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Nigel Barker Photography

Given that Nigel Barker appears on the TV show America's Next Top Model, and that he himself was once a model, it may seem odd that the photographer opted to work with department-store mannequins rather than flesh-and-blood girls for this fashion story. As it turns out, Barker is an enthusiastic risk-taker when it comes to his craft, and he wanted to shoot something for us that hadn't been done before. His idea was to photograph a group of beauties clad in chic clothes on a beach in Mon-tauk, New York. Okay, we've seen that kind of thing before. But what if he could do it in the middle of the night, with only the full moon for illumination? "This was a chance for me to have some fun and experiment with purely photographic ideas," says Barker. The results of those experiments—all the images were shot digitally, by the way—are strangely beautiful.

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Will any of the girls on these pages be named America's next top model? Probably not, since they're made of plastic. But these models were the perfect choice for the story Barker proposed for American Photo: Shooting a fashion feature at night, with only the full moon of February 20, 2008, for illumination, meant using long exposures—the image here was shot at eight minutes at f/4. (Note the blurred movement of stars in the shot at left.) Real models couldn't be trusted to remain motionless that long. Barker shot with a Mamiya RZ67 Pro I ID, using either a Leaf Aptus 75S or a Phase One P45 digital back, and various wide-angle lenses.

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Top Model's Nigel Barker.

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