On Location: Hillbunker Farms

So the wrap party for Meat You Maker wouldn't be complete without one of the most important and helpful ends to the project, the farms.  I won't focus on all of them, just the one I locally get my eggs from, the farm that has a store next to it offering more than just eggs, a farm where most recently on my visit to shoot was recently blessed with several newborns.  That farm is Hillbunker Farms.

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Color Play and Symbolism: A color evaluation of Meat Your Maker

  Previously, on my blog....

 We discussed how a drummy was destined for something greater than something contrived to more in-line with the flock that was putting out the same unoriginal work day in and day out.  I wanted something with more design/color, something to make you think but not hard.  Something with a message but not too deep as to seem intellectually edgy and smug.  I went with the triptych because I wanted to focus on three sources of meat: "Land Meat" most common of this is cattle with their "transformation" a burger, "Sea Meat" farmed or wild trout and its form being fish sticks, and "Air Meat" Chicken best represented with its counterpart fried chicken.  Examples to these may or may not be the best representation of the animal, seeing as McNuggets are far "worse" for you than fried chicken, but I think it's splitting hairs. Anything deep fried in excess can't do a body good, and the fact all three of these "fast food" representatives can be bought as fast food is enough.

 

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  The three pieces laid out was supposed to start from the top and degrade to the bottom. This is to show the original full of life animals on top and as the eye moves down the food form of them is at the bottom.  Represented for each animal I was leaning on something simple and went with primary colors; Red, Yellow, and Blue.  The animals themselves were going to be secondary colors, Orange, Green, and Purple, with the piece next to it; so the cow is going to be maroon or purple (depending) because the red piece is going to be next to the blue piece.  The background primary colors are supposed to be vivid and slide down to a darker, depressing, more warped version of the original color; kinda like the animal to their product.  The only changes I really swapped up was the fast food items.  The original food stuffs were just going to be the same style of black and white "Banksy-like" street art vector, but I needed more diversity in the street art so I went with different mediums; graffiti, wall art vectors, and billboard halftone ad art.  

  Lastly, the animals were something unique.  Back in the ye olde olden days, animals were a form of payment in trade.  Barter system aside, the fact is livestock did and still do have financial value. Which got me thinking about the art style of U.S. currency, which always interested me. The line stencil art of each bill seemed very interesting, and I intended to recreate that style with the livestock animals, to give the animals some value.  I think that covers the design and color, wanna see the pieces in their final form? 

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In two weeks I'll show each one of the triptych every other day! Why two weeks? Because next week I have a video for those interested in buying the triptych.  A pre-order bonus if you will.... See you all next week, and thanks for stoping by!

YEAR OF THE ROOSTER: Chinatown Photowalk

It's been a while since I posted on here, and that's going to start to change as it warms up, but I wanted to upload some photos I took on our trip to Chicago's Chinatown during the New Year Celebration.   My trip was cut short how so ever as I wiped out on the street falling on both knees after stepping into and tripping on a pothole.  I made the most of the day, and I intend to return next year, and even sooner as the food was amazing at Triple Crown (not surprised). The photos below were taken on my 5D mk II w/ 17-40mm lens, and per usual copyright laws are mine (Bendersama Photography) and require permission to be used outside this website. Now with that outta the way, enjoy!

EPIC

It was 2012, and I just moved back to Illinois from California. I grabbed a job to pay me the first week I landed and needed something to pass the time and keep me creatively busy.  Luckily, I had a huge inspirational windfall while I flew. I was going to come up with a gallery, or at the very least a book that paid homage to Nintendo Power covers. Those timeless covers of video game scenarios was always one of the main reasons to get Nintendo Power, other than the codes, comics and reviews. Ya know, as a sidebar it may be the reason why I collected Playboy magazines, the cover (no lie). Regardless the case, I wanted to make grand scenes from video games and photograph them; the first one was a no-brainer.  My wife and I had recently (back in 2012) played Epic Mickey, a Disney video game exclusively for the Nintendo WIi. The game spans an area much like 

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Disneyland with certain attractions and characters acting as either prominent characters, or video game bosses. In the scene I was trying to recreate the first "boss" to the game was a demented version of the attraction "it's a small world". You are given paint and thinner to use throughout the game the paint creates, the thinner destroys, where you use these and how you handle the bosses depends on the ending you get, so there is a level of decision making throughout the game's progression and sub-missions.  Being so moved by the artistic choices Warren Spector, the games creator, made and the overall first installment's setting I was moved to recreate the first boss encounter, and from there 

start a video game based art project.  After about a year and a half's attention on and off on my own dime, I took to the camera. Finally after a little Photoshop wizardry it was ready.  The fruits of my labor, my first "big" project, was complete.  Now it 2017 I needed to get this out there on the market and in the public eye, because I moving forward and all my past un published project need to be out there in the open in order to move on. So here it is, available for viewing, purchase, and criticism. Looking back, and with more time dedicated to it, I could have done even more than what was shown, but I had to move on to the next photography project without dwelling too much, which will be my new lease on this art for the new year.  As a final word please enjoy this music montage I put together of footage constructing, planning and shooting this EPIC project.