Derek Blanks, a local photographer, got some great publicity courtesy of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” in which his “alter ego” photos were taken of each housewife.
Not only did his photos get great feedback from the ladies, he avoided any real drama.
Bravo, he said, didn’t twist the events related to him.
He first met NeNe last year for some photos and they became friends. He suggested to her that they all do portratis for him. And alas, it became a two-episode story arc for the show.
The concept of the photos are to take shots of the same person in two opposing personas (angel-devil, sweet-bitter, et. al), then merge them together into a seamless photo. He has also done alter egos for the likes of Ciara , Akon, Monica and Jennifer Hudson and hopes to turn it all into a coffee table book.
His take on each person–
Kim Zolciak (Stepford Wife/ Mistress) : “I’m not sure she got the entire concept. I would have liked to have seen more expression on her face.” (A colleague of mine said the laundromat they used at Ansley Mall Fashionaid has had folks come by to take pictures at dryer #7 where Kim was shot.)
Kandi Burress (DUI driver/victim): “She did an excellent job. We had an artist paint cracks on the window. We added lens flares as possible car lights. Smoke machines. Hers was the most elaborate. I enjoyed it.”
Lisa Wu Hartwell (bully/victim): “I think she’s done some acting. She’s a good actress. She followed directions really well.”
Sheree Whitfield (stealing from herself): “She was a little uncomfortable at first. She needed a little help to pull that off. Kandi helped her get her true emotion out. It came out nice. It was the last favorite to shoot but I was pleased how it turned out.”
NeNe Leakes (stripper/prim customer): “She had a good time. She enjoyed it. She’s a character.”
He got more than 100 inquiries after the shows aired. “I’m thankful,” he said. “I’ve been busy.”
Episode number 9 of season two is on tonight at 10 p.m.