Coming up with an individual idea for a project is hard, especially when I have to add meaning to my images as well. So it took me a while to think of photographing the seven deadly sins in Lego. The meaning to my images may be hard to get without the writing underneath but I would rather the viewer made up their own meaning, instead of taking my ideas of seven deadly modern sins. I have used the palate knife filter on all of my images to give them an old-fashioned painting look which will fit in nicely with my picture frames.
My image for envy is stealing from someone because you don’t have what they have. Being envious of what the person has worked hard for. This may not be a sin by the definition of the word, but to me I feel people should work for what they have and never hurt someone else to get it.
My image for greed is a Lego figure surrounded by material things, this could be money or objects which the Lego bricks represent. I lit this image using candles to achieve the eerie, evil atmosphere. I decided to add the flash of fire in, as I was inspired by the Christmas Carol films, how the three ghosts visited Scrooge. So this fire can symbolise a ghost or anything the viewer choses.
My image for sloth is a Lego man asleep in bed. This is symbolising the generation of people on benefits that don’t go looking for work. Or believe they will get more money by being on benefits than working. It is a sin to be spending benefit money on drugs alcohol or anything that isn’t to keep a person alive. This is the Jeremy Kyle generation. I’m not saying all people on benefits are sinning, just a select few.
My image for pride is a man admiring himself in a mirror. This is symbolising the people who focus more on looks than personality. It is the people who get plastic surgery to enhance their looks. The people who call others ugly to make themselves feel better. This is the sin, making others feel bad to make yourself feel better. There is not a blue print of beauty, everyone is beautiful.
My image for gluttony is a Lego man surrounded by junk food. I don’t think eating junk food is a sin, but in excess it can turn someone obese and ruin their life. I really enjoyed taking this image, I found it fun to arrange the sweets around the Lego man and to make it look like he was eating the muffin. It took me a while to get a good image in my opinion, but I kept changing the lighting until I got an image I was happy with.
My image for lust is a Lego man surrounded by stockings and a choker. This hints at strong lust and a longing for contact. I couldn’t make my image too graphic using just Lego but I think this image portrays the message well. I like how the shiny hearts reflected the light from the candles and gave the scene a slight pink hue.
My image for wrath is of a Lego man murdering another Lego man with a knife. I chose to use a large human sized knife to keep the theme throughout the images going. Murdering someone is a sin, in my mind if you inflict that much pain on someones family the same should happen to you. To say bring back the death penalty would be wrong of me, but there needs to be a better system for punishing these people….but then thinking about it isn’t this idea the sin of wrath, so there’s nothing we can do just teach them to be better people.