Email required Address never made public. I gave myself a manicure and a pedicure. This photograph perhaps also forces a comparison between the nudist camp and the Garden of Eden in the Old Testament story of the Fall of Man Genesis 3. I spend half the year in Florida. She called once; I think she wanted to come and take more pictures.
The woman looks just to the left of the camera and wears flip-flops and a thin cross necklace.
A Husband and Wife in the Woods at a Nudist Camp, N.J. 1963
She took pictures of the thoughts, feelings, things you might not even know existed inside yourself. You notice surfaces, the smoothness of the picnic table, the bark of a tree, the texture of a leaf. Photographs by Diane Arbus. Instead she reimagines the biblical pair as a realistic modern couple in all their imperfections. A lot of women still wore hats and gloves if they were going out. The composition of A Husband and Wife in the Woods at a Nudist Camp establishes tension between the everyday pose and habituated relationship of the man and woman, and their nudity. I still have something that she gave me that day.