Nothing makes for a great photo like an equally impressive moment. Whether it’s an outpouring of jubilation, a solemn, tearful lament, or the grasping of victory, a one-of-a-kind moment is a photographer’s best friend. So, why not make some great moments for yourself, even if it pains you (or some of your friends) to do so? Enter Photographers Ofir Abe and Ben Saar.
“We gathered people claiming to love spicy food and people that never eat spicy food to capture their reaction to hot sauces that range between 250,000 and 4,000,000 Scoville units,” said Abe, who assured us he tried all of the sauces himself. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would want to discover whatever the heck the difference between the above spiciness ratings tastes like. But, it does seem appropriate to photograph the resulting expressions for the rest of us to enjoy.
These faces are nothing short of hilarious. In fact, the entire project seems to make a tongue-in-cheek reference to a lot of portrait collections that feature dogs licking peanut butter from their noses and such, which Abe hints at: “Photography-wise, I was aiming for that Jill Greenberg's ‘Crying Babies’ look, with red background serving the spicy look of the event.”
Call it daring, or call it just plain masochistic. Either way, it's hard not to applaud all of the models who lined up to give us this photographic and comic gold.