Bear in mind, this first photo was taken with an iPhone. I went to a party where there was a snail in a garden. I realize they eat plants, and people don't like when there are too many. However, I rarely see them anywhere. I know people buy them for aquariums, because they are good for that type of ecosystem, as they eat algae. I cannot vilify them. I placed one in my hand. He was nestled in tight and looked like an empty shell. Other guests told me he'd never come out. Let me totally nerd out and say slugs are not snails; they are two different animals. I sat calmly with him in my hand. He felt safe with me, eventually, and curious of what this alabaster hand was like. He slowly stuck out his feelers. It was not at all gross, it was adorable and only lasted a few moments. These animals look ancient to me. They are creations of the universe, or God's creations, or whatever you believe, as much as we are.
This summer I received a magazine called Paper, by an artistic Swedish company called Acne. It flew to me all the way from Scandinavia, a place I'm enamored of. It arrived in tissue paper with paint splatters and drip marks.
Above is what I took today. Below is the uninterrupted original version by Mr. Walker
It isn't a glossy publication, which made for awesome photos in today's fading sunlight. I enjoy seeing the shadows.
There's a larger than life snail on the wall, on the bed, and under the table. There's something sexy about the animals, and I'm not positive why, precisely. They're fascinating with their horns, hard shells, hypnotic spirals, and stickiness. Some say they are beautiful, others say they are horrid. What say you?
One of the pages shows the girl raising her chin.
I put a real violet on the page... you get a sense of how enormous the pages are.
The shoot has a little touch of the Baroque period.
Something else I could tell you is that one of Aesop's fables was called
"The Snail and the Mirror."
I notice the model is holding a mirror in a few of these; it's very subtle. I'm not saying the set designers were definitely thinking of the fable. Still I thought I'd point out the possibility.
You're encouraged to click on every photo, until I widen this column. I want you to see the silhouettes from the thistle flowers! Those details turned out beautifully... the shadows looked like paintbrush strokes, thanks to the sun setting while I photographed.