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  "Meeting of Heaven and Earth" toned B&W Fuji Crystal archival print
© Stephen Haynes - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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A friend of mine said after viewing this photo: "Stephen, I think this is your best work because you move away from just photographing nude bodies to a serious concern for the construction and composition of elements whose origin happens to be the nude - a selective rather than an all-embracing view." As a theme, "the sacred and the profane" fascinates me, and extending this theme to nudes -- at the risk of over-pretentiousness -- can sometimes yield semi-erotic photos like this one. I leave to the viewer, however, to decide which element is "Heaven," and which "Earth" -- it says more about you than about me.