Comment added on Thursday, 16 September 2021
Thank you Margaret.
There actually wasn't much editing needed as I got the light and the fake blood in camera. I used a tight snoot with a bit of tape to shape the light where I wanted it.
It took a few goes to cut a piece of cardboard to the shape I wanted but got there in the end. Then it was just a matter of converting to B&W and leave the blue and red in.
We tried a shot with her looking at us directly but it didn't work as well. I thought looking to the side was re-enforcing the feeling of fear.
Many thanks again for your feedback.
Comment added on Wednesday, 15 September 2021
You speak in this image for many who share your grief at the current unfolding tragedy. While acknowledging that there is more editing involved here than appears on the surface (it looks superficially like a simple portrait) it has a far bigger impact I think because its message is so terrible but delivered so simply. Only when you pause to ponder do you realise how many symbols are here. The torn paper barrier through which we see her (broken promises?) the surrounding black background implying her hijab, her blue eyes, one of the symbols of beauty with its one bloody tear. Why does she not look at us?