Walking Dead Star Norman Reedus Replaces Crossbow with Camera
Renowned actor Norman Reedus, best known for his portrayal as Daryl Dixon in the television series The Walking Dead, is also an international artist and photographer. Step inside the inventive mind of Reedus by taking a look at his recently published book, The Sun’s Coming Up… Like a Big Bald Head. It is filled with dark and gruesome images that exist somewhere between Reedus’s reality and our own.
“I’ve always thought Norman has sexy eyes, the sleepy sexy eyes. Millions of us watch him take aim with a crossbow to shoot Zombies with such astounding accuracy that we feel deep gratitude for his talents. So those sleepy sexy eyes are piercing as well as pretty and I know you will agree with me when you look at what else he’s been shooting…” Deborah Harry.
The images grab and pull us through haunting streets of eastern Europe, introduces us to a naked woman covered in blood and nearly terrifies us with portraits of humanoid monsters; then exposes us to a beautiful reality filled with forests in autumn, sleeping animals, lightning hitting trees and window lit portraits of his son Mingus whom the book is dedicated to, “To Mingus, love you like the ocean.”
The Sun’s Coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head is a remarkable non-linear narrative depicting both personal life and everyday experiences of actor and artist Norman Reedus. It is fast paced, and image after image reveals something new and unexpected; it is a perfect amalgamation of stillness and chaos. In the beginning it seems obvious, like you already knew exactly what you were going to look at, but, like the actor, it reaches greater depth once you move past the first few pages. It has no separation between subject and photographer. He is in the image with his subjects. There is no barrier. It’s very sensual and intimate. If I were to place this book into a genre of photography I would say it falls very close to documentary photography. Reedus is documenting his personal experiences and what’s going on around him. The nature of the work questions the idea of documentary, and if his life is in cinema (something primarily staged) is it any less documentary? I think not. I really enjoyed the journey I was able to take with Reedus and highly recommend checking out The Sun’s coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head.