Wednesday 18 October 2017

Model Jenny Lee Masterson says the 'best work' she's ever done is posing nude in the countryside

Irish fashion model Jenny-Lee Masterson
Irish fashion model Jenny-Lee Masterson
Jenny-Lee Masterson
Irish fashion model Jenny-Lee Masterson who posed nude for photographer Eamonn Farrells art project 'Elements of Nature"
Jenny-Lee Masterson
Jenny-Lee Masterson
Model Jenny-Lee Masterson
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Model Jenny Lee Masterson has said the highlight of her career was gallivating around the Irish countryside without any clothes on.

Jenny, from Baldoyle, stripped off and posed nude for photographer Eamonn Farrell's latest exhibition, Elements of Nature, which can be seen at Temple Bar's Filmbase.

The collection shows a host of naked models sprawled across granite rocks and craggy peaks around the country.

“I'm really proud of the pictures, I think they're very raw,” 29-year-old Jenny told the Herald.

“It was the first time I’d ever done a completely nude photo shoot. I didn't find it too intimidating because you were surrounded by nature.

“There were no clothes, no make-up, no time getting your hair done. It was just you on your own in the countryside. It was the best work I've ever done.

“It's not often you get to travel to those different parts of the country and explore them completely naked.”

Lying on cold slabs of rock in the rain and drizzle may be an unappealing prospect for most women, but Jenny said she is well used to the Irish elements.

“I've been modelling for a while so I'm used to standing in the freezing cold!

“And it was about the photos and the art – I wasn't really thinking  about the drizzle and weather.

“I had to get the wellies out a good few times, and there were sheep running around the place when we were taking the photos, but I'm really glad to have been part of this exhibition. I think the images are so striking.”

Artist Eamonn said he was keen to depict the fragility of human life when compared to the brute force of nature.

“I wanted to show when everything is taken away from us,” he said, “and we're stripped down –that as humans, we are not as powerful as we like to think.

“That's really what I wanted to emphasise throughout this collection of photos.”

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