This piece was created while I participated in one
of Doug Beasleys excellent Vision Quest workshops (this one took
place in the Badlands of South Dakota). At the ranch that we were staying
at there was a growing collection of animal bones. We were between shoots
in the mid-day, as the heat can become unbearable. I saw a couple of bones
lying out on the landing and was struck by how striking the contrast was.
The bones looked like a relief, carved out of the surface they rested
upon. I couldnt stand it. I ran inside and grabbed the napping Christina
who was already over-hot and over-tired from the groups earlier photo
session. Luckily she liked the idea- so Dave (co-conspirator) and I quickly
grabbed more bones, set her in place, and carefully placed the bones around
her until it felt right. As I shot the image, the owner of the ranch pulled
up in his truck. We finished the roll, but I was (rightly) reminded that
not all business owners want nudes to be shot on their immediate property.
I had to apologize for my lack of consideration, though it was really
excitement beating out logic. I smiled to myself two weeks later when
I saw the negative.