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The Crow

By mellyleth  
Rab and I have been wanting to do this for a while and as Rab has been threatening to cut off his hair, thought we'd better do it sooner rather than later. Many thanks to Rab for his patience while I did the make up and for being such a great model.

The shot is inspired by the film/comic book 'The Crow', about murdered rock star Eric Draven, who returns from the grave to avenge the murder of himself and his fiancee.

This will be a series and I'm going to dedicate it to the late Brandon Lee, son of Bruce and star of the 1994 film 'The Crow', who sadly died during the making of this film, at the age of 27.

Tags: Portraits and people

Voters: Badger, edrhodes, colin b and 48 more

Highly Commended Photos are given by the team to photos that were good but not quite an editors' choice award. Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



edrhodes 18 548 13 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 10:48AM
Powerfull image Melanie.

colin b 19 367 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 10:49AM
Wow Melanie, this packs some punch...

My immediate thoughts were somewhere between Clockwork Orange and The Rocky Horror Picture show. But Ive never seen 'The Crow'.

This is quite a break from your flowers, but it works very well. The make up and the grin are excellent, and the lighting adds an additional menace. Nice ☺

mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 10:54AM
This is an image of Brandon Lee from the film The Crow.

Ed, Colin - thanks for your comments. I agree about the Rocky Horror part as Rab actually does look a bit like Tim Curry from the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, so there was always going to be that comparison.
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 10:56AM
Thanks Pete for the HC - not had one of those for a while :o)
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 11:01AM
more Crow images here

Previous link is not working.
stevie 19 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 11:02AM
I'm stunned!
rletham 19 890 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 11:05AM
TOP TIP: Never work with a photographer as a model. They will just moan and whinge all the way through the photoshoot.

Is the hairlight in the right place?
The uplight's not burning the chest out is it?

etc etc ;o)
5 Jun 2005 11:11AM
great image,rab looks a bit scarey lol congrats on HC
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 11:15AM
Thanks folks. Samantha, glad Rab looks scary - that was the point :o)
proberts 19 218 4 Wales
5 Jun 2005 11:26AM
Excellent shot Mel,Congrats on the HC.
5 Jun 2005 11:37AM
Great film - Great photo - very convincing!
markharrop 18 191 England
5 Jun 2005 12:14PM
Very scary, but EXCELLENT!
kaybee 18 8.5k 28 Scotland
5 Jun 2005 12:24PM
Not seen the Crow...but I would have (may still do)sworn that this is Tim Curry
colin b 19 367 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 12:43PM
Thanks for the image links Melanie. I see what you mean now.

Congrats on the HC - I think it's well deserved for a well thought out piccie.
mr g 18 403 3 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 12:56PM
Impressive lighting and make-up
Great shot
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2005 12:57PM
Thanks folks, I appreciate the comments.

Colin, cheers, I thought it might be useful to include photo links for people that weren't familiar with the character/comic book/film.
colin 18 697 5 Scotland
5 Jun 2005 3:16PM
Great image - certainly Tim Curry-like. The make up and lighting compliment Rab's great smile - even if he's a bit evil looking!
U4eA 18 475 England
5 Jun 2005 3:31PM
Great film and a shot thats very evocative of it. Superb lighting and exposure...and I love that manic grin!

mwatkins9801 18 190
5 Jun 2005 3:34PM
this is awesome. great job
5 Jun 2005 7:06PM
Great facial expressiveness...! The Crow was an excellent movie. Brandon Lee as well as Bruce Lee were both two of my favorite actors. Looks like much study went into this photo as well as the makeup. Good job.
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2005 1:15AM
Thanks everyone - Boskodude, we are huge fans of Bruce and Brandon too.
UserHasLeft 19 654
6 Jun 2005 3:12AM
"I......wanna rock and roll all niggghhhht"

Very Gene Simmons. Great piece of work, Mel, and a great piece of modelling, Rab Smile
conrad 18 10.9k 116
6 Jun 2005 4:54AM
Wow - different, and very well executed, Mel. How good to have such a willing model, by the way!

mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2005 5:06AM
Thanks Mike and Conrad - once I've edited some other ones, I'll post a few more. You'll be bored silly by the end of it :o)
ejtumman 18 2.8k England
6 Jun 2005 7:02AM
A click for an excellent shot, and if I could, I'd click again for the film....

Emma ;o)

"It can't rain all the time....."
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2005 7:04AM
Thanks Emma, we had the soundtrack to the film on whilst we were doing the shoot actually, some great stuff on there :o)
6 Jun 2005 7:19AM
Superb shot.

Firebaby 19 1.2k Faroe Islands
6 Jun 2005 8:07AM
Oh this is fantastic!! Rab and you certainly do go well together. As a Bruce and Brandon fan (wrong word, but you know what I mean), I appreciate what you're doing here, so imaginitive, so good!!
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2005 8:09AM
Abdul, thanks.

Andrew, thanks, appreciate the feedback. Nice to hear from other Bruce and Brandon "fans" too!
6 Jun 2005 11:42AM
WOW!!! Mel I'm gobsmacked!!! This is Brilliant!!! with a capital 'B'.
Fabulous portrait, fabulous model, fabulous film... And last but not least, fabulous photographer! Well done!
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2005 12:09PM
Aw, thanks Angi, what a lovely comment. Many thanks :o)
akh 19 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 12:30AM
Mel - I have put a link to where you can find Ashley on my last upload.
sze4j 19 56 Singapore
7 Jun 2005 12:42AM
This looks really really good (very "the Crow")...make up looks really professionally done too!! =)

p/s: RAb has pretty nice teeth!! =)
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 1:08AM
Thanks Sze - his teeth are much better than mine, haha!!
rletham 19 890 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 2:23AM
I keep them sharp by chewing on small kittens ;o)
tull 19 181 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 6:11AM
The likeness is incredible,cracking shot Mel.

mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 6:42AM
Thanks Mark, much appreciated.
rletham 19 890 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 7:26AM
Alight, whose arms did you twist then?

ardbeg77 Plus
19 1.3k 7 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 11:01AM
Just superb Mel.

keithh 19 25.8k 33 Wallis And Futuna
7 Jun 2005 12:14PM
Like Alice Cooper meets Cherie Blair...
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 12:18PM

Thanks Steve & Keith :o)
flossie 19 1.6k
7 Jun 2005 1:27PM
Thought he was doing a Frank'n'furter from the thumbnails, I know he's a fan! Love the wicked grin on this one
Your portfolio has grown since I last looked Mel, had a very enjoyable browse through.
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2005 1:33PM
Thanks for looking through my pf. Glad you like this. Rab did look like Frank'n'furter, he's definitely got that Tim Curry thing going on! cheers.
User_Removed 17 132
7 Jun 2005 3:33PM
wonderful image Mel. very powerful. god knows how i missed it

PS congrats on HC
LAF 20 1.7k
7 Jun 2005 4:00PM
Or Richard D. James meets reFRESH. I am SO not gonna sleep well now ;o(

mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2005 2:56AM
Thanks Sten for your comments.

Lee, glad to oblige :o)
scragend 18 3 Scotland
10 Jun 2005 1:25PM
Excellent image! Prefer this one to the other two. Very Tim Curry! Maybe that's a suggestion for another shoot although I think you may have come close to something like that before - if I remember rightly (?).
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2005 11:46PM
Thanks Chris, who knows, maybe we'll do a Rocky Horror shoot at a later date :o)
annaliese 18 421 1 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2005 1:27AM
Superb!! Again very scary to the point where Rab looks like he needs to be committed! excellent Mel.

thorn 18 124 2 Scotland
22 Jun 2005 5:39AM
Hi Melanie,Superb image,Rab makes a great model for you.Stunning composition and presentation.Take care.AnnSmile
thankyou for your kind comments and advice.
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2005 1:36PM
Thanks Ann :o)
funkeldink 19 1.6k 1 Australia
24 Jun 2005 7:29PM
oh yeah
29 Jun 2005 9:24PM
I wouldn't say that Rab's an evil genius......

Awesome shot! Click!

mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2005 1:16PM
Thanks Lozzy and Funky :o)
Origami_Owl 19 786
8 Jul 2005 10:49AM
Woah, this one screams at you from the thumbnail - ace shot.

deviant 19 3.1k 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2005 2:52PM
A cross between the crow and a clockwork orange (In my head anyway) Love it. Really excellent expression.
User_Removed 18 524 England
28 Oct 2005 6:22AM
Ooo only just found this little series. Seriously good - in a kind of freaky and scary way!
mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2005 7:47AM
Thanks Nik - may upload one last pic for Halloween! Smile
User_Removed 19 17.9k 8 Norway
30 Oct 2005 10:31AM
Fantastic Mel. Just sooooooo good.

mellyleth 18 212 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2005 11:04AM
Cheers Mike Smile

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