I had the amazing good fortune to be profiled in Seattle Magazine this month (thanks, Brangien Davis!) and photographed out at my family’s cabin by Hayley Young. I’ve watched enough ANTM to know that modeling is “hard,” but OH MY GOD, MODELING IS SO HARD.
For our profile of writer/performer/activist Lindy West, photographer Hayley Young wanted to capture the idea of West as being under attack—but comfortable in the position. She imagined a woman at a witch-burning stake—decked to the nines and daring all comers. But finding a stake in 2013 Seattle isn’t easy. So Young and her assistant John Vicory picked up a 150-pound cedar log (and firewood) in Port Townsend and built their own pyre on West’s family’s property in Quilcene. They worked against the dying of the light to build their set, and had a 15-minute window of gorgeous sunset and views of Quilcene Bay to capture what we think is a pretty indelible image.
Anyway, here’s the finished photo, along with a few behind-the-scenes glamor shots. I have possibly never felt this pretty in my entire life? Maybe? Possibly?