Technical difficulty delayed our tent, but neither that nor the frigid temperature discouraged this team. Bobbi Queen conjured Bedouin tribes from the Saharan desert with a palette of rich bohemian neutrals and vivid pops of color. Then photographer Kyle Ericksen produced a selection of drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt illustrating young women in repose. She directed our model to mimic the artists' linear poses on plush blankets spread out on the sand.
Lyon was a trouper who, even with her layers upon layers and hand warmers stuck in every pocket, was no match for the weather. A crowd of bundled and bewildered onlookers assembled on the boardwalk, watching in awe as she braved the elements.
On the afternoon of the second day, Queen purloined a bread roll from the crew's lunch and, in hopes of luring a few seagulls into the shot, proceeded to toss the scraps towards the birds.
Soon the air was thick with swooping gulls. Other than a few nervous laughs, Lyon kept her cool and smiled calmly while the flock enveloped her.
As the daylight waned, we positioned Lyon against a 3-D cardboard palm tree -- a nod to the absurdity of the shoot. For our last photo of the day, the setting sun and orange and yellow-lit clouds cast a pink glow across the sand. Ericksen and Lyon, backlit by the sunset, ran off toward the pier, stirring up the seagulls resting on the sand. We were all happy to return to the warmth of the location van and head back to Manhattan.
-with contributions from Eaddy Kiernan