Wednesday, June 19, 2013
This fauxto is not for the faint of heart.
This shot was 95% inspired by the young adult novel Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn and 5% inspired by the new TV show Hannibal.
What is there to say about the book this shot was inspired from? A few adjectives come to mind: gruesome, disgusting, beautiful, haunting, fucked-up, bizarre, gorgeous. It would be hard for me to tell you what this book is about without giving anything away, but let's just say that this is easily the most unusual story I've read in a long, long time.
Here is the quote from the book that inspired this shot:
The second I read that line I knew exactly the kind of shot I wanted to do. I wanted to portray that moment just before biting into a human heart.
No, I did not kill a human for the sake of my art. Instead, I hit up my local butcher and ordered a fresh, raw pig's heart. (After consulting with my doctor father, he confirmed that a pig's heart was a good substitute in size and shape for a human heart.)
I picked up my heart from the butcher, who tossed me the vacuumed sealed organ across the shop then yelled, "Stay weird!"
The thing about this photo is that I needed it to be dark, yet beautiful. That's where the show Hannibal comes in. If you've never seen this new show, I recommend at least looking at some screenshots online because it's the most beautifully shot show on TV right now. Simply gorgeous, but horrific. . . much like Another Little Piece. The show is about Hannibal Lecter - you know, the cannibal from Thomas Harris' novels. So drawing inspiration from the show felt like I was still being true to the cannibalistic scenes in Another Little Piece.
I must take a moment to thank my brave friend, Christina, for agreeing to stand in my hot apartment holding a raw pig's heart while dripping with my fake blood concoction.
Originally, my idea for the angle of the shot was top down, looking at the heart from above. When I finished editing my photo (just minor vignetting and highlighting here and there), I was pleased with the result but not thrilled. Then, I got the idea to flip the photo vertically to see what would happen and BOOM - I was in love.
Now, the viewer is no longer a casual observer but the main character. Now YOU are the cannibal, staring down at the feast before you.
Would you like another little piece of my heart?