The Pictures I’d Take in a Zombie Apocalypse

My boyfriend and I have been binge watching The Walking Dead on Netflix. We’re on Season 4. He’s seen all the episodes already, so I have a bad habit of asking him questions constantly. For awhile, I kept saying “I want to see someone who is still making art in all of this. Someone who’s hoarding film or collecting plants to make pigments from. Is there ever anyone who does something like that?” Even in The 100 there’s some painting and drawing going on. Eric (my boyfriend) vehemently told me “No.” Well, he lied. Glenn, is later shown taking a picture of Maggie with, from what I can tell, is a Dianna Instant. Did he raid an abandoned Urban Outfitters? Did he have it the whole time and we just never saw it? Maybe he took it from a house… (the internet knows more than me and he apparently got it from his grocery store run, it also seems that the grocery store has plenty of batteries)

In any case, a Polaroid-type camera is probably the most practical for an end of the world scenario. With any modern digital camera, you’re overly reliant on electricity. You’d be okay until your battery died. Maybe you could spend a stint in Woodbury to recharge it, or you could come across an abandoned camera store (not that many of those exist anymore) and collect all their batteries. Then you have the issue of memory cards. I suppose you use one ’til it’s full then switch to another, saving each one in a little pouch, only looking at the images on the camera screen as your battery life allows, hoping for the day you can upload them to a computer or print them once again.

A film camera seems appropriate, but whether a modern film slr or even a large format film camera- the main issue lies in developing the pictures. Sure, once again, you could just save the film as you fill it up (assuming for the film slr you have a slew of batteries) pining for the chance to develop it and never ever seeing the pictures. But, for the full effect you really need to see your creation. So you grab yourself an enlarger, some bins, and whatever chemicals that camera store has left. Which, granted if they even still sold this stuff, it would most definitely still be there because who in their right mind is going to try to carry jugs of chemicals and a huge, heavy, enlarger head around with them? To be fair, I’m sure whoever already had a trailer converted to a darkroom/ giant pinhole camera before the world as we know it ended would still continue to pull it around until they absolutely couldn’t anymore.

While I’m sure I’m skipping a few options, in a round about way, this brings me back to the possibility of Instant cameras like Glenn’s. Pros: The image prints straight from the camera, no looking at it on a screen or finding a stash of photo chemicals, Cons: Still the whole battery thing, and  where on earth are you going to find more film? There’s only like 10 images per film pack. Better use them wisely, or you need to find that Urban Outfitters or maybe the Lomography warehouse. In Glenn’s defense, as far as I can tell, he’s only taken 1 picture which means he’s conserving that film and battery life just fine.

I don’t have an instant camera. Throw me into the Zombie Apocalypse and I’d wind up with my Olympus Tough TG-3, because it’s already in my purse. That also lands me with a 1gb memory card, which is entirely impractical when I’m planning on only saving images on my memory card. And there’s no internet, so that renders the whole, this camera has built in wifi thing useless. Let’s pretend I have my 32gb card and a full battery. With that, I’m going to take the approach of shooting everything I can until I fill up the card or the battery dies, and really really hope to sneak in and out of Woodbury as electricity is needed. Let’s just hope there’s a weak point somewhere, an outlet no one’s using and I don’t run into the governor.

Now onto the important stuff. What pictures would I take?

If I managed to take some minis with me (because of course when there are zombies everywhere I turn to my miniature collection), I’d have grabbed my zombie and maybe my farmer or one of my photographers- because they’re my favorites, and yet, also oddly fitting. I could no longer be the, practically only in the studio photographer that I currently am, but I could still place some representational figurines about- when things are calm of course.

Zombie in front of crowd

{look at you, you’re just like all those other boogers…except, you won’t eat me}

Farmer with Plant

{maybe you can bring me good luck with growing some crops}


 {Looks like this is where we’ll be staying for awhile. Gotta seal up these windows.}

Depending on how crazy I was feeling, I may throw caution to the wind a time or two and snap a photo of a zombie on top of me trying to eat my face, just before I stab it in the head. Gotta capture the fear of the era somehow.

Zombie Head Close Up

I’d of course have to snap a couple photos of my loved ones. You know, for those times you need some strength or hope, or to preserve their memory in case of their demise. Do you think a cat would hold its own against some zombies? Let’s pretend Wolfgang (my cat) would make it. Oh, and Daisy (my bird) would be just fine too.

I got to spend some time with this lovely guy :)

 {Apocalypse selfie – skinny and worn out because of this mess, but smiling because we still have each other – and it’s a picture, so we have to…}

Wolfgang in Woods

{At least someone’s managing to sleep.}


 {Daisy. We all seem to have blood on our faces these days.}

If I were in Glenn’s position, and my group lowered me into a well to attach a rope to a bloated zombie, before I came to my senses, I would totally take a picture of that ugly thing.

While I’m all about those abandoned building pictures now, they’d probably lose their magic in light of everything being abandoned. So, I suppose that’s one thing I wouldn’t take a picture of in a zombie apocalypse, at least not after the first few weeks of it.

I would, however, set something on fire just to watch it burn. I can imagine doing plenty of questionable things, just because I could- not anything that would hurt someone though.


 {Ha. Bout time someone burnt that thing down.}

Long story short, I just can’t believe that even when the world goes to crap, there aren’t some people who retain that drive to create.

Your turn.

Would you continue your art, or other profession during the zombie apocalypse? How and why?

“A bowman. I respect that. See a man with a rifle, he could have been some kind of photographer or a soccer coach back in the day. But a bowman’s a bowman through and through.”- Joe, The Walking Dead, Season 4 Episode 13, Alone


Image Information:

  1. O scale figure, painted to look like a zombie, held up over a crowd of HO scale figures. Actually shot with my TG3. See more of the zombie figure here.
  2. HO scale farmer in the shade of full scale fake leaves. See more of the farmer here.
  3. HO scale figure on a window sill in Public School #4. See the original post here.
  4. Zombie face sculpted with polymer clay and painted. Shot with TG3.
  5. Me and Eric on the last day of a 2 month long summer camp we both worked at in 2013. We were sleep deprived and honestly hadn’t been eating a ton, so it seemed fitting for this post.
  6. A miniature cat, to represent my real one, in a mini forest (because Wolfgang doesn’t go outside, not even for pictures, but he’d have to if we were on the move). Shot with my TG3.
  7. A cropped in version of ‘Daisy and the Unwanted House Guest.’ A miniature, polymer clay, distressed representation of my bird.
  8. A miniature, wooden, burning barn. See the original post here.


23 thoughts on “The Pictures I’d Take in a Zombie Apocalypse

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    1. There’s gotta be a use for accounting in the zombie apocalypse. Although I think both you and I might need to get better at our survival skills before we are able to use our other attributes. Granted you could already be preparing for that along side your accounting. Who am I to know?

  1. I would continue, if only to escape the world. Not sure what my art would be, nut I’d try something at least.

    There’s a Twilight Zone episode called “The Midnight Sun”, where the Earth’s orbit is thrown off and is moving closer and closer to the sun. One of the main characters is an artist who keeps painting pictures of the sun as it grows closer. I guess in her case it was like therapy, coping with the inevitable.

    1. Ooh now I want to see that episode. Thanks

      And yea, realistically I’m sure there’s plenty of times where each of us would give up on our art, putting safety, food and shelter 1st, but I’m sure in those quiet times it would serve as a good distraction/therapy.

  2. I love your photos, I wish I could watch them printed.

    About your question up there, I did take with me a polaroid and lots of polaroid film, and just take photos of the zombies, it can be amazing !!!

    By the way, did you read the Walking Dead comics ? If not, I higly recommend them …

    Well, take care, hugs.

  3. I love it! Yes, I think I would still take pictures (if possible) because it may help keep me sane and give me a purpose. And, if anyone finds my pictures after I am eaten….they will be history. But, let’s hope I live and can just turn them into someone official for historical documentation later:)

    1. Ha, thanks. Keeping sane is a definite plus. I was about to say “like how you just know you’re going to get eaten,” but then I read your last sentence. :P For those of us who keep up the photos, eaten or not, hopefully our work will be shown in history books and galleries alike for years to come. ;)

  4. Ha. Love the post. The main part of my job is regulation of international aviation – not sure there will be much call for that after the zombie apocalypse :) . In terms of photography I’d probably shoot too much in the early days – and then be stuffed once my memory card was full and my batteries were all flat :(.

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