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Naked Ladies Riding the Paris Metro

Paris Metro authorities, the RATP, are conducting an inquiry to find out how photographer Jam Abelanet was able to take these arty shots of nekked babes posed in the Metro. Be photoshopped wouldn't it? Pretty cool though. NotSafeForWork. More here at Jam's site. The book is out this week. Title? Fantaisies Souterraines - Underground Fantasies. So my question is - if it has indeed been photoshopped - how did he do it? After hours? This shot particularly. The photographer reckons he took every shot in situ either early in the morning or late at night. With the exception of one shot. Ah hah.231239-1584123-thumbnail.jpg
Bonjour tout le monde

The photographer says he was only challenged once during his photo sessions, receiving a 25 euro fine for crossing a safety barrier without permission.

He added that all the models stripped off once they were inside the Metro. Well yeah...would have looked pretty funny if they'd walked through the turnstiles in the bollocky.

"The subway is a place that everyone knows by heart, but it is always represented in the same manner," he said.

"To go and seek ignored aesthetics and to immortalise women’s bodies in their natural state was interesting." Quite.

The RATP has asked the photographer to remove some of the photos from his book because they're worried that some bozos might try to copycat the dangerous positions. I love Paris, don't you?

This has, of course, been done before. Most notably by celebrated nudie snapper Helmut Newton

Oh yeah...now I can say as seen on BoingBoing. Leave a comment below if you have any idea how he did these. Baring in mind (pun intended) that he says he took all of them, except one, in situ - in the original place. I don't believe it.

From a story I found reading the free Metro newspaper on the Metro (in French).

BTW here's the latest Paris Metro ad here - I can't help but wonder whether Jam would have made a better one.

malkie.jpgMalcolm Lambe is an Australian brain surgeon based in Paris. He's currently writing "Do It Yourself Frontal Lobotomy" due out next Fall.

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What a pity. 15k visitors came through last night and I had the comments turned off.
May 21, 2008 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
Being the 15,001 visitor, I'd guess the artist accomplished this by; taking pictures during rush hour with all the extra citizens, then taking pictures again with his naked models after hours. Then Photoshoping the 2, for each shot.
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVolt
It seems easy enough to take these "in situ". The only awkward/dangerous one I saw was the one with the model halfway though the window. All the others look easy to set up. Why don't you believe it?
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternoah b
uhhhh..most of them are easy enough to get, early am late at night in empty stations and cars. The only two that would have been hard to get, where the girls are surrounded by passengers, look photoshopped to me. The lighting is a little off, the scale is (almost imperceptibly) weird, in the one where the girl is hanging from the window, I just don't think you'd be able to see her face that clearly.
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermotoko
Eheh, yes the next step consist in taking those photos in one shot and of course it should give ideas to followers.

But with today's everybody's camphones and blogs, artists provocations really needs to be more.. artistic than subversive. ;)
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterD.VDA
Gary Breckheimer does this without photoshop. He works quickly and often very early in the morning, from what I hear. You can Google him for more info.
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoseph Francis
They're not _ladies_.
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Marshall
Hello! People on the east cost and midwest of the US are just waking up and reading Boing Boing over coffee. So, am I number 15,006.

Doesn't it look like he just snapped them real quick? The people surrounding the model in the examples above have what I would imagine are somewhat typical facial reactions: either they are looking, and thinking, "What now?" Or they are not looking, with that typical, "Not getting involved" expression city dwellers use.
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
i suppose RATP stands for rage against the photographer?
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterblah
Double exposure! By exposing the same film twice, both images will show up. If you take a picture of the people on the train, leave the camera in the exact same spot then later take another with the girl, you get the above pictures.
May 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
What is the point of these photographs? If it's to shock or titillate, sorry, no cigar. Public nudity porn sites do a much better job of this, and there's no photoshop involved.

If it's supposed to be art, it falls fall short. While the compositions and lighting are adequate, there is nothing in these photos to make you sit back and say, "now that's a GREAT photograph!"

About the only thing worth discussing is "Is it live, or is it Photoshop?"

May 21, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermike sledge
@ mike sledge

Art is in the eye of the beholder. You say "there is nothing in these photos to make you sit back and say, "now that's a GREAT photograph!"

Oh yeah? You'd probably look at a Van Gogh or a Picasso and say the same. Moron.
May 21, 2008 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
I think this is just another clever way for a photographer to get pretty women to take thier clothes of. Well done to him!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChris
I suggest that the photos in the cars were staged with the help of multiple accomplices. They could have worked together to temporarily block the entrances, pose as other passengers (explaining why they seem not to take much notice of the nudes) & keep watch for authorities.
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEvil Jim
It's very easy to accomplish this at the right times of the day, or night, with a group of people to act as extras. Photoshop is unnecessary to produce the 'raw' images. It's only needed to touch them up. I really love this stuff; especially the casual interest of the female in 'Bonjour tout le monde...'. Fabulous!
May 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteractionbastard
i agree with every word of what mike sledge has to say.. so true.. if you have received even the most basic photography lessons i think you would agree.. i'm a MFA student and i'd have to say.. there is nothing special about those shots in my mind..

it's been done

May 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterchristian oland
Oh yeah...of course...we've all seen photos of naked girls hanging out of Metro carriage windows - see it every day. So passé.
May 22, 2008 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
In my opinion they are great photos. They provoked quite a lot of discussion here and certainly made me think when I saw them.

I think that people who indulge in negative criticism of other people's photos shoul be prepared to show some of their own. Usually the ones who are most critical have really crappy photos themselves.

May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Davies
And by the way, there's only 2 at the most which would need to be photoshopped - definitely the one with the crowded carriage maybe the one where she's hanging out the window - and thats done by layering two images.
May 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Davies
"They're not _ladies_." - That would, of course, be your opinion. No one has a monopoly on the definition of lady. Personally, I happen to love the photo set and would mind being seen together with any of these fine women.

We all see what we want to see. I choose to keep my outlook positive, so, I see "ladies." All in all, if you see "trash", you're simply seeing the content of your own mind reflected in the external world.
May 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNaumadd

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