Cuts Like A Knife – ph: Hugh Lippe

Hugh Lippe photographed Tyler Riggs for Contributing Editor on Friday October 2nd at 5:30pm.

The entire series can be seen at

I love how strong Tyler looks in the series – however the light on his torso highlights his rib cage, illuminating his vulnerability, like Achilles.

In Greek mythology, Achilles was a Greek hero of the Trojan War, the central character and the greatest warrior of Homer‘s Iliad.

Achilles also has the attributes of being the most handsome of the heroes assembled against Troy.

Achilles was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel. Since he died due to a poisoned arrow shot into his heel, the “Achilles’ heel” has come to mean a person’s principal weakness.

According to a fragment of an Achilleis— the Achilleid, written by Statius in the first century AD, when Achilles was born Thetis tried to make him immortal by dipping him in the river Styx. However, he was left vulnerable at the part of the body she held him by, his heel. (See Achilles heel, Achilles’ tendon.)