“50 Models | 50 States”
Corwin Prescott | Elle Spencer (Jay Elle S) | Rapid City, SD 5/2013
This image, for me, is both exciting and melancholy. On one hand, I’ve been waiting quite a while to finally see it, but, on the other hand, it still leaves me slightly sick knowing that this photo was taken mere hours before a very bad car crash that landed 3 of my friends in the hospital (with, luckily, only minor injuries) maybe 15 minutes after we parted ways (me heading for Colorado and them for North Dakota) and delayed not only their trip, but also delayed Corwin’s timeline for the finish and release of his book “50 Models | 50 States”.
After a 12+ hour drive from Kansas City - through 2 different major rain storms, and, after an amazingly clear sunset 1/3 of the way between Sioux Falls and Rapid City, and watching the largest and most dramatic lightning storm I, at that time, had ever seen going on to the South of me for hours - I finally made it to Rapid City, SD, met up with Corwin, Vaunt, and @esuolcs, and crashed for the night.
That morning started out with breakfast nearby where we ran into models @ohnoradio and @frolicahoy, who happened to be passing through Rapid City at the same time (which was crazy! The odds that they would be passing through at the same time as the rest of us is very low! But I can’t complain, it was awesome meeting both girls). Afterwards it was on to the dinosaur park where this photo was taken.
It’s on location shoots like this one that add suspense when waiting to see the final image. Taking the actual images took under 10 minutes, but waiting for the opportunity to take the shots took a good 2 hours of waiting as pairs or groups of people came and went, never with enough time to shoot until that one window of time came that was long enough to not be wasted. I still can’t wait to see the polaroid scans from this shoot as I know at least 1 was definitely worth more than the wait.
Go over to Corwin’s shop and get your copy of the “50 Models | 50 States” Limited Edition Hardcover or E-Book now at: http://shop.corwinprescott.com/products/50-models-50-states-11x14-limited-edition-hard-cover/