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Glamour Dead | by Brad Shoopman
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Glamour Dead

This is from a creative shoot I did with my sister, Moriah (the model). I want to be a forensic Scientist, and this "dead" project was inspired by that passion. With this project, I am trying to convey the horror I associate with murder and those who kill, as well as the injustices we see on a daily basis when murderers aren't caught or are not convicted; a dark prospect for future victims of that killer who slipped through the cracks.

 

Now, I know the "beauty" element in these photos contradicts with "horror," and that is very intentional. When someone sees a photo that's supposed to be of a dead person, typically they would think of something ugly and horrible and gritty. But, when someone sees this photo, they're going to think "Death isn't this pretty. This photographer is just feeding beauty stereotypes." And that's exactly what I want. Because that forces everyone to critically realize the horror of death. If someone saw a bloody, gritty image, they're typically going to either be disgusted or uninterested, both of which result in further scrolling--no thinking. But, when they see this, I suspect they will be intrigued (because it fulfills the stereotype of beauty, which is what grabs people's attention). My only hope is that people are intrigued enough to think. To think about death as it is in reality: repulsive.

 

(Ps. I'm also an English minor, if you couldn't tell.)

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Taken on July 22, 2012