Zeus Faces Typhon Picture

Equipment: Canon Digital Rebel XT, edited with Adobe Photoshop 7 & Twisting Pixels

Model(s): Me

Shoot: I had to do this one myself due to lack of available models. I was shot in my garage with a timer, while the bridge and stone floor were shot at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. The sky was taken over Lake Koshkonong, and Typhon and all other elements were drawn in post.
I wanted to capture the nerve of Zeus in this picture. Typhon was about the most intense beast in all Greek mythology, and he alone turned to face it, later followed by the other gods when they saw his courage. Usually he is chasing or raping maidens, so I decided to display another side of him. I have been told that a caption for this shot should read, "Damn pet, I'll teach you to pee on the Persian rug!" In the end, I decided to leave it as is.

Myth: Typhon was the offspring of Gaia (earth) and Tartarus (underworld). In most versions of the myth he had one hundred heads dripping with venom, but I only put four heads in the image. When the Olympians caught sight of Typhon, they all tucked tail and ran as the demon beast laid waste to the world. Zeus was the only one who eventually plucked up the courage to face Typhon. Only then did the other gods join him in the battle against him. Zeus led the Olympians against the beast across the lands of the earth, and up to the top of the mountains. There, Zeus defeated him, and crushed him beneath the mountain. Even still, the beast would never die, and his bellowing flames would still erupt through the cracks in the mountain that pinned him. The Greeks had an explanation for everything, even volcanoes.
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