Sherman photographed her Film Stills
remotely with a shutter release, a metal cable or wire that was attached to her camera’s shutter button at one end. On the other end of the cable was a trigger that Sherman held in her hand. When she pressed the trigger, it activated the camera’s shutter and took the picture. Sherman usually hid the wire in her costumes or props
. In Untitled Film Still #35
, you can see the shutter release wire at the bottom left of the photograph. Here, Sherman used a dramatic, low-angle view, copying a technique that filmmakers use for movies. Her costume and makeup, as well as her pose
and facial expression are of a sassy, tough housewife. Surrounded by the details of her work, the character in Untitled Film Still #35
turns away from the camera but looks back over her shoulder.