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Homage II to David Meyer

I owe the idea for this image to fellow P-Netter David Meyer, who pointed out that a previous image of mine seemed to involve a naked woman for no apparent reason. That gave me the idea of purposely including nudity in my images for no artistic reason. That way I wouldn't have to give them silly titles like "Solitude," "Grief," or "What are You Looking At?" because, since I was engaging in no pretense, I did not need to keep any pretense up. I approached my model and told her I wanted to photograph her naked for no other reason than to see her naked; no art whatsoever was going to be involved. Luckily, she agreed. Since David was the source of the idea, I chose a broken-down building as my setting (if you look at his images, you'll see why). I told her to do whatever she felt like doing, so long as it was sans clothing. Here is the result.


David Meyer , September 16, 2007; 11:35 P.M.


I see you have become a complete sellout. LOL Gratuitous nude, indeed. Actually, in this case, if you will pardon my saying so, this would be a pretty boring image without the nude. And, the nude is lovely. So there is not much to complain about. I'm thinking she should be wearing a tool belt or something, but what do I know? It looks as though your house addition is coming along nicely. Someday, I plan on seeing the architect/housewife in one of your images vacuuming the vases while nude in the new addition.

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David Meyer , September 16, 2007; 11:42 P.M.


You caught me typing away before I knew the whole story. I hadn't read the information on the photo when I wrote the above. I don't think it changes anything I said, but now I'm not so clueless. And, perhaps you will like my suggestion for the sequel. Also, my greatest appreciation to the model for indulging you, and, I guess me and the rest of us. She must be quite a woman.

I do rather like the image, even though you seem to be jesting. The frame will be covered and so will the model when she goes shopping tomorrow. The fact that she is behind plastic, could allude to our need to be covered both physically and psychologically. Oh, for Christ's sake, I could come up with all sorts of such crap, but that doesn't seem appropriate under the circumstances. Perhaps a gratuitous flamingo would do the trick.....

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Nima Koochek Shooshtari , September 17, 2007; 09:36 A.M.

hi great capture, lovely nude, nice shot, nothing more can say congrats, good luck

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Raymond Elstad , October 03, 2007; 12:20 A.M.

Hey Barry, Looks like a long legged leaping gnome to me and that's not a broken down building it's a house being remodeled that was lovingly sealed off by the carpenter to keep dust out of the rest of the house... if not lovinly at least in an effort to keep the home owner off his mmmmmmmmmmm... back... I'm all for gratuitous nudity and also for asking women to get nekked so I can take their photos for no artistic reason but I pretend to be doing it for ART, more than a man's name... I admire your honesty Barry and your example... just ask for what you want and you might just get it... She looks like a dancer or at least a prancer... Cheers, Raymond

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Barry Carlton , October 04, 2007; 12:42 A.M.


Obviously you've either seen or been through a remodel. It was the closest I could find to being a broken-down building, though. Meanwhile, I'm living in a tent in the back yard . . .

Raymond Elstad , October 05, 2007; 04:10 P.M.

I was a remodeling contractor for 30 years... a tent??? I often recommended that folks get a trailer to put in the driveway... sounds like you are roughing it... hope they get it all sealed up before the rains... R.

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Jonathan Charles , October 22, 2007; 08:20 P.M.


Well I think you "gratuitously" created rather a nice shot - she looks very free and comfortable in your temporary space. You should put a print of it on the wall near where you were standing to remind you of how the room got started.

Best wishes, Jonathan

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Barry Carlton , October 23, 2007; 12:06 A.M.


Thanks for the compliment; it's better than a string of 7's from the infamous anonymous raters. I also like your idea.

Jim Phelps , December 19, 2008; 08:03 A.M.


Good series with an interesting explanation.

JIm Phelps

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Barry Carlton , December 19, 2008; 11:20 A.M.


Many thanks. I appreciate the praise, and I appreciate anyone who is willing to take time to comment. It's all too rare around here.

David Meyer , December 20, 2008; 01:06 A.M.


Jeez man, it's been over a year. Aren't we entitled to another gratuitous nude by now already?

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Barry Carlton , December 20, 2008; 10:26 A.M.


Well, you can check out the upside of home remodeling shot . . .

Raymond Elstad , February 20, 2009; 11:00 A.M.

I'm assuming that you've finally finished this remodel... Does the little woman, and architect, still dance about making leaps of joy in it??? An inquiring mind wants to know...

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Barry Carlton , February 20, 2009; 04:53 P.M.


Actually, we're still living in the yurt. But any day now . . . (we started construction two years ago this March). But eventually, the yurt will be a studio, the temporary kitchen will be a darkroom, and I'll be a happy camper.

Raymond Elstad , February 23, 2009; 10:50 A.M.

2 Years! Yikes, unless you are doing the work yourself??? It took me a year and a half of weekends to do our kitchen... man was I ever glad when it was done and I could get back to my golf game... I built myself a darkroom a couple of years ago and sadly haven't worked in it for over a year... I've been consumed by digital, I have... -r-

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Barry Carlton , February 23, 2009; 11:32 P.M.


Two years, indeed. And, no, we aren't doing the work ourselves. It's kind of addictive, though, having a handyman continually present. I bought a Big Green Egg recently, and the construction guys were around to save my poor back from having to unload it from the truck.

Two and a half months of the remodel were taken up by doing the concrete countertops. Other time was taken by things like plastering (rather than dry-walling), hand-finishing extensive wood trim, and I don't know what-all else. Over all, it's an adventure to be married to an architect.

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