- is an inordinate craving for the pleasures of the body.
"You have heard that is what said 'Do not commit adultery'. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away, it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell."
- Matt 5:27-29
Lust is a pretty basic sin that everyone is guilty of unless they're asexual, you're doomed as soon as you go through puberty, but Lust is also linked to every other sin. Greed can accumulate sex toys as personal possessions, Wrath can use sex as to dominate or avenge, Envy can sprout from unrequited love.
In the biblethe punishment for Adultery was stoning where the accused has stones hurled at them until they are dead. This is a practice still in use in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran. According to the book The Picture Book of Devils, Demons and Witchcraftthe punishment in Hell for Lust was to be smothered in fire and brimstone. In this book the sin was also assigned an animal and colour: cow and blue. Blue seemed like an odd choice because the colour red is normally associated with love and lust.
This is where my sketchbook took a somewhat darker look at things. First thoughts were obvious choices like strippers, sex clubs, prostitutes but I also included a news headline about a recent pair of child sex predators. I chose to focus of the stripper/prostitute angle for this project. Finding a model was easy, a guy on my Myspace account recommended two models to me and one of them was interested in doing it and even lowered her fee for me which was awesome. At that time I had paid a few models for their services and quickly learned those charging aren't necessarily models and just girls who decided they were pretty enough to model. Kira was one of the best people I've ever worked with. The film Sin City had come out the year before and I loved the comics by Frank Miller and wanted to do something similar in style but I had such major issues with the studio lights not flashing that it all ended up looking more like a burlesque shoot. No complaints though, they're still cool photos. It just goes to show you can have a plan and not have it work out but that doesn't mean its a fail.
For my colour shoot I wanted to do something really cutesy and look at 'puppy love'. My model Maria was about 15-16 years old and we did a shoot at the park with a cute dress and a heart shaped balloon and lollipop. Just very girlie and I wanted it to look innocent. Sadly I lost the photos so we had to redo it. I was going to keep with the theme but try and do it at the cinema like a 'first date' but the cinema I contacted was really slow at replying so I ended up going with another idea. In Roman mythology Cupid is the god of erotic love and beauty, in Greek mythology (long before the Romans turned him into a chubby diaper wearing toddler) he was known as Eros the God of love. There's no clear story about Cupid. One version has Cupid as the son of Jupiter who is a lively youth that pulls pranks and spreads love, another has Cupid as the son of Nyx known for riotous debauchery. Lady Moon Designs had hit me up on Model Mayhem about working together so I told her about my idea for a Cupid photo shoot. She designed an outfit for it that was a black and red corset and skirt and was just amazing looking. I'd also bought a Legs Avenue cupid bow and arrow set and added some red and black striped gloves to complete the look. Maria basically looked like a punk-rock Cupid. Walking to the park we were all good but as soon as we got there to take photos a few males couldn't help themselves but yell out comments and wolf whistle. It's honestly disgusting that grown men can't control themselves from even degrading someone underage. There's nothing flattering about it and just made the model self conscious. The general idea was to make it look like she was about to shoot people with her arrow but the park was empty apart from a couple of guys and due to their behaviour there was no way I was taking her to somewhere busier. The photos themselves could have been a lot better, this is 100% on me though. I didn't utilise the aperture function to get better depth of field that would have really made a difference to some shots that have cars and buildings in the background. It was just one of those shoots that was a good idea but I really should have put more effort into what I wanted to get out of it. There were smaller details I didn't pick up until much later as well such as the bow and arrow had velcro that kept them stuck together, so in photos where the string is pulled back ready to fire you can see the arrow is still firmly attached to the bow, it's not going anywhere.