" Lord Farley is a Heavy Sleeper "
About the Image:
A humorous scene where the power in a Master/Servant relationship is reversed.
To emphasize this I chose a Master whose position and stature in life was seemingly dignified. One who seemed a cranky, boorish, stern type. I tried to support this with A: his title B: a self-portrait of himself as he sees himself in the world C: his surroundings. These were his “props” to define his character. Then, exposing his vulnerability, his weekness of when he was powerless; the fact that he is a sound sleeper and prone to sleep through almost anything.
For the servants I wanted characters that could and do present themselves in a civilized way on the outside, but inside their personalities lied a taste for the odd. This i attempted to support with A: the buck-tooth, donkey-eared butler who is probably the leader. A goof-ball sort of character who likes to laugh. B: The “photographer” with her camera, and the red-horned glasses. C: the “pickle-girl” , who is the youngest and probably learning and following along in the games with her big 'fro.
With these elements i tried to convey a condition of being human. We attempt to portray ourselves one way to the exterior world, but when no one else is around and we are all alone, our real selves pop out whatever that may be.
Behind the Image:
I wanted to do something where the power of the Master/servant relationship was reversed. This image came to me while i was stuck in traffic because a BMW SUV hit a guy on a motorcycle. The scene played out in my head and i started to see all they things these servants could be doing to their master while he was asleep. I was laughing all by myself and then i noticed the guy in the car next to me staring at me. So i figure it was a decent concept to do. The rest was just putting it down in bites.
The guy on the motorcycle was killed instantly.
So i guess the moral here is; laugh today because you could be dead tomorrow… or … don’t ride motorcycles.