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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Eighty-five: On Tour cruising the Mississippi from Memphis to the Gulf > Modesty, Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, Louisiana, 2012
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Modesty, Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, Louisiana, 2012

While this begrimed figure may use a drape to modestly cover her otherwise unclothed body, nature goes one better here by overwhelming the sculpted body within a cloak of living green leaves and yellow flowers. The incongruous blend of art and nature offers a double helping of privacy to this well worn 19th century work of classical sculpture. I moved my subject to the left side of my frame, allowing it to gaze into additional cover if needed.

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Phil Douglis31-Dec-2012 03:15
The frame is always an important part of photographic story telling, Carol. Thank you for mentioning that. I liked the sense of incongruous overkill here -- the naked statue holds a drape over the lower half of her body, places one hand over her breast, and finally, tucks herself away in the foliage.
Carol E Sandgren31-Dec-2012 02:45
Yes, beautiful framing on this image! The statue appears modest indeed and on the lookout for peering eyes on her naked body.
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