Lena & The Wild Cat (LENA-CAT-001)

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.

American Express and Cartier together commissioned Gary Bernstein and Lena Harris to produce a national advertisement for their companies. A baby lion and a baby leopard were brought in as Lena's co-stars. Each animal had an attention span of only a few shots before it became very playful. Consequently, the animals were shifted back and forth, repeatedly during the session. In the final analysis, not only did Lena have to pose herself, but she also had to position and pose the baby cats so as to display properly the Cartier emerald and diamond necklace. 

This image from the session depicts the leopard cub wearing the Cartier million dollar jeweled collar. It also captures the feline appeal of Lena Harris which just may outshine that of the leopard's. The image was recorded with a Hasselblad el/m camera affixed with a 150mm f/4.0 Zeiss Sonnar lens on Kodak Plus-X 6x6 black and white negative film.Pin_it_button