One of the most glorious things about The Hunger Games film adaptation are the artistic collaborations that came together to make it something truly original. With young adult adaptations, many times you get something that seems tacked together and contrived in hopes to draw massive crowds yet lacking depth. However with The Hunger Games, it's creators went to great lengths to keep every detail in mind, one of which, it's aesthetic. To that end, they enlisted Tim Palen to help in bringing Panem, and all of our favorite characters to life.
I believe that this was my very first time experiencing the work of Tim Palen, and his work is spectacular. With each film, Tim Palen seemed to have embraced the enormity of the story, whilst enhancing nuanced vulnerability. With The Hunger Games, our heroes are not simply given weapons and portrayed as one dimensional ferocious mercenaries; instead he uses intimate minimalist profiles of each character showcasing subtle vulnerabilities.
In Catching Fire, Tim Palen allows the Capitol to rise to the forefront, showcasing the victors as the citizens of Panem view them: regal portraits of the characters forced upon them. However, as is his great talent, he captures the fire of rebellion in their eyes.
Tim Palen's expression of Mockingjay has got to be my absolute favorite of them all. Allowing us to become the citizens of Panem, he created stunning propaganda posters reminiscent of those used in Word War II, with profiles of role models in each district. These are stunning photos with such a creative eye that goes beneath the surface, tinged in that Capitol aesthetic...absolutely beautiful!
One of the things I also appreciated is how the creative team showcased how fashion plays a great role in Capitol society. Their Capitol Couture magazine rivals any other with stunningly sleek photographs, and playful, otherworldly additions to make their looks forces to reckon with.
Tim Palen's Photographs from the Hunger Games is a high quality photographic celebration. Of course, it's a little pricey (the thought of purchasing it at The Hunger Games Exhibition this summer gave me a migraine). However, if you're a Hunger Games fan inspired by Tim Palen's creative expression with costume, makeup, and photography, this is a wonderful piece of art to own. I also recommend purchasing on Amazon as they offer a cheaper alternative at $47.27. I would love to purchase the Ultimate Edition once it releases, however looking at that price...my wallet bounced.
And before I go...just a little Hayffie for good measure.