When I heard about the project and then saw some its excellent photography, I was intrigued by it. After contacting Erica and discussing it with her, I wanted to participate.
For several years, I’ve been working as an artists’ model and pose nude fairly often, yet always indoors. Plus, I’ve mostly been captured with a brush or pencil, not a camera. I love the blending of nudity and nature, and that was a major incentive for doing this. (And at 59 years old, I thought, “Why not?”)
The actual shoot wasn’t work at all, as modeling can often be. Savoring the warmth of the midday sun, and a light breeze, on my skin made it all the more enjoyable. It was fun and relaxing, and Erica and I–photographer and subject–meshed. Afterwards, I realized how open I was. Not so much as a model, but in what I expressed to Erica, and how candid I was in our interviews before and after the shoot.
I think that’s what I’ll take with me the most from this experience. Not what I revealed of myself, but about myself. Shakespeare wrote “to thine own self be true” (as we all should), and I was–embodied.