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I used this photograph, by local photographer Melanie Schiff, on the homepage...
because I expected it would generate more traffic than usual, and, well, I was right.
But I also just think it's a great picture. What gets me about it is not the nude woman, but everything else--the berber carpet, the drapes, the sliding-glass door. Without the beautiful woman in the frame, it'd seem generic, a stock suburban den. To me, at least, the conceit of the photo is that her presence lends beauty to her surroundings, and makes the viewer look at them with a friendlier eye.
Fred Camper profiled Schiff back in January, when she had a show at Kavi Gupta. Photos from that show are still online at the gallery's Web site, and my favorites--Emergency, Spit Rainbow, Heyyou, and Lagoon, among others--all seem to find a profound bit of pleasure, be it fun or beauty, in explicitly simple surroundings.