In his book, Preservation, American photographer Blake Little did ask his models … covered with honey. A surprising gamble, but the result is worth seeing for its strange aesthetic, which highlights the contours and give the characters a surprising color.
“[Honey] can distort and amplify forms, highlight physical perfection, engender repulsion, and suggest both immortality and death” wrote Kenneth Lapatin of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, in the foreward to the Preservation book.
While the photos capture a beautiful golden warmth, the human form coated in honey is decidedly unsettling, suggesting some sort of strange, science fiction–esque rebirth. Little has other, equally creepy ideas: “When you cover someone in the honey, it has the effect of making them look like they’re in amber—that they’re preserved,” said the photographer in a video about the work.
You can see an overview of the work of Blake Little in the video.
Blake Little is an award winning, Los Angeles-based photographer best known for his ability to intimately capture the energy and personality of his subjects. His skills as a portrait photographer have garnered him a reputation as a favorite amongst celebrities, international publications, and corporate clients.
He has worked with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Samuel L. Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, Aaron Eckhart, Marcia Cross, Colin Powell, Kevin Spacey. k.d. lang, 50 Cent, Iggy Pop, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and Jane Lynch among many others.
He has photographed for publications such as London Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, People, Time, Los Angeles Magazine and ESPN the Magazine.