Here is the original concept sketch:
It’s based on an old proverb: In both Heaven and Hell, everyone eats with 6 foot long chopsticks. In Hell, everyone goes hungry. But in Heaven, everyone is always well fed. Why is this? Because in Heaven, everyone reaches across the table and feeds each other.
This is what I wanted to evoke in the image–curiosity in each other’s work, and generosity towards one other. ITP would not exist without the abundance of collaboration and kindness that exists here.
I believe strongly in my concept, but my execution was lacking. The photoshoot was rushed, I unwittingly used a low-quality digital camera, and the placement of everyone’s hands and projects is not as precise as I would like. Here is the end result!