How do you kill a zombie? If you were to break it down, shot-by-shot, what would it look like? Dylan Coulter photographed The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Steven Yeun, and Lauren Cohan on July 13 in Atlanta for Entertainment Weekly. Using multiple-exposure, Coulter answered those questions.
He began by taking separate photographs at separate exposures. In post-production, he put them together, overlapping images very selectively. There, he toyed with transparency, lightness, and darkness, emphasizing and de-emphasizing layers at his discretion. Coulter’s photographs resulted in four separate covers for each character, with Yeun and Cohan sharing a cover. All appear as their respective characters. All exude energy.
“As a technique I think what it’s great for is really conveying movement and energy and a sense of motion in a still image,” Coulter said. “You can show something, point A to point B.”
Look to Reedus’ cover (pictured above) as an example. The cover features five images of Daryl. In the back right-hand corner, Daryl is crouching, low to the ground, preparing to leap. Here, the images are fairly transparent. The subsequent images, layered on top of each other, show Daryl leaping higher and higher into the air. The final image of Daryl in motion shows him front and center, arrows in hand, preparing to attack an unseen zombie. Here, he is not transparent at all. He is a fully realized, zombie-killing machine.