Photographer: Katja Kuhl
Stylist/Wardrobe: Sebastian Simon
Models: Emilio (Envy), Dennis (Greed), Gökhan (Lust), Daniel (Gluttony), Henry (Pride), Alberto (Sloth), and Guille (Wrath).
Hair: Sofie Ühla
Makeup: Carina Wittmann
Assistant: Chris Noltekuhlmann
The seven deadly sins were created by the Roman Catholic Church in the early Christian times as an arrangement of vices to discipline and educate Christians. The Definition by the Catechism of the Catholic Church of a deadly sin “is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure
In genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.“ They are also known as capital vices or the root of all evil because it engenders other sins.
Being defined in their origin by Pope Gregory I in the 6th century, still every one of us internalizes the sins as nasty characteristics that no one wants to be identified with. The modern modification of the seven deadly sins was captured by Mahatma Gandhi, considered to be the most perilous to humanity and originated by the modern capitalist system: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, science without humanity, knowledge without character, politics without principle, commerce without morality, worship without sacrifice.
The election of the new Pope, the greed and profits of global corporations, and the current individualism debate all point out how ever-present the theme of the seven mortal sins is, and that they are involved in daily decisions of every one of us.
This is why we decided do dedicate a photo series to this topic. Costume designer and stylist Sebastian Simon staged 7 young men in his creations, shot by photographer and director Katja Kuhl.