Duet in the Desert

Nude, Utah, 2019

I’ve posted some photos recently from my art nude photo trip to Utah last month, but so far, I have not yet posted any from my first art nude trip there this year with The Desert Adventure back in May.
Here then is a photo from that visit to the Beehive State (yes, I had to look it up), featuring models Monique and Eva Luna in a vertical panorama.  When most people think of panoramic photographs, I think they tend to think of horizontals that take in the grand sweep of scene.  Vertical panoramas seem to be more of a rarity, though I think that they can work, too.
As it is, though, I was actually forced to crop this photo from a 6 x 7 cm negative into the vertical panorama by circumstance.  The floor of the large rocky enclosure where this photo was made was very wet and muddy, and the only place where we could put down our belongings (including my camera backpack) without them getting covered by the slimy stuff was on a large rock just to the left of where the models were standing.
I admit that I would like to have had the option to show more of the scene horizontally to perhaps allow the image to “breathe” a bit more, but as it is, I am not unhappy with the final result seen here, and if anything, it emphasizes the vertical nature of the scene.  (Monique, who is standing in the alcove above, actually had to be given a boost so she could reach it.)  While I had to crop the image like this to avoid showing the rock, I am just glad that the rock was not any closer to the two models than where it actually was.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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