Swine Flu Anyone?

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

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  • Jason Morrison 6y

    Nice! I have a 10-20 but am not selling it. ;-)
  • london jade 6y

    hahah i was just talking about wearing gas masks!


    lovely photo!
  • victor 6y

    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. (?)
  • Jodi Swiney 6y

    i love this.
  • IC-UC 6y

    Swine flew … pigs will fly!
  • IC-UC 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cul-de-Sac, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • k lachshand 6y

    Thanks for posting this image, Ben. Using it in my Overkill: This is Your Brain on Swine Flu Coverage post at, with attribution to you, of course. Thanks!!!! Best, Kim L.S.
  • Will Ruddick 6y

    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 !
  • Sadie Hernandez 6y

    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!
  • Ben Chau PRO 6y

    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.
  • JessPK212 6y

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

    This is an amazing photography kudos mate.
  • Ben Chau PRO 6y

    thanks JessPK212!
  • JessPK212 6y

    You're welcome Ben keep up the great work.
  • Lebbbbb 6y

    they said obama would be president when pigs fly, well swine flu! ha get it...ha. its stupid, but this is awesome! good idea.
  • The Sodom & Gomorrah Show! 6y

    Fantastic image! Great job!

    Oh, and swine flu is a hoax! Its the Chemtrails!
  • Michael VanderDrift PRO 6y

    That portrait is FREAKING AWESOME!!! Great job! Haha. I love it.
  • Robert Redl 6y

    nice work. I used it here
  • jay cee 5y

    this is epic, i want a gas mask so bad!
    they're great photography props.
    love this photo :-) a fave
  • ♫ joyousjoym~ Blessings♥ PRO 5y

    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!
  • Jeff* PRO 5y

    Bizarre and compelling image!
    self-portrait exhibition
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