Celebrity photographer and famed Birkin destroyer Tyler Shields has just upped the ante in fashion stunt photography, feeding a genuine $100,000 crocodile skin Hermes Birkin bag to an alligator.
Shields, the guy who famously set another Birkin bag on fire in 2012, tells RE-TOX.com, the photo shoot starring model Ana Mulvoy Ten is part of his newest art series “Indulgence,” set to premiere soon at the Guy Hepner Gallery in L.A. and Imitate Modern Gallery in London.
Shields says the bag is so prized, it took 7 months just to get one because the waiting list was so long. Meanwhile, the alligator only took 4 days to find.
And with anything involving wild animals, the photo shoot wasn’t without its risks. Shields says, “At one point during the shoot, when Ana and the gator were both biting the bag, it closed one of its eyes as if it was going to attack her, but didn’t. It was one of the most insane moments I have ever photographed. Inches from death at any moment.”
The shoot took place in Downtown L.A. and was shot using the latest Hasselblad camera.
As for the bag, Shields says it’s destroyed, unless you’re interested in a Birkin that’s full of gator teeth holes.
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