This Incredible Joker Photo Was Made With Simple Household Items

Joker Free Fall Photo by Arjun Menon

While spending more time at home these days, Indian photographer Arjun Menon is testing the phrase, “limitation is the mother of creativity.” Using household items and action figures, he's been able to take some dynamic photographs inspired by his favorite comic book characters. This includes Free Fall, an exceptional image of Joker appearing to fall from a skyscraper into darkness.

Though the final image looks polished, its building blocks were quite rudimentary. “I started looking for things within my home that would fit a scene well,” Menon tells My Modern Met. “And suddenly the world opened up to me. I started seeing ordinary objects in abstract ways and would break them down into design elements. These could be anything from a cheese grater to an oven or a PC cabinet.”

To make Gotham come to life, Menon got creative, starting with an AC cover. He realized that its long shape would be perfect for the skyscraper, as the front slots would let light filter through. Now he just needed to fill out the rest of the scene. “I eventually realized the air filters from the AC also reminded me of glass building windows,” he recalls. “So I thought if I filled in the gaps with tiny LED lights, this could pretend to look like a believable backdrop. For the streetlights, I used LED strips. Ice trays, a Bluetooth speaker, dumbbells, lampshades, etc. could pass off as buildings far away and—tadaaa—I had a set!”

In order to create the snowy environment, Menon used shaving cream and cornflour on the structures. The snowflakes floating in the sky are actually hairspray that he spritzed while shooting. Once the scene was in place, Menon just needed to work out the perfect angles for his Joker figurine.

After some trial and error, he was able to get the scale of the figure in proportion to the buildings and create the emotional impact he was looking for. The result is an image that perfectly captures the psychosis of Joker, who is plummeting to his death but seems to rather enjoy it. For Menon, working with this character was a way to let his creativity flow even during India's lockdown.

Photographer Arjun Menon got creative for a home photoshoot while on lockdown.

Home Photo Shoot Setup

He sourced household items to make Gotham city for his Joker action figure.

Household Items Used for Photo Shoot

Fake Snow for Photo Shoot

And through trial and error made this supervillain photo shoot come to life.

Home Photo Shoot with Action Figure

Home Photo Shoot with Action Figure

Arjun Menon: Website | Facebook | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Arjun Menon.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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