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"Sola, perduta abbandonata..."

In the final act of the Puccini opera "Manon Lescaut", the main character wanders across the desert, dying of thirst and singing the aria "Sola, perduta, abbandonata" (alone, lost, abandoned). In the song, Manon recalls her not so chaste past, and muses about her fatal beauty and her fate. That's what I think of when I see this image, although at the time it was shot, we were going for more of a post-apocalypse look.


My model was the world renowned cellist, Tina Guo ( -- one of the most talented people on the planet. This was taken in the desert, about 2 hours inland from Los Angeles, shortly before sunset.


The image is currently hanging in the Julia Dean gallery in Venice, California, as part of the juried "Show Off" exhibition. It will also soon be hanging at the Vermont Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont as part of the "Pose and Gesture" exhibition juried by Tim Anderson (

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Taken on June 6, 2010