Hundreds upon hundreds of pounds of honey later, Little has created an incredible eye catching portrait series that is part of his book titled: Preservation.
It occurred to Blake Little while shooting a male eating honey. That original concept was meant to bring the bear like qualities of the man to attention through the incorporation of honey. As he was shooting the man eating honey, Little noted the stereotypical idea was one of the more cliche photos he had created. As he sorted through the images from that shoot, he singled out the man’s hand, which was completely covered in honey–the amber colored liquid slowly rolled down his hand before dripping off his fingertips in a very captivating way.
The way the honey appeared to be preserving the hand instantly intrigued the photographer. He knew he wanted to pursue the notion of “preserving” people by drenching their entire bodies in honey before taking their portraits. The idea for the Preservation photographs was born.