Chapter Three

The punishment chapter looks into the severity of the troubles and how people were affected by this. The idea was to have an unconventional beauty series using SFX make up to show some of the punishments that the paramilitary gangs would have carried out. The chapter depicts tarring and feathering, kneecapping, fights and petrol bombing.


The idea behind this chapter is to convey how serious the troubles were through the art of special effects make up. This unusual beauty series will depict punishments and injury of what people went through during the troubles. The inspiration for this series came from stories of people who lived through the troubles from an interview and archived images from the Belfast Telegraph. The photoshoots in the chapter will be shot in the studio to make the focus on the model and the concept behind each look. traditionally beauty shoots are shot this way as the photographer can control the environment as well. This chapter will also break up the books fashion chapters as it will create a different type of image. Each photoshoot within this chapter will be shot through glass with dripping water droplets. The reason for doing that is to represent a window as if one is looking into these individuals lives.


Look 1: Tarred & Feathered


Tarring and Featuring was a form of public humiliation that the paramilitary gangs often used during the troubles. This form of punishment would have been used on people who would try and stand up to them, or if one did wrong by them. The history of tarring and feathering as a punishment has been dated back to 1189 when Richard I of England used tarring and feathering to punish thieves.


To recreate the tarred look for the photo shoot black treacle will be combined with black food colouring to get a glossy tar look. The makeup artist trailed out different liquids to simulate the tar. We tired liquids such as golden syrup, liquid latex and food coloured shower gel. However, treacle came out on top because of its consistency, along with how easy it came off the skin when mixed with shower gel. By doing so will make the clean-up process easier and safer for the model’s skin.


Look 2: Fist Fight


The idea of the second look will simulate the look of someone just out of a fistfight. The photoshoot will have a simple concept behind it as, the previous shoots within this chapter will use weapons as props. To keep it simple and effective the SFX make-up artist will use moulding putty and dark purple shades of makeup to create bruising around the models face and a couple of gashes on his cheek and nose. The meaning behind this was to show violence outside weapons and public humiliation that could have been caused by these gangs.


Look 3: Baseball Bat


The idea behind this look for the shoot is to have the model fresh out of a head injury from a baseball bat. During the troubles and even to this day. Baseball bats are still used as weapons from gang attacks, and this look is to shine light upon how dangerous these are. Kneecapping will also be expressed in this look as it was a form of punishment used during the troubles. This information was further supported by the interview with the retired police officer.


Look 4: Paramilitary


The final look will portray the freighting image that the paramilitary gangs used by wearing the ski masks and army berets. This look will have a member who has had a head injury as well as a burnt mask from a petrol bomb. The style of this look was supported by the retired policeman interview as he suggested the paramilitaries wore masks and berets during a funeral of a member.