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The Godfather by Trish O'Brien

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This is Arm, he’s a bit of an icon around this town, covered from head to toe in tattoos and piercings (even where it really must hurt….which I’m going to discover in a future shoot). My vision was to create an image that shows that we’re all human, regardless of the facade. To do this I thought the best way was to show a stark contrast between Arm and a perfect, untainted baby. Finding the baby seemed to be the biggest challenge in my thoughts, but luckily, whilst shooting a house for a real estate company, I chanced upon this little 3 week old girl – and surprisingly, her parents were delighted to bring her along. I had about 30 seconds to get it right before the baby started crying – the weather was cold and uninviting for a scantily clothed newborn.
Shot in natural light, Nikon D700 with 24-70 lens
Thank you for all your wonderful comments and features, I’m so glad to have found a place where my work is so appreciated!

I’m delighted to say this image won a Bronze Award in the International Aperture Awards in December 2009

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  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Your image would make a great addition to the Tattoo, Piercing and Body Modification group

  • Thanks! How do I submit it to that group? Just a newbie here….

    – Trish O'Brien

  • lazydaze
    lazydazeover 5 years ago

    very cool shot!

  • Elizaday
    Elizadayover 5 years ago

    Bloody brilliant! Love the story being told here.

  • Trish O'Brien
    Trish O'Brienover 5 years ago

    Thanks everyone – this was a really fun shoot to do – although I only had about 20 seconds before the baby started crying, so it all had to be firmly in my head before the baby was brought in. He’s a tattoo artist, pretty famous around town, and agreed to the shoot before I’d actually found a baby. Luckily I was shooting a house for a real estate agency and there was this 3 week old baby, with very willing young parents!

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Sent you a bmail Trish

  • Anthony Begovic
    Anthony Begovicover 5 years ago

    Can I favorite this twice?

  • Thanks Anthony, I’m really glad you like it :-)

    – Trish O'Brien

  • Anthony Begovic
    Anthony Begovicover 5 years ago

    Trish, please add this to my group, The Human Condition.

  • Done! Thanks Anthony :-)

    – Trish O'Brien

  • Elana Bailey
    Elana Baileyover 5 years ago

    Fab portrait and concept. Well done.

  • Thank you Elana, thats very kind of you

    – Trish O'Brien

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 5 years ago

    Trish this is brilliant! Now that is some hardcore contrast in so many ways! Love this :)

  • Thanks Shelly, yes the hardcore contrast is exactly what I was going for – and luckily ended up with!

    – Trish O'Brien

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyover 5 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic,, love it!

  • Thanks Basia :-)

    – Trish O'Brien

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