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May 18, 2009


Filed under: Gordon McGregor — Rex @ 13:37



  1. Although a million miles away in social context, this reminds me of ‘Paris,Texas’. I like the surreal nature of the Prada building in the middle of nowhere with the ubiquitous ‘Western’ telegraph pole next to it. The cloud formation helps out with the wide angle viewpoint too.

    Did you use fill flash? Her face seems a little bit too bright. I think that I would prefer natural light and shadow – even wearing the hat to make the point. The lighting on her makes it more like a studio shot, or a transfer from a studio shot.

    Maybe it is not so unusual: perhaps Las Vegas is right behind you!

    Comment by John Ellis — May 19, 2009 @ 07:00

  2. The lighting makes this look more digital graphic than photo. Nothing wrong with that (a fantasy picture of a fantasy brand and all that), but in my personal aesthetic my thoughts about production get in the way.

    I can imagine this meeting an advertising brief and being well received.

    Comment by Colin — May 20, 2009 @ 19:28

  3. Studio back lot? Whatever it is, this is a bizarre place.

    This looks really polished, but I’m not sure it is quite polished enough. Maybe you need a little more texture on the skin of her chest, or just to push the whole look a bit farther down the road.

    Comment by matt — May 21, 2009 @ 23:38

  4. no, not a studio lot. It is in the desert, in West Texas, about 50 miles outside of Marfa, Tx.

    Comment by Gordon — May 22, 2009 @ 13:08

  5. I am sure I’ve seen this building before, is the lady wearing Prada?

    When I looked at this at work the lady’s left arm appeared very ‘cut out’, it is less obvious at home but I think it is due to a slight over sharpening and her left arm shows it most.

    Comment by Rex — May 23, 2009 @ 18:21

  6. This all strikes me as so strange — Prada comes to Mayberry R.F.D. Why is an upscale designer name on a building that looks like it was dropped in the middle of nowhere, and why is a woman posing there in a colorful dress when the locale suggests she should be in boots and jeans?

    The dirt, electric pole and lighting make this scene so incongruous — like a fashion shoot gone awry. It also makes it interesting and something of a mystery.

    Comment by Christina — May 25, 2009 @ 05:04

  7. But Mayberry RFD was ditched by CBS in 1971!

    Comment by John Ellis — May 25, 2009 @ 06:34

  8. “But Mayberry RFD was ditched by CBS in 1971!”

    The Andy Griffith Show reruns are still playing here. ;-)

    Comment by Christina — May 25, 2009 @ 14:14

  9. “The Andy Griffith Show reruns are still playing here. ;-)”

    …and also here in Japan on a local cable channel…dubbed!

    “I can imagine this meeting an advertising brief and being well received.”

    Not sure what the advert would be though. I’m sure the dress and hat creator would want to see a little more in the shot…but maybe the ear-ring creator is the client? Ignoring the advertisement brief, the parts do come together quite well and the sky relief softens the building’s sharp edges a smidge. The model’s postioning looks fairly natural though the cocked arm could perhaps do with being a little less intrusive of the store-front window.

    Comment by akikana — May 26, 2009 @ 01:04

  10. A strange location for such an upmarket looking place, many customers? I can imagine keeping the place comfortable temperature wise would be difficult.

    The womans chest does seem a little over lit or lacking modelling light but otherwise this does seem to be straight out of a magazine.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — May 26, 2009 @ 01:25

  11. No idea about Andy griffith.

    Most has been said. For me, the problem with the model lighting is the dark lower part of the dress, rather than bright head & shoulders.

    Comment by doonster — May 26, 2009 @ 08:46

  12. …but maybe the ear-ring creator is the client?

    The client is a housing developer. This shows that wonderful people who all have great taste will be your neighbours. They thought of using a standard marina shot but somebody eventually pointed out that the nearest sea was *quite* a long way away.

    Comment by Colin — May 26, 2009 @ 09:41

  13. it’s a difficult place to shop – the door is welded shut and they’ve only got one of each shoe.

    Comment by Gordon — May 26, 2009 @ 18:43

  14. Extremely effective for me. To begin with, the incongruity of the Prada store in Marfa, Texas strikes my funny bone. Most of all I appreciate the way you have captured the feeling of the brutal heat and contasted that with the saucy attitude of your model. If I like, I can imagine that she is eager to finish shooting and get to shopping. Great fun.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 7, 2009 @ 15:04

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