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The Great Exhibitionist

The Crystal Palace was built for the Great Exhibition in 1851. It burnt to the ground in 1936 leaving only its stone foundations as a haunting reminder of the once grand structure. It’s beautiful in all light and all weather, but just after sunrise, before the dog walkers and runners make the park their own, the archways are especially peaceful.
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This photo was brought to you by my friend Behind the Camera and a very trusty assistant who was on watch out duty. Thank you! I will blog about the making of this Sinful Sunday in the week. And there may be more photos to follow…
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44 Comments

  1. mariasibylla

    Oh, this is breathtaking! I love the stark swaths of color (blue, green, gold, pink) and the absolutely perfect composition. Truly gorgeous. You are an angel or a nymph standing in your grotto. I love it!

  2. understandingflutterby

    This is a stunning image, I’m totally in love with it. The beauty of the architecture, soft body against hard stone…the perspective….all goes to make a gorgeous visual treat 🙂
    xx

  3. Oleander Plume

    Delightfully fun and daring! You naughty girl, I adore you!

  4. kinkybikermom

    oh you are so very brave what a lovely image!

  5. F Dot Leonora

    you are the great exhibitionist, and you look terribly regal here…

    • Exposing40

      Hahahaha. Now, lovely lady, you’ve met me, you know I am *far* too clumsy to be described as regal…but I do like the idea!! ? xx

      • F Dot Leonora

        i’ve met you and i know that that is the truth! xxx

        • Exposing40

          The clumsy or the regal?! ?

          • F Dot Leonora

            regal!:P

          • Exposing40

            I need to come back to set the record straight!! 😉

          • F Dot Leonora

            well you need to come back…period!;)

  6. MarQe

    Beautifully framed image & so well posed! Well done! MarQe

  7. Eugene Noale

    Classic peaceful form and a wall. Wonderful!

  8. silverdomuk

    I do not remember the beauty of this view from my last visit there – and I WOULD remember. 🙂

  9. HappyComeLucky

    Brilliant composition and I am going to think of you and grin every time I am up there. Everything about this picture is stunning.

    • Exposing40

      Thanks lovely. Won’t drag you there today…bit cold up here today to whip it all off in the park! 🙂 xx

  10. Modesty Ablaze (@ablazingmodesty)

    Such a beautiful photograph . . . and a wonderful location . . . and you make it all the more stunning!!!
    Xxx – K

  11. theotherlivvy

    What an amazing place, and you look beautiful. Such a great photo! Xxx

    • Exposing40

      You never been to this park? Come visit one day!

  12. Kilted Wookie (@Kilted_Wookie)

    The perfect addition to a wonderful landscape.
    KW

  13. The Shingle Beach

    This is rather lovely. So peaceful and classical and apparently pure…

  14. cammiesonthefloor

    Absolutely gorgeous and ridiculously brave. I love how you appear to be a beautiful statue in the archway.

  15. KaziG

    Ooo… now that’s a beautiful notch for the Scavenger Hunt and a fine sight for the morning! 🙂
    ~Kazi xxx

  16. Molly

    I agree with Kazi girl I think this is definitely a Scavenger Hunt notch. Historical building is on the list if my memory serves me well and lucky you having ‘helpers’. I do virtually all mine alone but that does mean that some locations are just out, although if I ask nicely M will quite happily come along and be the look out.
    Mollyxxx

    • Exposing40

      I was very happy for the look out and for the photographer! I could have flown solo with a decent tripod, but I want this to be a collaborative effort with friends I am hoping more and more become a team effort! Xxx

  17. sweetwomandirtymind

    Gorgeous image & I love your daring!

  18. Tabitha Rayne

    Really lovely – and so clever x x the light is wonderful!

    • Exposing40

      Thank you! I tried to comment on yours but do some reason 9 times out of 10 my comments on your site never appear. Anyway, I said ‘please can you post every week as your images are always amazing’, or words to that effect! Xx

  19. Marie Rebelle

    That looks like a glorious location to make photos. Especially nude ones! I think you are so brave to be entirely naked. Just imagine if someone stumbled across you. In settings like these I am only brave enough to show some flesh, not all of it 😉
    Rebel xox

    • Exposing40

      I had an eagle-eyed look out woman!! 🙂

  20. Velvet Rose

    This is beautiful and reminds me of a Rubens painting with the lovely setting. Love love love it!!
    Velvet x

  21. SexyLittleIdeas.com

    hahaa that’s great, i always feel like streaking when i visit historical sites.

  22. beck03

    What a great location and great photo.

  23. Great Love Toys (@GreatLoveToys)

    How fabulous, you match the scenery so perfectly.

  24. sub-Bee

    Oh this would be a fantastic scavenger hunt, although it’s incredibly addictive!
    Beautiful image in a beautiful location *adds to the ever growing list of places to visit!

    • Exposing40

      Well it’s only about 5 miles between here and the cemetery I mentioned on Twitter so you can have a cool day trip! Xx

  25. mcpervy

    That’s such an awesome place to get naked and take as picture. Very cool

  26. 39goingon40

    The black and white one is my favourite: fabulous model, stunning composition, striking directional lighting: Helmut Newton eat your heart out!

  27. Jack (and Jill) (@jackandjillcpl)

    Beautiful grounds for sure, but in this shot they’re second to your loveliness.

  28. Sweetendirty

    Absolutely gorgeous picture,

  29. Curvaceous Dee

    I really loved this picture – it’s simply stunning! I wondered if you’d be interested in having it added to the Scavenger Hunt, and having you join us?
    xx Dee

    • Exposing40

      A few people the Scavenger Hunt in the comments and I didn’t know what they meant. Will follow the link now and find out more! Xx

  30. Life of Elliott...

    Wonderful! I’m so glad I saw this.

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