Trina Merry, a photographer who just moved to New York City, is trying to get noticed with an artistic approach which counts on blending in to make its most dramatic statement. Merry "paints" nude models to look as though they're part of some iconic NYC skyline backdrops.
And, despite the fact that her models (some men, mostly women) aren't wearing a stitch of clothing, it's not against the law in New York City to take photos of naked people covering up all the naughty bits with a dollop of paint.
Showing off her skill as a painter as well as a photographer, Merry publishes examples of her work to her Facebook page, in various stages of completion. But it's the final portrait, framed exactly to match some of the most well known skylines in the world (the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, etc.) that will make most forget that the model transforming the dynamic imagery is completely naked underneath all that color.
At first, anyway. The more the image is (ahem) studied, the more apparent it becomes that the model posing is truly naked under all that paint, and most people passing by don't seem to have a problem with it.
In the AP video posted above, even little children seem to take the model's nakedness (demurely covered until the money shot is ready to be taken) in stride. For some reason, there doesn't seem to be the same stigma attached as there would be if the man or woman was walking around letting it all hang out.
Merry gives the reason for starting the project, and for taking some flack from the rare passerby, in an interview on Aug. 5 with the Hattiesburg American, saying "I wanted to engage the city and understand it and make some observations. So instead of a person right in front of the Empire State building or the Statue of Liberty, they're softly in the background, and you've got more of a reflective view of the person within the landscape."
And, the end result is worth all the hard work and an occasional dirty look. Click above to see a slideshow of some of the most eye-popping examples of Trina Merry's startling, unique and very creative work on Facebook.
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