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study in irony number one

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 27 September 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

archival study from 2006

This stockade is surrounded by gun emplacements in The Marin Headlands - built to defend the Golden Gate from attack by Japanese warships during World War II. All of the hills and dunes on either side of The Gate are covered with scores of these gun positions. Our model behind the bars is Emi.

If only the men who slept nearby, maintained, and fired these guns - often in cold and wind and fog - could see their duty station on this day, some 68 years later.

Two more images with Emi from this series - follow...

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great impact in this photo of the beautiful model behind the grilles.

27 Sep 2009 6:01am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

There was another different photo according with the text, but I can't see it now

27 Sep 2009 6:04am

rem_la from Villiers, France

une belle composition !

27 Sep 2009 6:28am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

I like the choice of b/w.

27 Sep 2009 8:21am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful, really creative composition

27 Sep 2009 8:24am

luwi from Innsbruck, Austria

thank you for the history lesson, it's a very interessting story.
aobit the image: its well composed and the light very good balanced, well done!

27 Sep 2009 8:28am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Forbidden fruit :-)

27 Sep 2009 9:48am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

For sure it would give them a different impression of their old place.

27 Sep 2009 10:54am

Marcie from Newton, United States

Very dramatic!! Somehow reminds me of something carved from stone!!

27 Sep 2009 12:08pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A well thought out composition, makes quite a bold statement.

27 Sep 2009 1:38pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautifully composed shot Stephen, with superb execution!!!!

27 Sep 2009 1:45pm

Henk van Rijssen from Utrecht, Netherlands

What a strong photo. Excellent choice using B&W.
Great work!!

27 Sep 2009 1:54pm

jpdm from Pignans, France

freedom, like a dove in her cage, little thing so fragile, great b&w that suits to her milky skin, one lovely iron pic

27 Sep 2009 2:38pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Wonderful processing and composition. The pose makes her look a bit odd with the unibreast but super shot none the less.

27 Sep 2009 2:42pm

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Very powerful and evocative, my friend. Hope all is good with you; take care, Stephen.

Yours truly,

27 Sep 2009 2:58pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

i agree with Eric - very powerful!

27 Sep 2009 3:46pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great idea, nice one

27 Sep 2009 5:31pm

Liang from San Francisco, United States

great mood here, and great posing around the bars.

27 Sep 2009 8:06pm

J.Villanueva Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines


27 Sep 2009 8:14pm

Russ Devan from New Hanover, United States

I really love this faceless portrait. It is an excellent composition. I especially like the strong diagonal lines formed by the top of her thigh and continued with her right arm, and the parallel diagonal lines formed by the bottom of her thigh and her left arm. It juxtaposes nicely with the strong vertical lines of the bars on the windows. Just wonderful. My only concern, if you want to call it that, is the image appears a little flat and needs more contrast. Except for that, it just sings. Nicely done, Stephen.

28 Sep 2009 2:21am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(an old West Wales boy), Germany

Lots of drama and feeling here.The faceless beauty locked in !!

28 Sep 2009 6:04am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

nice shot :)

28 Sep 2009 4:18pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

hard steel vs soft skin -- AMAZING!!! thanks for reshowing this older period of work -- it really is AMAZING and wonderful to see!!! :)

29 Sep 2009 1:08am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Really love this one! What a great idea! Bravo! *****

4 Oct 2009 4:00am

grant from kansas city, United States


5 Oct 2009 4:44pm