Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Exploded duck, a recipe

No fowl are actually harmed in the production of this despicable activity.

Think of a duck. A small uninteresting bird that ignores you and that you ignore. Imagine trying to make interesting photos of a duck, anywhere. It's bland and anything that could be done has been done.

Now, what would increase the potential photographic experience?

I want to explode a duck. Or have someone do so for me.

It is to be exploded like a diagrammatic explosion, as opposed to a feathers and fire explosion. A 2 dimensional explosion diagram isn't good enough though. It needs to be a full model of a duck.

Made out of whatever works. I'd see hard plastic as being nicely durable, but a nice alternative would be glazed actual duck (ala the various human body exhibits that float around museums). The thing with actual duck bits is that they would be much too small. This needs to be large, the size of a car perhaps.

The separation of the pieces is to be such that there are gaps all the way through and that various levels can be seen. But it must still look like a duck and have all the pieces of a duck. No cutting pieces out, just spreading them apart.

Now you can photograph it. There are forests of tendons and feathers. There is variety for composition: bones, muscle, and a plethora of organs. You can photograph up close and be immersed, or from a distance and with the duck between you and something else.

Isn't that more interesting?

For bonus marks you can make a model that has all the pieces a normal distance from each other at one end, and that increases the distance between bits as you move a way from that point. From nose to tail for example. Or you could go for a variable model. Much like the folding/exploding plastic ball toy that I'm sure someone has run across.

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