Power Corn!

by gregkochphoto

As usual, this idea began with a drawing:

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I’ve always been drawn to fish-out-of-water scenarios. It’s deeply meaningful, and funny, to me to combine two elements that wouldn’t normally go together. Plus, eating corn with a 36-volt cordless drill seems somehow appropriate, given my latent redneck tendencies.

Because this is a simple concept, I wanted a simple execution. There are no fancy lighting setups, no stupendous costumes. Just the wife and a good old ear of (non-organic) corn.

The thing about any photo project is that almost universally your original vision does not convey the problem you will face when executing on that vision. In this case, I quickly learned that the placement of the corn on the face can greatly affect the overall efficacy of the final image, as can be evidenced from this test shot.

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Beyond the usual considerations of wardrobe and lighting design, character expression became quite important. Though the storyboard above called for a happy-go-lucky face, the idea just seemed more…manic to me. So we played around a bit until we found the (ahem) sweet spot.

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This whole shoot, in fact, was made on the details. Eyes open or closed?

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Two hands on the drill or one? Tongue or no tongue?

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Eventually, we arrived at the proper combination of lighting, wardrobe, facial expression, drill placement, and set dressing.

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Ear’s to a good day at work!

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