While working on her latest series, Midnight, Los Angeles-based artist Reine Paradis caused rather a stir with her neighbors, by laying almost naked in the walkway of her building. “I wasn’t exposed but it was a bit provocative for them,” laughs Paradis over the phone. “So we had to stop. However, we got the image before we had to stop.”

That image, "The Garden," is just one fantastical snapshot of adventure from the Paradis universe. Her imagination is a creative sanctuary uncorrupted by outside influence, and usually free from anyone telling her what she can or cannot do. She doesn’t need a production crew and can’t afford one anyway. She doesn’t need permission to photograph, although that would be nice. It’s just a lot less stressful to work when you’re not worried about scandalized neighbors or the cops.

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