Nude on the dunes

Eighty years ago, Edward Weston produced his landmark series of nudes on the spectacular, ocean-side sand dunes of Oceano, California.

If you have some spare change, you can pick up one of Weston’s prints at an auction such as this one at Sotheby’s a week ago

You have a spare $325,000, right?

Today the state of California manages the dunes as a state park. But it’s an unusual state park; off-road vehicle access is allowed and encouraged. Every day, the beach and dunes are covered with vehicles driving in every direction—noisy, smelly, and often piloted by inebriated humans.

But there is one small corner of the park in which vehicles are banned. If you wander into this area, between the towering dunes, you might not see or hear another human for hours.

In April, I made a series of images of my favorite model in that small peaceful area, where the majestic, ever shifting dunes still appear as they did many years ago. Here is a sample image:

More images are at http://thomashammel.com/dune.

Making images of a gorgeous, naked woman is a hard job, but someone’s got to do it. Here I am hard at work on the dunes:

 

 

The weekly nude

This is my first ever blog post. Yep, I’m very trendy and up to date. What is it, 20 years since everyone else in the world has had a blog? 20th Century, here I come. Anyway, here goes. I’m going to do this once a week, talking a little about the projects I’m working on or whatever else comes to mind. Each post will include a photograph. Since all my work involves nudity (not really true, but almost), it will be a nude image–the weekly nude.