Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.
I did this last year for school. This particular assignment was about the photographer Toscani and his campaigns for Benetton. We had to make a fake campaign for Benetton or another brand imitating his style and I did this.
I was afraid of posting it because all of the Native American appropiation issue, but I am proud of my work, and since the concept has nothing to do with Native Americans I decided to show it and explain it, like I had to do for class.
First, the word WAR in my forehead (because yeah, I used myself as model). It speaks for itself, isn’t it? Means the war, any war, every war. Wars are wrong, but sometimes we choose not to look at it and pretend nothing is happening. But even so, we had the war in our thoughts, like a ghost haunting us.
Second, the black make-up strip covering my eyes. This represents a blindfold. Then why didn’t I use an actual blindfold? Well, the explanation is quite simple: I wanted to mean that the soldiers (most of them, at least), fulfill orders from their superiors because they had to, not because they always like what they are commanded to do. They look and don’t like what they see, but at the same time, is like they were wearing a blindfold.
Third, the two black stripes in my cheek. Well, each cheek represent each one of the parts involved in a war: the civilians and the military. As the left cheek it’s clean, it represents the civilians, and the right cheek, the soldiers, hence the war paint. It’s not like Indian war paint, but more like camouflage paint.
Fourth, the fake blood drop sliding from my mouth. It represents the damage the war does to the people involved in it: the injuries and the scars, and not just the injuries and scars of the body, but the mental ones too.
So far the explanation. I choose to show the non-logo version, but, if you’re curious, the brand chosen was Ray-Ban, because of they famous Ray-Ban Aviator, so popular among military pilots.
The Little Hunter
Vampire Me, from the Blood & Dirt series. Version in Black & White & Red.
Model, photo and post-procesing by Me.
Two places to I will go one day, in a not-so-far future. Or I hope so.
Hair Force One Gallery (a.k.a. my ID on deviantArt)
I know nobody asked, but I like this pic and I want to post it.