A rear soapy view of Avra Bennett by Harrison Marks. Avra appears through-out Kamera No.37 (1961) in various poses in and out this tub and around the boudoir, but this rear view of her is one of my favourites. I think it must be the curve of those hips and the ways the lighting and shadows bounce off it 🙂
Avra Bennett perfectly exposed in the studio by Harrison Marks. This uncensored version comes directly from the negative, but it was also published in Kamera No.37 P9 (1961) in it’s slightly censored version, not that you could tell as you can hardly see anything controversial in this shot!
The photo published in Kamera was also one of the pages that also included the camera and lighting settings for the shot, because let’s not forget Kamera was a study of photography through the female form and we all wanted to know the camera and light settings, didn’t we! So for all those that want to know, the details were Camera: Hasselblad, Exposure: 30th at f11, 4000 watts tungsten light on Weston 64 speed film. As I said a perfectly exposed shot of Arva, but I tend to focus on the less technical side of things, as I’m a much more of a visual person 😉
The title is a reference to the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross”, which also happens to be my home town. The full rhyme (should you care) is:
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.