Romans 1:20 - "Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and preceived in what He has made. As a result, they have no excuse. "
The theory of beauty and nature - Phi is a mathematical number of approximately 1.618 whose mathematical formula appears in structures of nature and also mapped in the defining maths of beauty (The Golden Rule). The tail of a seahorse is a mathematical formula as are seashells and all flowers, plants and snail shells. 1.618 shows that our universe was intelligently designed, not a cosmic co-incidence. Science or something else ?? I am not questioning it's ultimate origin, rather, I am interested in that we not are random.
The question then extends to Beauty, an age old obsession, what is beauty? Does it manifest? is it inherent? how do we describe the beauty within that is not tangible?
When I was thinking about making this image, I was asking myself all these questions and chose the snail to represent Phi, it has significance to me and regularly occurs as an item in my dreams, is it my subconscious? and representation of something important to me or is it a manifest?
All I can say is that in reality, snails gross me out, deeply !!! I went hunting for snails for this shoot one day after the rain, I only managed to find one, I kept him captive in a plastic container, regularly feeding him and cleaning out his poop, it was gross enough, but it also gave me more to think about in the meantime.
This song - The Reason by Hoobanstank was also inspiration to the making of this theme - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV4DiAyExN0
When I first starting talking to Anne (the model) about this shoot, I was a bit hesitant to mention the snail bit, I didn't want to scare her off, worst case scenario I photoshop the snails in, however, I was keen to keep it all in camera as much as possible, keep it real - beauty and the slug..... ewwwwww it still grosses me out. Well I'm pleased to say Anne was all for it, she even collected the props - wooohooooo Anne!!
We had so much fun shooting this theme, we decided to set it up on the floor so we had a better chance of the snails actually staying in some sort of position, although I did have a setup in mind and knew where I wanted them to be, it was a matter of firing off a number of shots, you would think that snails are usually described as slowwwwwww, well on this day, they were like little "road runners" sliming all over the place. As for Anne's skin, well, she finished up with an extra "gleaming" complexion by the end of it :)
PS : No snails were harmed in the making of this image :)