These photos are stunning!

In a new photo series, body painting artist Trina Merry paints nude models into the New York City skyline, carefully blending their body parts into the environment.

Even though the process takes several hours, it all boils down to a single moment when the photo is taken.

Merry conceived the idea for the photos series when a friend asked her what New York means to her.

She began in May and for her first photo, she positioned a model on the rocks alongside the waterfront with the World Trade Center visible in the background and spent the next few hours using water-based paint to blend her subject’s body into the background.

“I mark out where the model is standing. Then I mark where I’m going to be to take the final photo,” Merry said. “I run back and forth from my perspective point. It takes incredible concentration.”

After about two to five hours of painting, she settles on a final result.

“When I feel it’s near completion and the lighting is right, I take the photo,” she mentioned.

As of now, Merry has completed eight photos of models situated nearby popular landmarks around the city.

However, public body painting is not without complication.

“It’s kind of an uncontrolled process to step outside the studio,” Merry said. “Each painting has a story — from having to endure thunderstorms to cops stopping me.”

She said focusing as passersby interject and crowds look on is a challenge. Also,  one of the most difficult aspects of her work is responding to subtle changes in the environment.

“The biggest challenge is as clouds are moving across the sky and the sky changes from gray to blue to white,” she explained.

To purchase her images or view her artwork, visit her Facebook page or website.

Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry
Photo: Trina Merry

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