I remember passing through here once before. I lie in the
van and look out at a neighborhood here in St. Louis. The
buildings are sandy colored stone and there is a very large
art deco style building in the distance. The
neighborhood is old. There are cafes, restaurants,
and shops here. Some of the streets are private and looking
down I see large old beautiful homes beyond black iron gates.
The leaves are green, but beginning to turn, and the businesses
are decorated for Halloween. Spencer has been away quite awhile,
I imagine him asking people to pose.
For the first time, we are awakened by a forceful knock on
our window and a bright flashlight through the curtains. The
police. Someone called them because of a suspicious van. Spencer
jumps up, scrambles for his pants and
goes out to explain our prescence in this quiet University
neighborhood. After our explanation, "travelers... going to
every state... heading out in the morning," they are friendly
and apologize, but we still have to move.
The next morning we drive to
the arch. We have found 3 models. They both can do a backbend while standing. They arch back
into a perfect half circle. One of the models had so much nervous
energy from standing nude in very public downtown St. Louis. Her
boyfriend stood by silently. They had a chichuahua in the car.
Tiny Teacup. Spencer actually forgot to shoot the 3rd model.
As we were driving towards Ohio, he suddenly remembered and felt
bad. Ooops, what a strange mistake caused by the confusion and
adrenalin of public nudity. (You would think we'd be used to
it by now).