Be honest. How many of you have ever wanted to tase your significant other? Maybe they’ve annoyed you that day, you wanted to get a reaction out of them or perhaps they just downright deserved a few jolts of electricity for some reason or another.
The Taser Photoshoot – Original Version
Well, portrait photographer Patrick Hall has wanted to tase people for almost a year and capture it on camera, so he finally decided to do it.
As a portrait photographer, I am always trying to make people feel comfortable in front of my camera so I can capture a real emotion from them. But what if I was able to make people feel so uncomfortable in front of the camera that I could guarantee an interesting portrait every time? This is the idea behind my latest series: The Taser Photoshoot.
Patrick, one of the founders of Fstoppers, gathered 100 volunteers willing to allow a friend or significant other shoot them with a stun gun while he captured their reactions in slow motion on film and on camera. Shooting with a Nikon D810 and a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8, Patrick was able to shoot a bit wider as “having people jumping around in the frame can make it difficult to compose the perfect shot.” He describes his entire lighting and video setup over on his article on Fstoppers.
Using friends or significant others to wield the stun gun added another interesting, anthropological dynamic to the shoot. In the extended version of the video, which you can see below, he captures the reactions of both taser and tasee. The reactions of those being tased had a broad range of screaming (and with 300k volts going through your naked skin, that’s understandable) to completely silent. Patrick says 4 men and women actually seemed unfazed by the experience.
The Taser Photoshoot Extended Version
The results are both hilarious and interesting to watch. I personally would never want to be tased or want to tase anyone, but in slow motion, the entire experience is almost mesmerizing. If you’re curious to hear Patrick’s thoughts on the shoot, how he set up the lighting, and planned the shots, check out the behind the scenes video below.
The Taser Photoshoot Behind the Scenes Video