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Geometric Sampler

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 18 May 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This is one of my favorite nudes. The model is our friend ~ Revina

And in honor of the day - there is a 'silly' component to ponder on this Tuesday:

There was a classic American TV show titled "McMillan & Wife" starring Rock Hudson and Jill St. John as a San Francisco Police Commissioner and his spouse. This double stairway is directly below the house that served as their Russian Hill home in the series.
(we shot this at 8 AM on a Saturday morning - I'm glad we had a get-away car)

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great stuff, love the angle you shot this

18 May 2010 5:09am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

very nice perspective from above, great ideas here stephen!

18 May 2010 5:33am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

intresting prespective!!

18 May 2010 6:17am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Innovative and original.

18 May 2010 6:43am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Great photo, Stephen, a very special composition with this angle, and the nude is very impactant too.

18 May 2010 7:27am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

what a fantastic composition, very creative angle

18 May 2010 7:51am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

fantastic angle ! excellent !

18 May 2010 8:28am

k@ from Paris, France

A wombesque door under creative angle (man's one ;)

18 May 2010 9:22am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb angle with a geometric dive and the model who disrupts this geometry !

18 May 2010 9:26am

Benoit Darrieux from Tripoli, Lebanon

Good title, very original for a nude.

18 May 2010 9:46am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful,original and a great composition!

18 May 2010 9:56am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Liked watching McMillan & Wife; but I don't ever remember Jill St. John posing quite like this. Terrific symmetry.

18 May 2010 11:10am

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Definitely an encouragement to learn absailing. ;>)

18 May 2010 2:14pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Down the shaft...but it flips horizontal if I gaze for a while. Those your bottles? best...jerry

18 May 2010 4:29pm

@ordinaryimages: Nah, Jerry - my open container days are long behind me. This is a multi-use public facility and it looks as though it was secured for a party the previous evening before our engagement as a photography studio on this Saturday morning. I could look into who's responsible for cleaning the space between engagements - but it's generally not my nature to complain - besides - the price was well below market value!

Here's a map of the facility:

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

i would love to see you two "streaking away" if anybody caught you taking these shots :-)

18 May 2010 4:58pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Possible to snack the sample ???

18 May 2010 5:41pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

captivating image...the fresh, interesting perspective is so clever, and while that is not perhaps the right word, so much thought has been given to the location, the model and perspective...the success of the combination of al three has nothing to do with luck or's down to a lot of thought...great work Stephen.

18 May 2010 6:01pm

@Ted: This started out as blind simple 'stumble upon' dumb luck, Ted. There was no design and no plan. I knew the stairway and it was the general area of where we were heading. But as soon as I got up there and Revina was heading down the steps - I saw IT ! I remember telling her to put her feet in the center of the 'diamond' and to lean back - arched against the wall. It did come out better than I'd hoped for in my wildest imagination. Like I said - one of my favorites.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very graphic. A great shot…

18 May 2010 7:39pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom put this simply down to luck would be unfair to your vision or the notion that with varying degrees of success...we make our own luck...for example being in the right place, at the right time, with the right kit and right model?

18 May 2010 8:12pm

@Ted: I completely agree! The positioning for opportunity - patience - light observations - - - we do make our luck with frequency. But there are times where planning enters into the equation more than in others - and I was merely saying this was more by surprise than by design...

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

it ended up being a great surprise......i'm having a hard time figuring out exactly where you were standing.....but I love the angle you used.......i used to love that show.......hadn't thought about it in a long while....

18 May 2010 10:41pm

@Susan: This is a retaining wall where Vallejo Street meets Jones Street on Russian Hill. If you want to go back to my response to Kentucky Jerry (ordinary images) - there's a link to a Google map. It doesn't show the situation as well as I'd hoped but you'll get the idea. The street (in front of McMillan's) comes down to the top of the retaining wall and then splits to get down to Jones Street. The stairways offer away for pedestrians to get to the intersection without walking down the traffic ramps. Steep hills bring about creative engineering solutions - especially for real estate as valuable as that on Russian Hill.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a classy and super cool shot, a great spot for it, Love this, doubt if I will ever take nude shots, but if I do this one will be in my mind

19 May 2010 1:23am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Superb!!! You've done it again! Original and perfectly symmetrical! :) Well done
Happy ST

19 May 2010 3:44am

@Magda: Thank you, Magda - I'm glad you appreciate my playing the angles. Revina and I are going to try to get in a shoot tomorrow.

payam from tehran, Iran

graet shot i love your perspective my artist friend!

19 May 2010 8:14am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I remember that show. Great nude and great title.

20 May 2010 12:53am

Laurent from Lyon, France

very good and effective framing on this one. I like it a lot

20 May 2010 11:25am

@Laurent: Thanks, Laurent - greatly appreciated!

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Wonderful! A most impressive concept and it works so well. Your meticulous posing of the model really pays off!

21 May 2010 3:36am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

What an unusual and interest view point. Great lines, great symmetry, very well seen. Just superb Stephen.

21 May 2010 1:00pm