The Point of Pain
"When we're in pain the localized place hurts but the entire body responds. We grow sweaty, our pupils dilate, our blood pressure shoots up. Oddly enough, the same thing happens when we're angry or scared. There is a deep emotional component to pain. If we're badly hurt, we might also be afraid."
- Diane Akerman (A Natural History of the Senses)
Pain can be described and defined in various ways. Emotional, physical, mental: these are all types of pain we feel on a regular basis. From an evolutional standpoint, pain is seen as a form of defense, a way to protect us from potential harm. If I am cooking, and the heat of the stove causes me pain, I will automatically remove my hand from the stove, without any thought. This natural response is what protects us. However, when it comes to the emotions pain can be seen as a coping mechanism, a way to process and understand a daunting situation. These reactions are still not completely understood, and it can't be known for sure why we experience this.
Pain can also last for different periods of time. It can last less than a minute, over an hour, or perhaps years - depending on severity. Pain is felt differently by everyone, and causes different effects.
I chose to photograph a pin stuck in my hand, emphasizing the point of impact with photo editing in photoshop. The lines of action are meant to visually represent the "waves" of pain radiating throughout the skin.