The Burden of Atlas Picture

Equipment: Canon Rebel TI, edited with Adobe Photoshop 7

Model(s): Jason

Shoot: This one was shot at Cravath lakefront in Whitewater, WI. Jason was kind enough to perform a headstand beside the water. his pants were edited over in post production. The overcast sky was replaced with one taken over Lake Koshkonong.
I wanted to capture the weight of the world in this image, rather than the usual globe on his back. I felt that this meathod really displays the scope of holding the world in the sky. All in all, it turned out well.

Myth: Atlas was a Titan of the first ages. In the beginning, there was the earth and sky, Gaia, and Uranus. There existed a prophesy that Uranus' child would dethrone him, so he never allowed them to leave the caves of the earth. Gaia's youngest son, Cronos, wounded his father Uranus when he came to copulate, and he wed his own sister, Rhea (which happens often in mythology... I guess it has something to do with there being no other women in existence). Cronos, too, had a prophesy of his son overthrowing him, so he swallowed them one by one. Rhea replaced her youngest child, Zeus, with a rock, and Cronos swallowed it. Cronos vomited his swallowed children back up due to indigestion over the rock in his stomach, and Zeus launched a war on him and the other Titans. Atlas sided with his brother, Cronos, against Zeus and his siblings. When Zeus became the victor, he condemned the Titans to a variety of fates, and Atlas' was to bear the awesome weight of the world on his shoulders for all eternity. He would only see one short relief from his curse, when Hercules held the world while Atlas aided him in his tasks. Other than that, he spent his endless immortal days bracing the earth on his back.
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