. This may seem odd, but the show is actually filmed on location in Georgia, and the Travel Guide is distributed nationwide as a way to promote the state as a destination for travel and film production.
“It was all about the cover,” Harold says of the shoot, adding, “There really wasn’t a lot of advance direction.” But he was excited for the shoot, mostly due to the “cool factor of being on the working set of such a popular show.”
As a veteran celebrity photographer, shooting someone like Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln isn’t atypical for Harold—but capturing zombies? That was completely different—and fun. Harold met up with Andrew and the zombies shortly after arriving on set and says, “it was very cool to meet the zombies before they went into hair and makeup, and then seeing the transformation in progress.”
After the actors had been zombie-fied, the shoot officially began. Luckily, everyone, from the crew to the star of the show turned out to be easy to work with. Harold elaborates,
Andrew was everything you hope a celebrity subject would be. He was a total professional—patient and gracious. He told me that he is an “amateur” photographer himself and was really curious about what I was doing, and about my camera, etc. Just a down to earth, friendly guy who loves living in the Highlands in Atlanta with his family.
The zombies were also pretty amazing at how they would transform their entire character when the camera was on. One minute they are chatting with you about the beautiful day and they next they want to eat your face off.
One of the only challenges on the shoot was portraying face-eating zombies in a way that wasn’t too grotesque for the cover of a state travel guide. But Harold pulled it off and the clients loved the images. “There was some trepidation about the cover of a travel guide being a tough looking guy with a big gun and a group of zombies saying, ‘Hey ya’ll come visit Georgia.’ But they got over it and the cover got a lot of press and online discussion.” And thus, Harold can now add “zombie shooter” to his resume.
View more at harolddaniels.com.