“She had just finished Million Dollar Baby and I wanted to do something simple on her that was iconic. I had worked with her a bunch of times before. I wanted to convey the strength of [her] body. I thought the best way to do it would be to not do the prototypical image; I wanted a bathing suit, but I didn’t want to make it sexy for the sake of sexy. One thing I try to do with women is I don’t objectify them; I don’t try and project any sort of sexuality into them. I usually try and let whatever strength, intelligence, and vulnerability come into their own and bring it to the forefront. “
I shot this for British GQ; that was just one of many different setups. We did a cover setup on white [backdrop] and then we did this almost, I’m flattering myself… but a renaissance painterly idea of [Keith].