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World of One: Pleasures of Pain | Johnny Tang Photo

World of One: Pleasures of Pain

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Pleasures of Pain
Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives
24″ x 47 3/4″ inches | edition of 5

 

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
– Buddha

We should not pick on others because we ourselves will inevitably get hurt in the process. In Pleasures of Pain I am illustrating a similar concept, only using snowballs instead of hot coals. Pleasures of Pain visually depicts this conundrum by juxtaposing the same person in both roles: as both the aggressor, and the victim. Although the perpetrators are generally shown as enjoying themselves, they are their own target.

This piece was shot back in early March in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park after a long, snowy winter here in the northeast. I had to wait for the perfect day in early spring, when it was just warm enough to get the effect that I wanted  and also not freeze to death. Of the images in the World of One series so far, Pleasures of Pain was uniquely challenging; capturing the exact moment of the snowball’s impact on the central figure took a bit of luck, and also some precise timing. In order to maintain the feeling realism of my fantasy world, each snowball seen flying through the air is also paired with its corresponding shadow in the snow.

A big, big thank you to my friend and fellow crewmate, Ari Millman, and also my lovely assistant Yen the Lo for assisting me on this shoot! Please check out some bts photos below!!!

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Ari Millman - honorable assistant on the Pleasures of Pain shoot. Prospect Park, Brooklyn - March 2015.

Ari Millman – honorable assistant on the Pleasures of Pain shoot. Prospect Park, Brooklyn – March 2015.

Setting up the shots!

Setting up the shots!

Freezing out here!

Freezing out here!

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First to take a beating.

First to take a beating.

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Honorable pusher of buttons - Ari, playing the target.

Honorable pusher of buttons – Ari, playing the target.

Yen thought she was invincible because of the padding from her Canada goose jacket.

Yen thought she was invincible because of the padding from her Canada goose jacket.

She quickly discovered she was not.

She quickly discovered she was not.

Behind the scenes shots courtesy of Yen Lo and Ari Millman.

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