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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 23 July 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

model: Machaon ( 2010 ) - study at an abandoned rail car

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Shortly after we made this capture - I managed to get Machaon to move back into a patch of poison oak. She saw it right away and got out. I carry water in the car - she washed off and used paper towels to remove the oils. It was too late. Not good. Modeling is hard work with many hazards. I definitely owe her after this shoot. Sorry, Mach...

[tomorrow]: Another image of our gypsy pal Jesse - with her tambourine. This begins an entire week of all new Jesse images from our sessions back in September of 2009. I am going to be taking a little break away from AM3 during this period but will check in as I get the opportunity.

Joyous light to you all...

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

She should get danger money, good work

23 Jul 2010 5:16am

Machaon from United States

You so owe me. I went to urgent care three times and looked like a burn victim. You're lucky you're my favorite photographer.

23 Jul 2010 5:26am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I like very much the pose of Mach here, fantastic expression and lines.
I'm sorry about the accident, but I suppose that it was nothing important.
Enjoy your break, we will enjoy Jesse's week :))

23 Jul 2010 5:56am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice composition, the one I prefer in this series

23 Jul 2010 6:16am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

intresting poise in relation to the metal work which appears womb like !
seriousley though! a picture is not worth harm or hurt to another!

23 Jul 2010 6:35am

@kate: I agree, Kate - my number one rule is 'don't hurt the model' - and I seriously enforce the rule. She was fine up to this point and there was no sign of any poison oak anywhere. Yet in the shade in the far left corner of the rail car there was a large specimen of the cursed stuff. When Mach got back up on the flatcar in the sun - which had been muted by clouds - was now fully bright. I suggested she move back into the shade. Bad move...

yz from Budapest, Hungary

this is very lovely

23 Jul 2010 6:37am

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States

Very lovely nude study

23 Jul 2010 7:06am

k@ from Paris, France

A serie that requires to protect oneself from tetanos ! ;) Superb like the previous one, sure the set brings so much sensation to the scene, collision is superbly meaningful here.

23 Jul 2010 7:51am

Marie LC from France

You always succeed in creating surprising and beautiful compositions at the same time. I like!

23 Jul 2010 8:15am

Annie from Bordeaux, France

So beautiful ! ***** I like very much her eyes...

23 Jul 2010 11:27am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

hmmm!!!surprisin' !!

23 Jul 2010 11:31am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous setup and she :)) great portrait

23 Jul 2010 1:00pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

nice shot and portrait :)

23 Jul 2010 1:02pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Fallen of sleeping car ???

23 Jul 2010 1:09pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

You manage to make her look so lonely and vulnerable in this pose.

23 Jul 2010 1:44pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

WOW !!! another perfect composition & The position... AWESOME

23 Jul 2010 2:50pm

iren from Iran

wow!very nice composition and beautiful style!

23 Jul 2010 3:14pm

David from Detroit, United States

I like the way the shapes around her mirror the curves of the pose-- the steel of the wheel truck, the curves of the wildflower stems.

23 Jul 2010 6:31pm

Mathew D'sa from Goa, India

Very beautiful. Well composed and the lighting is just great.

23 Jul 2010 6:41pm

Wilson of Waterbury from Waterbury, Connecticut, United States

Oh Lord! I just think about poison oak and I break out. In April I did a shoot on the cliffs at Bixby Bridge. The infernal weed had not yet leafed out. My oh my.

That said, an impressive image here Stephen.

23 Jul 2010 9:24pm

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Beautifully processed.

23 Jul 2010 9:39pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

very nice contrast, soft smooth body juxtaposed against the hard, cold rusty train under carriage...

24 Jul 2010 1:19am

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

Great pose and good location.I´ll see you when you get back blogging Stephen,have a good week.

25 Jul 2010 11:24am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This is great, I love the juxtaposition of the soft skin and the hard rugged rusty train.

28 Jul 2010 2:32am


Très belle photo!!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

4 Aug 2010 10:38am