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Organ market

I Imagined Organ Trade Market And Created Photo Out Of It.

Surgeon on a meat market. Absolutely ridicilous and simple idea so it had to be done for real! I am very lucky to have so many great friends with massive storages of strange stuff that they are willing to lent. I remembered that one of my friends had a stretcher so I only needed meat counter with innards and couple of models. As I was talking about this project to another friend of mine, he then firgure out how to get models, meat counter and innards at once. One call and all was set, photoshoot next week. What a great feeling to have these kind of contacts and people around me!

As always I first did a very raw sketch drawing using photoshop. This way I know what we need for the scene and does the idea come through the image. Then we figured out the costumes for the models. Surgeon costume we bought from local costume shop, butcher only needed apron and luckily one of the models had one so the last thing we needed was the patients item that we got from a very friendy vet.

Photoshoot was placed in a quite big garage. And as usually, big garages has lot of stuff in them so we didnt have too much space to play around. Well, too much free space is waste of space so we figured out that if we move the counter so that it is angled towards the wall, I could frame my camera so that all unnecessary items wont be on the photo. As the set was build I begun to make the lightsetup.

I used one Godox AD360 with parabolic softbox P90L on front angled 45 degrees down, two 50 x 70 gridded softboxes on both side of the scene with Godox AD360 and Godox V1, one snoot with Nikon-sb24 to light butchers face and one Selens 60 x 90 softbox with Nikon sb-24 on the left front side to open shadows.

In post-processing I added text to the old Ads we placed on the scene and also broken window on the wall.

BTS- video: https://youtu.be/mdmTHIpMM8A

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Gruesome, but excellent - as usual.


Would you consider something similar to highlight the CCP treatment of the Uyghur?

It would get a lot of attention.