PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Violent “Walking Dead” scenes starring small children were part of a series of photos that got a local mother banned from Facebook.
Now, she’s defending herself.
A 6-year-old being chased by a pack of zombies, and a 3-year-old pointing a gun at another child’s head.
They’re images that some may find disturbing — but for Alana Hubbard, a mother and professional photographer — it’s all part of a re-enactment of scenes from her favorite TV show, “The Walking Dead.”
“I didn’t create those poses. None of those pictures that were taken were my own original ideas,” she told CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco.
Hubbard enlisted 24 children, including her own, ages 3 to 7 to take part in her vision — a collection of pivotal scenes from the hit zombie apocalypse drama — with fake guns, crossbows, bats, swords, and fake blood added in post-production. The children in the pictures are unaware of the content.
“We run around and play guns and it was pretend,” Mason Smith, 3, said.
Their parents — many of whom are fans of the show — see nothing wrong with the images.
“If he wanted to do it, and if this is something he wanted to be a part of,” Michael Smith said, “And then tell him at the end of the day it’s all make believe.”
“We really didn’t think it was going to offend anybody in that sort of way,” Alexandra Vasquez said.
“Oh my God, that’s terrible. I can’t even believe they did that,” Rosalinda De Lucca said.
Facebook even deleted some of the images deeming them too graphic, and banned Hubbard for 72 hours for violating their terms.
The show’s official website posted the pictures which have been seen by thousands.
“The point of art is to create emotion, to create conversation and that’s what we’ve done,” Hubbard said.
Hubbard said she plans to shoot another series of “Walking Dead” photographs with the children and might even re-create scenes from other shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Game of Thrones.”