Prince Scarlet / 2007 / SML
Prince was attacked by an unleashed dog during his Sunday walk (2007.04.29). He was bleeding so much (which covered half of my jacket) during the incident that when I was trying to hail for a cab to get to the emergency hospital, the cab drivers thought that the blood was mine and I could only get a single one to stop after 30 of them went by. He was severely injured and had been staying in the hospital for four days.
I took a series of photography last Saturday (2007.05.05) as necessary court evidence, but could not get myself to process the photographs as it was simply too much to bear.
I realized today that if I treat the subject matter as simply a composition of lines, forms and color, similar to Project Deadyard, I would be able to face these photographs while remaining calm. This tactic seemed to be paying off. I will be making more of these photographs as his scar heals.
Because of this experience, I also became much more appreciative of Witkin's work more than ever before.