As it's Halloween we are looking at where fiction and fantasy meet photography. Focusing mainly on fictional film characters our weekly inspirational person is none other than Christine McConnell. She is not only a photographer, but seamstress, baker and set designer and maker, amongst other things.
McConnell trained as a hair and make-up artist but taught herself to bake watching YouTube videos, which has earned her the name of The Gothic Bake Queen and rightly so, she truly does create gorgeous cakes that are out of this world. Heavily enamoured by the 40's, 50's and 60's she draws her influences from these eras and adds them to her influences drawn from the work of her idols: Tim Burton, Vincent Price, Alfred Hitchcock and Paula Deen, creating a spooky but beautiful homage to the past, film and bakery.
You can usually find McConnell featured in her own works on her addictive Instagram feed - @christinehmcconnell, often using her photography skills to replicate herself as multiple characters in one scene. She shows off her multi-disciplinary artistry which leaves you wanting to see more. Creating usually for family, friends and just for fun she has recently stood in the limelight when she was take on by 20th century Fox to help market the film Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. She famously made the house out of gingerbread influenced by Tim Burton of course, which was used across campaigns for the movie and was displayed at the screening of the film.
This is definitely why she is our inspirational person of the week. You truly get emerged into the story she creates through her work, every detail captures the eye, leaving you fully immersed and devoted for 'the girl next door'.