The genisis for this particular image came during an afternoon cup of coffee with a friend of mine. At about mid conversation, she asked very seriously, “What could you do in a photograph to represent Mankind in an iconic way?”
I looked at her and then stared at my cappaccino for a moment… It occurred to me that one of the most iconic things about Mankind is that He is a survivor; that He will do all things within his power to prevail. and that his survival has always depended on his intelligence and his cunning. And that his unlimited imagination coupled to His will, has over the course of history proven a powerful combination.
That’s when the above image flashed across my brain. It was “as clear as a bell.” Fully formed.
Fully realized. All I had to do was “shoot it.”
So I made a few phone calls. And that night I began to collect and lash together all of the curly willow I had in my studio and created The Bow and Arrow for another friend of mine named Sebastien. Who then became “Man,” and pulling back upon the bow with all his might, and taking aim at the very heavens, Man became a god; to be forever immortalized in the constellation known as “Orion.”