Hog Heaven

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Framed Fine Art Print


2013, Open Edition

Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free, soft gloss paper in a wood, white, or black frame. Features a 1.25" white border around the image. No matte. Acrylic glass front gives a crystal clear view. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

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This was one of the most painful images of my career... but only because my stomach was in knots from laughter for the entire week of shooting these amazing ocean-swimming pigs! To create this very atypical subject and composition for my portfolio, I flew to "Pig Island" in the Bahamas, where there is an amazing population of now-feral, huge farm pigs living in "Hog Heaven". The story began in the mid 90's, when a local put his pigs there with plans for them to live wild, reproduce, and make him an income in the bacon business if they could reproduce fast enough. But within a very short time, they had eaten everything edible on the small island, and were starting to go hungry. So some of the locals threw them scraps from their boats as they passed by the island. Pigs are pretty smart animals, so they quickly figured out that the fastest way to get to the food was by swimming after boats, and the rest is history! I used a "split-shot" to show the underwater and the above-water parts in a single photo, which is done by placing the water line right at the center of my huge 9.5" diameter lens port. Its simply the most hilarious image I've ever created, and I just feel that they don't all have to be beautiful, colorful, or awe-inspiring - instead sometimes we just need a good laugh to start each day, Thats exactly what I do every time I look at it - and I hope it does the same for you too!

Chris Gug

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Chris Gug enjoys snapping photos while scuba diving or swimming in shallow waters with a snorkel. He focuses on how each photograph will make the audience feel, rather than on capturing a favorite animal. As a self-taught photographer, he enjoys putting himself in dangerous situations underwater and experimenting with photography techniques. When he’s not photographing, you can find him reading about marine mammals or researching a new shooting location. He currently lives in Florida. Fun fact: In high school, Chris had 38 inches of curly hair; now he shaves it off to be more hydrodynamic for swimming.


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