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Vickie and Andre, 1996 Purchase a print of this image
There's a famous piece of oil art that features a group of nattily dressed French men sitting around on the painted grass in the company of a naked woman. Any time I've ever had the honor of seeing a reproduction of this piece in female company, the gnashing of teeth has obscured the view.

When I make portraits of couples, I never even bother to suggest she take off her clothes while he leaves his on. Only once have I done a setup like that, when I was doing an ongoing pregnancy series. Dad was not willing to pose nude with his wife, so we had a look at the juxtaposition of clothed man, bare woman. It looked so stupid and ungainly I've never wasted film that way again. Nothing could be seen through the odor of 'putting the little woman in her place.'

And yet - when couples see the examples of bare guys and their elegant consorts on my wall, I never have to ask.

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TECHNICAL INFO
SERIAL NUMBER: 9609-13-02
FILM: Kodak TMY ('T-Max 400'), 120 format, at EI 200.
EXPOSURE: f5.6 at 1/8 sec.
FILM DEVELOPMENT: D76 1:1, 11 minutes, 21C, plain water presoak, normal agitation.
LIGHTING: daylight.
CAMERA and LENS: Hasselblad ELX camera, Zeiss 120 mm f4 'makro' lens.
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