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Elle Vision

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 12 July 2008 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Of, and dedicated to my dear friend - Elle... traveler, spirit, conscious soul - Elle is a gift. I wish her joy, wonder, light, and safe passage - wherever the world finds her...

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Ekaputra Tupamahu from Malang, Indonesia

Elle looks really great!

12 Jul 2008 6:18am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

The gesture is interesting revealing only her lovely eyes. Wonderful fine detail in the skin and hair. She definitely looks like a free spirit with that intriguing bracelet!

12 Jul 2008 6:23am

@Michael Skorulski: Michael - you must have been commenting on my image while I was visiting yours! Cool. Best regards.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Very well done, highlighting those beautiful eyes! Wonderful portrait, Stephen.

12 Jul 2008 11:20am

@Betty: Thanks, Betty

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Wow! What a beauty, and what a great job of showcasing her. The way you bring out her eyes in this pose is breathtaking!

12 Jul 2008 1:04pm

@Eric Fry: Thank you, Eric . (and, again, congratulations on the capture of that thunderstorm at dawn - I just can't get the image out of my mind - and that's just fine. It is really spectacular. Also, I suspect Ann's company was more than sufficient)

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Stunning...but there is sorrow in those eyes...and you've capture that perfectly, in a natural, warm portrait. Great work.

12 Jul 2008 1:26pm

@Ted: Ted, thanks so much. Your perception is correct. There is also joy, wisdom, inquiry, dissatisfaction, acceptance, and deep respect. I chose this image because it captures the layers of complexity that is her. Here is an image from the same series that shows a different light in those eyes:

Elle is traveling the world through a network named 'WWOOF' - an internet based global network of farms who invite people to come by and work the fields - in exchange for room and board including food produced from the organic foods grown in those fields - an ecological win - win. (

Elle and I met early this year and worked together. We were simply friends but really connected. There was very little small-talk in our lengthy conversations. We managed to spend a good deal of time together in the six weeks after we met and until she departed. She's been on my mind and not responding to e-mails just now. Hence, the inspiration for this post.

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What can I say except repeating others' praise... wonderful capture Stephen!

12 Jul 2008 1:49pm

alex centrella from California, United States

stunning and dramatic capture, the eyes that tell the story.

12 Jul 2008 2:41pm

Saeed from Tehran, Iran

very nice shot great capture.

12 Jul 2008 3:02pm

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Engaging! Well done!

12 Jul 2008 4:45pm

Pep Mir from Spain

Me gusta mucho como tapas la cara con las manos para destacar los ojos. La luz y el color son estupendos.

12 Jul 2008 6:52pm

Jennifer Radio from Statesville, United States

her eyes are absolutely piercing! astonishing!

12 Jul 2008 10:56pm

blistr from Edmonton, Canada

It's hard to add to the comments, but I'll try.

Awesome! The light is wonderful; in the eyes, by her hair. The pose is inspirational.
Thanks for sharing.

12 Jul 2008 11:12pm

Eleftheria! from Greece

Beautiful eyes!

13 Jul 2008 10:51am

dj.tigersprout from San Bruno, United States

those eyes! how incredible! simply captivating!

13 Jul 2008 5:55pm

@dj.tigersprout: Hey, DJ - welcome back - and thank you.

narcís from Catalunya, Spain

Retrat molt bonic!!!

14 Jul 2008 7:44am

Thomas from Bruges, Belgium

Simply stunning portrait! The little highlight/twinkle in each eye is awesome.

18 Jul 2008 6:45pm

@Thomas: Thanks, Thomas - any kind words about the twinkle in Elle's eyes - earn bonus points with this photographer.

ocorti from Vevey, Switzerland

Original, funny , unusal. Bravo !

19 Jul 2008 10:33am

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

The eyes say it all Stephen....what a moving portrait.

5 Aug 2008 6:10am