Lena in Dampened Beauty (LENA-22)

Grummans Edition
Gary Bernstein
  • 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 Sargent 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 captured using a Nikon F3 affixed with a 105mm f/2.5 Auto-Nikkor lens on Kodak 35mm Kodachrome 25 color positive film.   Gary and Lena shot the book with no art directors, no stylists, no assistants and no crew. The simplicity of the shoot is echoed in this striking image of Lena Harris with wet hair in a timeless rendition of classic sensuality.Pin_it_button