Since early youth, Robert Longo has been fascinated by the world of media and its powerful influence, be it film, television, magazines or comics. In his work, he typically revisits elements that evoke as much fear as they do fascination – the atomic bomb, guns, crashing waves, etc. In this case, Longo’s strikingly realistic shark remind us of a natural fear that most of us share. However, this seemingly natural fear has surely been amplified by the power of cinema – specifically, by the iconic Spielberg movie Jaws.
Robert Longo’s menacing beasts are portrayed with their mouths wide open and their razor-sharp teeth pointing straight at the viewer, thus making the imminence of the tragedy palpable. As a result, the shark’s immense power and threatening nature are captured at their peak.