Monday, November 17, 2008
Bee Warrior Revision
This is the most recent version of this piece. I kept looking at the last version, thinking, "what's missing here?" I wanted to up the drama and accentuate the diseased nature of the rat. Hopefully this has more of the "epic showdown" feel I wanted. Part of what caused this is I found a dead rat in a park in Portland with a wasp in its mouth while I was visiting my friend recently. There were all sorts of inspiring natural wonders at the park, but looking at the wet, dead rat face to face gave me a feeling that was very different that the one in my piece. I snapped a shot, and when I returned to San Jose got to work. It was a fine line between disgusting and interesting, but I think it helped.