The image compares the spirit of our beguiling driver to that of the automobile. She reclines under the open hood, halfheartedly examining the engine of the drop-top coupé. The composition delivers more than a pin-up girl, car, and blast of nudity. Both driver and car are agile in their pursuit of indulgence.
She is relaxed, her attention turned to something out of the frame. Perhaps her mind is not even in the present. She may contemplate the past or future. The etherial nature of the image hints at the passage of time.
The photograph is bathed in somber tones that range from blues and purples to the rich siennas of her body. A glowing golden energy emanates from between her body and the engine. Although the shimmering colors are naturalistic, they are closer to a painting than a photograph. The enigmatic reflections in the antique headlamps amplify the spectral atmosphere.
The automobile is a rare 1951 Jaguar XK120SE open two-seater convertible. It is equally extravagant and vigorous. The pairing of a pin-up girl and car epitomizes that era’s ideology: a blissful way of life within reach.