A Standard Moment (NYC)
About the artwork
This comes from a fashion shoot for Flair Germany, shot at the Standard Hotel, in New York’s Meatpacking District. Funny enough, to get the shot, we had to pay off one of the last remaining meat distributors in the area so I could gain access to their roof. I took the shot from there, with my assistant on the phone next to me, relaying my instructions to the model, who had her phone on speaker.
I was thinking about two things. I love the graphic nature of the building’s lines and how they make a grid when you crop out the building’s borders. The other thing I was thinking about had to do with privacy. You can see the hotel’s windows from the West Side Highway, and I had heard that traffic accidents had increased sharply when the hotel had first gone up, since apparently hotel guests were exposing themselves.
We had paid a maid to stay and change the bed in the room below, but the man changing with his back to the viewer was a happy accident.
I like this photo because of the dance that your eye does when viewing it, from the model to the maid to the man changing. Your mind wants to form a narrative, and you have questions about what is happening. I also think most of us have vouyeristic tendencies. If we can look through fifteen windows at once without being seen, most of us will go for it!
About Manolo Campion
Born in Chicago, Manolo was raised on the move between the U.S. and Latin America. Growing up in an artistic household, his creative endeavors were encouraged from a young age. Manolo studied photography at The Pasadena Art Center College of Design. Since graduating he has established himself as an in-demand fashion ph...More about Manolo Campion
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