A woman lays in a long-abandoned machine repair shop at a decommissioned naval base in Charleston, South Carolina (US). The paradoxical juxtaposition of a pin-up model in the gritty, dilapidated environment is a commentary on incongruity in our modern world. Conduit that used to be on the ceiling now lies on the floor. In the images of Maria with machines, there is a plethora of menacing shapes, yet she seems oblivious to her hazardous surroundings.
From my Industrial Nudes theme. This collection of images sets the nude form against unnatural environments of concrete, chrome, mechanization, and grit. The series contemplates the contrast between the mechanical and the organic, the clean and the gritty. Even the strongest human body is slight and delicate when compared to the rigid, bulky elements of the industrial backdrops. It is, at its base, a commentary that compares an idealized “human as an animal” to humanity’s perpetual expansion into nature. This theme celebrates beauty and achievement by showcasing icons of mechanization in conjunction with the splendor of the human form.