Photography and Art
Girls, Gyrls, Gyrlz -- Mannikins as Statues
Bronze Girl - Grant Park Chicago
Copyright, 2004 - Ellin Beltz
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For years, every time my friend Mike came to our studio, he'd always take a good look at Ken's photos and offer"to hold lights" or "do anything" just to be able to be a part of a shoot, "you know, with naked girls."
You also need to know that Mike never gets out of bed until 10 a.m. and moves outwards around noon.
So one morning around 8:00 a.m. when the light was just perfect and there was a fine mist in the air, (well, o.k. it was raining) I called Mike who had, after all promised to do "anything" to help with a shoot and told him, "Let's go shoot some naked girls in the park!" He was in front of my house with the motor running at 8:27 a.m. We drove all the way to the south side and there in the park was the naked girl just as promised. She was made of bronze and the model had been dead for 50 years, but a naked girl is a naked girl especially in the storm it had become.
So Mike, great sport that he is, not only held the umbrella so I could shoot without wrecking my camera, but he pointed me in the direction of a bunch of other "naked girls in Chicago parks" and cemeteries. This show features black and white photographs that were the results of our day's trip.
They're all dead. But in their time they must have been unconventional. Imagine posing back then when an ankle was a big deal. And imagine knowing that your work would be in the park for the prudes, the kids and the pigeons to perve on until it got melted down, beaten up or destroyed by the winds of time.
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June 23, 2004