Saturday, December 13, 2008
"The Racial Stereotypes"
I'm definitely not one to shy away from a little controversy from time to time. My personality is what strangers have called "outspoken" on good days and downright "rude" on bad ones. I can't deny that there is a large aspect of my personality that tends to be a bit extreme, but I like to think I also have a quiet, thoughtful side, too. Well, that is not the part I am going to mention in this post.
I get some crazy ideas for images now and again. Often I am told to shoot more photos of men, to stop being so confrontational with my images that tend to make women look bad. So, to answer those people I decided to make some really controversial images of men that made them look really bad. My most popular, if that would be the correct adjective, has been "The Racial Stereotype".
I got a kid who works in the photo department of my local drug store to model, had an official-looking Ku Klux Klan robe made and personally sewed the hood, shooting on location in a one-hundred year old barn. The hood was easy to make, convincing the model was much easier to do then anticipated, and aside from the dirty look from the woman who owned the embroidery store where I had the robe made, everything went smoothly. Even the shoot itself took less than twenty minutes, taking longer to drive out to the barn than actually setting up the lights and doing it did.
I have many websites on which my photos are seen, but to my surprise the one profile where I have received the most actively supportive, complimentary, and vitriolic comments has been on a very simple modeling site, ModelMayhem.com.
Click on the image above to read all the wonderful comments, they are a rich tapestry of writing all on their own. I enjoy and pay attention to the negative ones, mostly ignoring anything too positive.
Or, you can just view my profile here: www.modelmayhem.com/member.php?id=60635
Okay, now THIS is my first real, official blog post. Thanks for coming along for the ride.