The Bark Mask 02 feels like a very primal image, drawing on stories
of mythical forest/woodland deities. It is the the second mask I created in 2012.
The base is a blank Venetian volto mask, painted to resemble bare wood, then
three-quarters covered with oak bark.
The photograph has a deliberately narrow depth-of-field, to keep the mask as
the focus of the image and to keep the human element at a clear distance (in
common with how a mask can dehumanise the wearer).
The purpose of this first photoshoot was just to get a feeling for how the masks would
work on camera under photography lights. I was fairly pleased with the results, and I
also learnt a few lessons for future photographs with masks.