Morgan Slade opened his new show, “Fist of Fear, Touch of Death” last weekend at San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery. Featuring ten new large scale photographs, Morgan’s latest body of work is most striking and provided a great introduction of his work to the Bay Area. His subjects, faceless models donning football helmets, stormtrooper masks, and mascot heads, pose playfully though it’s their anonymity and resulting lack of true beauty that perhaps grants such freedoms as modern day morettas.

After photographing his models, Slade hand-distresses and paints decorative elements to the fore and backgrounds providing an interesting contrast to the high resolution photography and natural allure of the subjects.  “Fist of Fear, Touch of Death” runs till January 30th.

More photos after the jump.