I’m still generally not a fan of selective desaturation, for the same basic reason I mentioned a few years ago. But that’s one of the themes on the list, and I had a thought about that. Gretchen’s tattoo is actually an example I like, and so it seemed natural to ask her to pose for this one. My original thought was a simple figure study. If it came out well, I might even put it in my gallery of figure studies.

After a couple of test shots, it occurred to me that I still had some red rope, donated by Blush Novelties for The Diverse Sex-Positive Bodies Stock Photography Project (which is presently on hold, but is still a mouthful). We took a couple of shots to see how it would look.

Gretchen, 2020

I really liked how that one came out, as did Gretchen, so it’s this week’s entry in my 52-week challenge project.

Perhaps selective desaturation isn’t so bad after all.

This post is a part of another round of the 52-week challenge photography project. I’ll post the pieces on Tuesdays, and this is the shot for this week. Click the camera icon above to see the other pieces for this project, or just click here.

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