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Monday, 23 July 2012


I like the photo but as a Pediatrician, I'm alarmed by a stairway without a railing.

Somebody's going to get hurt!

I get the impression that the young girl at the bottom of the stairs is also a gymnast, but younger. That's an assumption, which might be wrong.

So...somebody forgot to say "Cheese!" ?

From the expression on the young lady's face either she really isn't enjoying the photographic experience or she found a hair in her cereal.

I've never seen that particular set up before, and it's nice to see something new.

But a smile would've killed her? If I were Mr. Schoeller I think maybe I would've suggested something less..."put upon".

Or maybe she's irritated because she can't find her other sock.


"Best of all is the wonderful expression on Gabby Douglas's beautiful face—the super-confident, self-contained look of the highly trained, superbly skilled athlete."

Hm. I would have described that expression as one of extreme annoyance at the photographer.

"...I'm alarmed by a stairway without a railing..."

Photoshop magic??


That is the look of someone who has proven herself, to herself, beyond all doubt, who she really is... just breathtaking. Thank you for posting it!

I agree it is truly a superb shot, and 100% more of a controlled (studio) shot. The big piece that solidifies that idea is no handrails on the staircase in a house with children.

With her positioning being exactly where the handrails should be, I'm feeling a subliminal message. Maybe not so subliminal.

I think I would rip down the middle and bleed trying to imitate that pose. Great shot though.

You CAN touch your toes?

I bet those girls hanging out on the stairs have air conditioning.

Best wishes from Romania! :)


There's a series of Olympian portraits done by ESPN for their body issue, it's a full series of (implied) nude shoots. Their slickness was a real counter-point to that very talked about series. However, what I found refreshing was their inclusion of Oskana Masters, a para-olympian.

You can see the image here: http://espn.go.com/espn/photos/gallery/_/id/8136693/image/25/oksana-masters-2012-body-issue-bodies-want-espn-magazine (depending where you work, possibly Not Safe For Work)

Ah, thanks for the memories....


Couldn't agree more. And she is really beautiful. Without trying to look "glamour".

I can barely touch my toes. *If* I'm allowed to bend my knees. 40 years of being buried in reading has taken its toll.

I would love more posts like this featuring excellent photography and what you see in it that makes it excellent. I've never studied photography formally, so this will be my night school.

The only three things I noticed were the miserable expression, the bizarre house/studio 'look' and what an unpleasant environment to be in with carpets like that. It must be a studio, no?

For me, the best photos are stylized. The shooter has to bring something to the party.

Time magazine made the choice to send Martin Schoeller, instead of Mark the Cobra Snake.

Love the game face! Wishing her all the best.

Although I like gritty reality as much as anyone there is something deeply satisfying in seeing a well constructed technical photograph as an example of sheer craftsmanship.

True, there is a lot of it about (any big bucks advertising or fashion shoot) but that does not make it easy or accessible, which is why these guys get paid serious money for a single shoot. Only a small proportion of staged photographic work has that something special that marks out the great from the merely competent.

These photographers are if anything the modern day equivalent to the "Great Masters" of portrait and still life painting prior to the 19th century. Perfect lighting, perfect composition and, in many cases, an allegorical element. The only thing that's really changed is the style and nature of the subject matter. The technical elements are the same as they always were.

Although my art preferences are decidedly modern am I still capable of being awestruck by a real Rembrandt, Velasquez or Sargent.

Mike, spending 10 minutes just trying to touch your toes demonstrates the commitment of a true athlete :)

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