Photographer Drenches His Models In Honey To Create Unearthly Human Figures

It doesn't get sweeter than this.

When dealing with reality gets too much, sometimes all we need is for something (or someone) to make it a little bit brighter. That something can be small, like a bubble bath, a delicious cupcake or a good song on the radio.

But if the scope of your problems is bigger, a cupcake won't suffice. You'll need to bring in the big guns and this luscious photo series by Los Angeles-based photographer Blake Little might really help.

In his recently finished project, "Preservation," Little covered his subjects in gallons of honey. The gooey golden liquid incredibly transforms the models' appearances and makes them look like ancient bugs caught in amber for the rest of eternity.

Some of the photos are slightly NSFW.


Little's photographs feature a variety of models of all ages and body types.

According to the photographer, his goal was to portray the sculptural nature of a human body, regardless of its shape, size or form.

In a way, Little's sticky-sweet creations remind us of the classic statues from ancient Greece and Rome.

They're like huge marble figures, frozen in space and time.

Little says it's a specific effect of honey to "diffuse the personal qualities and make the subject unrecognizable."

The project's name, "Preservation," comes from the idea that Little's models look like they're trapped in amber, which preserves organisms as old as 230 million years.

Little says he used about 900 5-pound jugs filled with honey in his photo shoots.

Curious to see how it all went? Watch this (also kind of NSFW) video below.

"Preservation" is the subject of Blake Little's fourth book, which features even more honeyed photographs.

To see more works by Blake Little, please visit his website. To see the "Preservation" series live, you can visit the exhibition at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles open on March 7-April 18.

(H/T: designboom)

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