Seven Silly Sins

Yesterday I spent most of the day in the sun, burning myself like a clueless Swede that is not used to seeing the sun more than occasionally through the English cloud cover. In the evening I met up with Beth Davidson for a photo shoot, our preliminary plan was to do something sassy. Well, that plan evolved into something quite spectacular.

While I was waiting for Beth in the porter’s lodge Flo Best came in from a jogging run, and quickly joined our endeavour. We also bumped into Will Bishop who was trying to finish some important dissertation, but was eager to take a break, and so we were four photographic musketeers.

After some random test shots Flo came with up the brilliant idea that we should do the seven sins, and that is when things really started to take off. We made a list of the sins, and sketched a plan for what to do for each one of them. Will went and got his sword, Flo procured some sweets for the gluttony photo and Beth got in costume for the first photo.


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

This was the photo that started our Seven Sins theme. Flo had a lot of jewellery hanging on her wall, so I asked Bethan Davidson to put it all on, then Flo suggested that we do all the seven sins.



But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

This was as close as we got to the original Sassy theme.



For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

A composite photo of Will Bishop. The image is split along the line of the sword.



For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

Flo and Beth. There were so many good photos from each sin that it was quite difficult to choose. I might put up a second blog post with the outtakes.



When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Flo in a simple elegant and very prideful photo. We used a snooted flash in all photos to provide the lighting without flooding the room.



The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

The characteristic of a good actor is the ability to transform from one role to another.



Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.

This was the messiest of the photos, so we had decided to do it last. We also recruited Ellen McGrath to help with lighting as by this time Will had to leave to procrastinate on his dissertation writing.


Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

It is quite amazing how much you can do in a tiny student room. I like how this photoshoot evolved during the evening with the input from everyone. Many thanks to Beth, Flo, Will and Ellen for a great evening!

– Johannes

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