Swine Flu Anyone?

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Explored! April 29, 2009 #448!

Tonight's idea came from what i've been reading on the news.

I'm not doing a new self portrait every night, i'll run out of ideas.
Just have my gear with me in my room for now.
Gonna try and take a new one once a week.

1. Reading about the swine flu kinda scares me honestly.
2. Who's idea was it to fly Air Force One that low over Manhattan?
3. It cost $328,835 to fly the 747 & F-16 for the photo shoot.
4. Yet people are homeless and jobless.
5. 1 1/2 meals a day isn't cutting it.
6. I've lost 30ish pounds since January.
7. I really want a Sigma 10-20mm lens.
8. Gas masks are very uncomfortable.
9. I think i ripped a ear off taking the gas mask off.
10. I want some Spicy Chicken Alfredo from Zio's.
11. Have a hip-hop group to shoot this week.
12. Hopefully the weather works with me, don't think it will though.

Lighting Info
B1600 through beauty dish boomed above me
AB 40 degree grid on beauty dish
Fired by CyberSyncs

sadplant, ayo andrsn, london jade, and 49 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Dubtastic 73 months ago | reply

    Nice! I have a 10-20 but am not selling it. ;-)

  2. london jade 73 months ago | reply

    hahah i was just talking about wearing gas masks!


    lovely photo!

  3. victorjet 73 months ago | reply

    Nos encantaria ver tu foto en el grupo:
    we'd love to have your photo added to the group:
    “Critica mi foto - review my photo ”

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  4. IC-UC 73 months ago | reply

    Swine flew … pigs will fly!

  5. IC-UC 73 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cul-de-Sac, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  6. lachshand 73 months ago | reply

    Thanks for posting this image, Ben. Using it in my Overkill: This is Your Brain on Swine Flu Coverage post at www.supereco.com, with attribution to you, of course. Thanks!!!! Best, Kim L.S.

  7. -Will- 73 months ago | reply

    i had the exact same idea last night ! My photo is tooo similar. I even have the same gas mask!! And i am saving up for the sigma !

  8. Sadie Hernandez 72 months ago | reply

    Get this, they closed down our school for a week, so they say.
    So everyone is having fun, going to the beach...and suddenly they say, "School will be open Friday." JUST FRIDAY. Randomly Friday!
    So everyone was upset that Swine Break '09 was cut short. =(

    It was fine for me, I chilled at the playground of the elementary that had a suspected case of Swine. =) It was a fun 4 days!

  9. benchau.com 72 months ago | reply

    haha that sucks to go back on a Friday of all days.
    I don't think there was any confirmed cases of swine flu in Oklahoma.

    All the hysteria seems to be dying down now.

  10. JessPK212 [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC! such a tragedy to know 8,451 has been confirmed in over 30 countries.

    This is an amazing photography kudos mate.

  11. benchau.com 72 months ago | reply

    thanks JessPK212!

  12. JessPK212 [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    You're welcome Ben keep up the great work.

  13. explanation kills art. 72 months ago | reply

    they said obama would be president when pigs fly, well swine flu! ha get it...ha. its stupid, but this is awesome! good idea.

  14. The Sodom & Gomorrah Show! [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    Fantastic image! Great job!

    Oh, and swine flu is a hoax! Its the Chemtrails!

  15. rocco11510 69 months ago | reply

    That portrait is FREAKING AWESOME!!! Great job! Haha. I love it.

  16. redl 64 months ago | reply

    nice work. I used it here leuropa.eu/albert-osterhaus

  17. add my new account [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

    this is epic, i want a gas mask so bad!
    they're great photography props.
    love this photo :-) a fave

  18. ♫ joyousjoym~ Blessings♥ 52 months ago | reply

    You are invited to share this and all of your flu pic's !

    if you haven't already
    please Join the fight against swine flu!

    Fight Swine Flu
    Life as we knew it has changed!

  19. Jeff* 51 months ago | reply

    Bizarre and compelling image!
    self-portrait exhibition

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