PAPER SIZE 28.29 X 22 INCHES
IMAGE SIZE 26.29 X 20 INCHES
Lena Harris (GBE-LENA-002) Polaroid Transfer Photographed June 1976 Aruba, Netherlands Antilles In 1974, Gary Bernstein met his muse, the sensual and beautiful Lena Harris, a superstar model with the Eileen Ford Agency and later with The Wilhelmina Agency. Together they produced the classic book, "Burning Cold," which contains Gary's photographs of Lena combined with the prose of Elton John's lyricist, Bernie Taupin. Over the years their collaboration has resulted in images for collectors and many of the world's top clients. Lena Harris is now an author and a filmmaker, and her documentary, "Big Willie Robinson, Our Story, as Told by Sergeant Bill Chaffin," premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. This particular photograph is an outtake from "Burning Cold." It was taken late afternoon with hot direct sunlight as the only light source striking Lena's face and form. She is adorned in a Scott Barrie dress. In the background are the ruins of an old staircase on the island. The image was made on a Nikon F3 affixed with a 105mm f/2.5 Auto-Nikkor lens using Kodak 35mm Kodachrome 25 color positive film. This special image is a Polaroid Transfer (a means of transferring the pigment of the print to a substrate via roller). Gary introduced pictorial enhancements to the image using brushes to add both water color and acrylic paints as the print was drying. The result is a mixed-medium rendition that is both painted and photographic, and has the appeal of a contemporary Venus rising from the sea.