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3/52 | The Death Star Streaker

52 Weeks of Star Wars is a weekly photo project starring various characters from the Star Wars franchise. This photo project is a continuation of sorts to my original series; 365 Days of Clones, specially my Cloned Photos mini-series.

 

Today marks the third creation in this year long adventure. As the title suggests; 52 Weeks of Star Wars, one new photo will be taken, edited and added to the running total every Sunday. The twist is that all the images will be a recreation of sorts of a previous image. Some; like today, will be a recreation from a famous image of the 20th century, while others will be movie posters or album covers. There may even be the odd recreation of a painting!

 

“The Death Star Streaker” is my take on infamous photograph taken by Ian Bradshaw depicting “The Twickenham Streaker”. Bradshaw’s image was taken on April 20, 1974 and was the winner of LIFE magazine’s “Picture of the Year", People Magazine Picture of the Decade and a World Press Photo Award. Bradshaw’s photograph depicts Michael O’Brien; an Australian stockbroker, being escorted off the Twickenham rugby pitch by a group of English bobbies. O’Brien became the first in a long line of “streakers” at professional sporting events around the world by excepting a $25.00 bet from a group of friends!

 

Some of you may be wondering why I chose to create a Cloned Photo based upon Ian Bradshaw’s “The Twickenham Streaker”. Well to be honest it is one of the most amusing photographs of the 20th century and I had originally intended to create it during my 365 Days of Clones series, however, I discovered that it was taken on April 20th a little too late... Another reason for this particular recreation is that I love all the little details that a photographic image can hold. The camera captures everything indiscriminately and this photograph is a great example of this. When you begin to investigate the photograph, there are a lot of details that at first glance could be missed. The scene depicts three English bobbies escorting Michael O’Brien off the rugby pitch. You would think that these officers would be very serious, however, when you look at their facial expressions, they all appear to be grinning or laughing at what they have just witnessed. The placement of one of the bobby’s hats at the time of the photograph is one of those “deceive moments” that Henri-Cartier Bresson was well known for and really make this image work. There is also a gentleman in the background who is feverishly running after the group with a jacket to cover up O’Brien “indecent exposure”. Finally, if you look very carefully at the crowd, almost everyone is smiling or laughing at what they have just witnessed.

 

For some reason, the Star Wars connection I seemed to make over and over again in my head was the infamous scene when Luke and Han (the Stormtrooper without a helmet) take a handcuffed Chewbacca to free Princess Leia from her cell in the prison escape sequence... Who knows, perhaps O'Brien intended to get arrested?

 

Enjoy!

 

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Taken on January 21, 2012