Another shot that has long been on my ‘to do’ list was Roxanne by The Police. The red light essential because the song mentions it so many times! However, I always thought an actual red light in the shot was too obvious and was a bit stuck. I decided to just get on with it and booked the gorgeous, bubbly and bright “April Blue” and told her what I was trying to do.
I have to admit, the idea of a red bulb in an overhead light was hers. She also suggested the book giving our heroine prostitute an intellect and possible hope for the future. I love how these projects develop with collaboration. I decided the overhead camera angle gave a voyeuristic sense to the final image.
The processing was all me however! I wanted a seedy feel for sure but also a 70’s contrasty saturated look. Sting wrote the song in Paris and I wanted to create that feel. I think the song offers hope, an escape from lower times so the image is not intended to be a totally desolate one.