A few weeks ago, while troweling the Internet, I found an image. An awe-inspiring portrait that provoked pause, overwhelming nervousness and chortling. Because of my staunch reactions, I also saved it and placed it in a birthday video for J.N. Voorhees. Although I’m tickled with my editing techniques with birthday videos, this post is not an advertisement for them…
Coincidentally, two nights ago I found a similarly striking photograph. Below the image, a link included the purpose, theory and origin which happened to be fantasies of pubescent imprisonment through folds of carnal stimulation. Features analogous to these are instrumental replicas of my dreams concurrently awakening alongside withdrawals with delirium tremons.
Apparently, my basic lack of interest regarding muscle men in skintight costumes has caused a 12 year rift between comic books and I. However, my absolute interest in photography and drawing exposed a collaborative series of high school yearbook photographs combining the efforts of photographer Max Oppenheim and prosthetic artist Bill Turpin introducing a series of portraits as tribute to creator Charles Burns and the characters in his graphic novel titled Black Hole.
Not to give away too much, this disturbingly erotic celebration within Black Hole takes place during the mid-1970s in the suburbs of Seattle. The story follows a group of primarily middle class teenagers who, over the summer, contract a peculiar sexually transmitted disease, which causes them to develop bizarre physical mutations. Although the characters are described as social outcasts, the portraits I encountered especially the human models influenced by the drawings appear confident revealing their deformities. Charles Burns’ portrayal of his protagonist’s glowing aura of a strong sexually lifestyle (even in inky chiaroscuro*) is excessively apparent.
The following are a few windows from the Black Hole series. The artwork from within seduces the eyes captivating ones hypothalamus with style, detail and morbid cleanliness. Wow, that’s a lot of university art-school crap, nevertheless it is quite nice to look at.
Ineffectively, big names have been associated with the film-screen adaptation, production and direction such as Neil Gaimen, Roger Avary, David Fincher and Paramount Pictures. However only one true contribution has come to fruition.
Rupert Sanders created an 11 minute live action short based on a segment and characters from the graphic novel which absolutely must be seen. Delightedly, youtube banned the video for nudity, drug use and sexual content (yep, all that in 671 seconds) and appreciatively may be considered **HERE**. You’ll be entranced once again…I promise!
Thanks to IMDB and Wikipedia, because I absolutely didn’t download the Torrent to study and delight in the book, not me, never!
*I’m inviting a select number of lucky females to give birth to my son and name him Chiaroscuro.