I've mentioned before about how I started photographing fire because I needed it as material for a photograph. This is that photograph.
The history of this symbol is much deeper and older than the others, and more directly spiritual. It's an awesome symbol, in any case, and such a tense mix of suffering and hope.
Actual barbed wire is too big for the pig heart, so I twisted up some model barbed wire, and painted it gloss black. I did an opaque blood to give it a little connection to all the illustrations through history. And the dwarf roses were another genius touch from prop stylist Courtney Walch.