Somethings the things that elude us are the things that are right under our nose. Say a naked model. Artist Trina Merry (previously) examined how modern selfie-stick culture impacts the great wonders of the world. Her way to do so was to place a naked yet body painted model against Wonders of the Modern world and camouflage them to blend in with the background.
Each photo is not just a wonder of body-painting art, but also has a say about modern culture. So for example the Petra piece has the model climbing the walls of historical place.
Here is how Trina describes the series:
In this series, “Lost in Wonder”, Merry travelled to the Modern Wonders of the World. Surrounded by the aged at the end of their lives climbing stairs with modified ski poles and honeymooners breezing past sites holding selfie sticks, Merry examines Western tourisms impact on memory making, bucket list dreams, and decaying architecture.
Merry included “wonder” as a part of her process to create these works. She and her model traveled to each site and took a historical tour of the site, often with a private guide. Merry then returned to the site to sit and observe the architecture, decay, energy of the people and effects of tourism on the sites. Finally Merry returned with her subject to create the work over a period of 1-3 hours onsite, creating and giving energy to the site
Here is a closer look at some of the makeup involved:
[Lost in Wonder | Trina Merry]