I am going to start with probably one of my all time favorite features, from the Winter 2007 issue, Nick Ash.
This shoot is in a lot of ways very near and dear to my heart because I myself am a closet conservationist. It is sad for me to see the impact of our "civilization" on the world ecology. From the poisoning of our air and water to the extinction and near extinction of so many species of animals. From the refuse that floats in the middle of the ocean like some island made from our garbage, to the receding glaciers which do more than most really understand to protect our environment that we need to live.
Nick Ash went up to Alaska and shot with models on some glaciers and came back with not only beautiful photos of models, but exquisite photos of nature. --Joel
Ice Cold Nudes On Alaskan Glaciers
For some time I have had a vision of shooting art nudes on glaciers. It seemed though to be a daunting task given the extreme elements that support the existence of glaciers and the obvious challenges that would need to be overcome. And given that, how would I make the nude blend into this frigid environment in a natural and aesthetic way? It is very important to me that the final image is striking and pleasing to myself and others.
Alaska is the most beautiful, extremely wild, unpopulated and unspoiled place. It is home to some 100,000 glaciers and much wildlife. It pains me to think of these beautiful glacial formations disappearing out of existence through global warming.