This image and pose above is a homage to the work of E.J. Bellocq, who photographed in the Storyville district of New Orleans during the early twentieth century. It was my intention to produice an homage and not a slavish copy.
This shot was made in my 11×15-foot home studio. I placed a Smith Victor FLC300 monolight with 24×24-inch soft box at camera left. Fill was provided by another FLC300 with a 45-inch umbrella mounted and the light is located at camera right and placed at the back corner of my camera room. A Smith Victor 110i monolight with 24×24-inch softbox was used as a hair light. Background was a 10 x 24-foot muslin hung on a JTL background stand. Camera was a Canon EOS 5D and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f.14 and ISO 125. It was converted to monochrome using Alien Skin Software’s Exposure plug-in.