Moved in the Spirit

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© Scott Anderson
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UploadedDecember 2, 2009
TakenAugust 27, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/160 sec at f/4.5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length24 mm
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This unique situation occurred just after this model had hurt herself while climbing into the tire you see in this shot.

The tire had originally been leaning against the wall behind her. As she crawled back into it so we could get a shot of her peeking out from the inside...she placed her weight on the front edge of the wheel edge bead and toppled this heavy tire over with her still inside. The bead caught her behind the neck and smashed her, face first, into the mud and broken glass on the concrete floor!!!

At first we worried that she had broken her neck but it turned out that she had only cut her face and broken her left foot.

When we got her disentangled from the tire she sat down on it and gathered her wits. In just moments, she looked down at herself, now covered in the grime that had splashed out from the bottom of the tire and the blood from her cut lip, then insisted that we keep shooting!

I have never witnessed a more impressive attitude in a model before, or since. She made the decision to go ahead with the now radical mix of glamour and gore and played it in a way that I can only described as INSPIRED.

These three shots were just after she started to pose again. I was so shaken that I neglected to change the camera settings from the lower light scene we had been shooting in just prior to her fall. Being over exposed I had no real use for them until I realized we could combine them for this look of an almost ghostly figure in motion.

This magnificent model truly exemplifies the theme of "Transformations" by not only making the best of her transformation from a healthy and glamorous young lady to a broken and bloodied mess but also for having the courage to make the transformation of what was once a glamour shoot, into the stunning statement that even battered and broken, one can still find beauty and grace.

I plan to write a story and illustrate it with more images from this once in a lifetime shoot.

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  • Isabelle Brown

    Isabelle Brown gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    wow, inspiring story. love the idea and originality

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