IT WAS THE TITAN PROMETHEUS WHO CREATED MANKIND AT THE BEHEST OF ZEUS. HE MADE A BEING IN THE IMAGE OF THE GODS THAT COULD HAVE A SPIRIT BREATHED INTO IT AND TAUGHT IT TO HUNT, READ, AND HEAL THEIR SICK. IT IS THIS MYTH THAT INSPIRED 18 YEARS OLD MARY SHELLEY TO WRITE A STORY OF A YOUNG SCIENCE STUDENT, WHO CREATES A GROTESQUE BUT SENTIENT CREATURE IN AN UNORTHODOX SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT. FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1818, THIS STORY HAS SINCE THEN INTRIGUED AND INSPIRED MANY OTHERS BEEN REPUBLISHED, REWRITTEN AND ADAPTED FOR BOTH STAGE AND FILM. THOUGH KNOWN FIRST UNDER THE TITLE THE MODERN PROMETHEUS, WE ALL KNOW IT BETTER NAMED FRANKENSTEIN.
As a boy, Victor Frankenstein is interested in the works of alchemists such as Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and Albertus Magnus, and he longs to discover the fabled elixir of life. Though he loses his interest in both, his fascination with creation of life absorbs him and becomes all-consuming when he discovers the secrets of chemistry. Frankenstein assembles a humanoid creature and successfully brings it to life but upon seeing its ugliness he abandons his creation. Frankenstein’s monster, as it becomes known, starts living his own life, which is a life of vengeance, murdering those who are close to his creator. After the death of his brother, his father and his bride, Victor Frankenstein, struck with grief, decides he has nothing left to live for and dedicates the rest of his life to hunt down and destroy the life he created. The monster that should have been his Adam but became his Fallen Angel instead.
True to its original story, Frankenstein’s monster has always been visualized as such: a hideous creature. Until Bernie Wrightson, American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books, published his illustrated version of the novel back in 1983. He took a distance from the image given to the monsters by actors such as Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee and used the actual book descriptions to illustrate his version of Frankenstein’s monster. For the first time, in a beautifully woodcut illustration inspired comic book, the creature created by Victor Frankenstein was given a masculine and bulkier body. More over, Wrightson gave him sex appeal. It was this version of the famous monster that inspired Tim Asato to shoot a series of portraits of his personal image of Frankenstein’s monster.
Whereas many photographers discover the magic of moving image once they master the art of photography, Tim Asato did it all reversed. Born and raised in Mexico City Tim arrived in Barcelona a few years ago to start his film studies at CECC, the Center of Cinematography Studies of Catalonia. Since then he has made several music videos with his crew for different groups, bands and DJs, both national and international. It was years after he started in film that Tim discovered the world of photography. He went back to school, this time the Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia and since then he can claim to master both universes. Tim has American and Japanese roots, and interesting mix that one can find back in both his photographic and video work. Another source of inspiration and influence for Tim are classic horror films of the 1940’s to late 60’s, of which he is a big fan.
It is Russian model Evgeny Khovrin who was willing to be transformed into Frankenstein’s monster by Tim Asato and make up artist Lore Alonso. Evgeny is an amazing athlete with a spectacular body, super strong physics and presence. Working in St Petersburg as fitness and poledance trainer, Evgeny alos made name for himself as a unique model with a unique style. Exactly what Tim needed for his interpretation of Frankenstein. –BM-
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