Eh, so when I encountered the guy, he happened to be slaughtering and cleaning ducks. I asked if I could take some pictures and he said yeah. Here's my favorite...
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I'm all for depicting brutality when appropriate, but the gorier pictures weren't working for me. In retrospect, they ended up being ONLY about the gore and nothing more, so I cut them. Also, I only had a very short window to shoot, and my technique got sloppy. So I unfortunately had about 3 or 4 other shots that were ruined by the focus being too off. This picture is also quite soft (especially in the face), but I think that actually sort of works in a sense. Also, it's super-noisy, but I made a test print and loved the way that it looked.
Anyway, I really like this one. I still think that this picture needs a little more work (and possibly even another reshoot). But I think that conceptually, it's pretty cool. Sort of like if Calvin Kline released an underwear ad by dragging dirty hobos off of the street to use as models. I think what I like most about this picture is the contrast. The idea of taking someone doing some everyday ugly stuff, and then shooting that in the context of an obviously contrived studio shot.
Anyway, the model agreed to do more work with me, and this time I'll be refining my techniques and hopefully not being quite as sloppy. I'm just wondering what you think of the general concept.