I made this image at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, in one of the student studios in 1996. My friend and fellow photographer classmate Sarah Julku and I were perusing fashion mags looking for inspiration. We came across a Calvin Klein in a European magazine. We were both taken with it and decided to make that ad our jumping off point.
Using a few key elements of the image, but changing the rest to fit our criteria, we had the image staged with Sarah standing in and ready to shoot. Only one problem, Having not thought that far ahead, we failed to hire a model. Who would we get to pose? Going down of list of people we knew willing to disrobe for us, and coming to the realization not one of those people were in close proximity to us...Sarah announced, "I'll just do it". "Have you ever posed nude" I asked. "There is a first time for everything, I guess" She said.
With that courageous effort from my dear friend, came the result below. Problem, after 20 years of shooting figures, this is still one of my favorites I am ever produced. Thank you Sarah.
As a trained photojournalist, I am drawn to the human element. My interests have always been capturing what is real and raw. Photographing figures and art nudes is another way to feed that creative process.