We drive into town around
10 pm. I'm fast asleep in the bed in back of the van. I'm so
tired tonight. I'm lying nude in this soft, rolling capsule. We
stop. Spencer tells me to look out the window. Outside I see
the fence around the site of the Oklahoma City
bombing. It is a chain link fence that is covered with the
memorials and remembrances that visitors have left behind:
flowers, t-shirts, notes, signs, toys, stuffed animals, dolls, a
bike... It is an amazingly big and empty space. It is a shock
to see this spot after so much media
This city is completely deserted this time of night. Spencer
drives slowly around the site about five times. It is so
unbelievable and very sad. We park not too far and Spencer
crawls in back to sleep too. The next morning we awaken and
drive around the city. It seems a little bit too difficult to find
models here so we decide to drive to Tulsa.
There are Pizza Huts and Subways in every town across
the United States. You can also get tattoos and body piercing
in every small town. Nipples pierced in Slaughterville,
Oklahoma. Why not? Tulsa is a calm, somewhat conservative
We found models on Cherry Street.
A couple of people looked at us a little warily and others
warmed up to the idea slowly. We did have one of our most
dramatically outrageous locations here: the giant praying hands
in front of the Oral Roberts University. God
told him to build a University.
Spencer is a little nervous about this shoot, but I'm getting pretty
relaxed about it all. I just believe whole-heartedly that we are
taking great pains so as not to offend anyone. If we really wanted
to confront the Religious Right- how easy that would be.
The 2 models that were scheduled
to pose at the "hands" were pre-law students and had looked up
what the penalty for indecent exposure would be for Oklahoma.
Turns out it is a felony punishable with 30 days to 10 years
prison term. They don't feel as comfortable posing with Oral's
hands anymore but luckily 8 more models showed up so we had options.
We all drive over to the "hands". Spencer decides to go in one of
the model's cars and leave the van so as to remain more
We parked in the lot and walked
over with the two models. There is a police car parked across the
street directing traffic so we are forced to shoot from behind.
We wait for the opportune moment-- no cars, no passerbyers, and
Spencer says "ok, quick, hurry". He shoots 6 frames and they're
back scrambling for clothes and tangling in pants and socks etc.
Great shoot, no problems. Next location!