Who out there *doesn’t* want to take Oprah’s advice and “Live Your Best Life”? I didn’t see many hands raised. If you refrained because you forgot the antiperspirant today; don’t worry… this is the internet. Nobody can smell you.
On the other hand, most of us DO want to be the best versions of ourselves, but because most of us are vain, that means we want to look smoking hot. We want to be the reason that others reach for the roll-on in the morning. We want the looks and the charisma of our matinee idols.
How many of our heroes aren’t good-looking? Downright ugly? Okay, I’ll give you Einstein, but seriously… how nerdy do you have to be to count Einstein as your hero?
While some adore Mother Theresa (forever memorialized as a blanched prune of a woman), many more would rather follow in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie. Our heroes do good deeds and *look* good while doing it.
I ran across the Adonis in the following collage in a clothing ad (irony noted). Dolce and Gabana, if I’m not mistaken. He isn’t feeding any starving children, but is sure a sight for hungry eyes.
At the same time, I encountered the photograph of the movie theater marquee. It had to be cut in half to create the two-page spread, or else the picture would buckle as the pages were folded. Initially, the theater picture was not going to be reversed, but the man was going to be placed with one half on the far sides of each page, with his arms toward the center.
It just didn’t feel right, though. This solution seems a little more subtle. I like messing up my source material, and this way, neither piece is really intact. The man was place deliberately “off-register”. That’s an art-geeky was of saying the two parts don’t really match up. I also really like how the background image is really warped. Funny how that will happen when you’re just using Elmer’s glue, instead of some high-quality materials.
Part of what works here, visually, is the tight cutting job on the figure and the quality of lighting in both of the photos. There’s just something moody and vaguely sinister about the highly artificial light. The overall effect suggests a scene in which you might meet someone who has no business being called a “hero”. Except maybe on the screen in that Double Feature!
Next Time: More Brooding Young Men! (And a Comic Twist?)