“This is the most exciting photoshoot I’ve ever done”, said Mila when we finished shooting her in the middle of a road. “I think this is going to be your best photoset for sure, Mila”, replied Michael.
We were driving around looking for a good spot to shoot another set with Mila, but each good spot had a car parked beside it. While public nudity is not illegal in Sweden, some people have issues with it and the moment we start shooting some old lady would come by and make disapproving looks as if what we were doing somehow personally offended her. Yet with other places, the problem was not of disapproving strangers, but that people wouldn’t leave and just stayed in the cars looking at what we were doing.
At one of those scouting drives Michael had this crazy idea to just stop the car in the middle of road and just shoot Mila right then and there. A passing car is after all better than a parked car and we should get less looks and attention. Luckily Mila thrills on being nude, and she is pretty damn good at what she does. Even so, we had no real expectation that she would say yes to such a crazy idea. But the thrill of being nude and the danger of approaching cars made her jump up of excitement. She insisted we stop and just give it a try. And so we did. And it became our best set. Probably the best set in Mila’s career so far.
What united us in our vision was the creative opportunity. Before we stopped the car there was nothing but an unremarkable road on that spot. Thousands of cars pass by that spot daily and not a single car bother to stop and enjoy the view because there is nothing remarkable out there.
Yet Michael had a vision to transform that boring road into something artistically meaningful by adding Mila to that unremarkable place. The contrast between Mila’s soft skin and hard asphalt, and the expectations of upcoming cars had a potential to make a very dynamic picture. Michael and Mila were committed to their vision for a creative photoset and they started improvising on the go, fueling each other by their energy and passion.
My contribution was to watch out for the cars, protecting Michael’s and Mila’s life. I also had a jacket at hands to cover Mila in case of approaching cars. She however only asked for it for the first car and then never bothered to hide again. I was split between looking at Mila’s electrifiying excitement to pose nude for passing cars, and looking at the drivers’ faces when they went by her.
I think we all had a great deal of fun that day and you can surely feel that in the pictures. I hope seeing Mila nude made the day for those drivers as well.
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