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Daphne Guinness, David LaChapelle Collaborate on Photo Shoot at His House in Maui

>> Daphne Guinness spent some time last month being photographed by Steven Klein for an upcoming issue of Vogue Italia, but she also spent ten days out of July in Maui on a shoot with i-D and Vogue Italia photographer David LaChapelle.  She blogged today of the experience:

"We’ve been shooting for 10 days straight. Sometimes twenty hour shoots in a day, from the deepest jungle to the volcanic cliffs, moving sets and equipment constantly. Working directly with the elements, the downpours, changing height and distances and moving the equipment has all been a challenge. The results are completely remarkable."

So what's with the bathtub? » The set of the shoot was LaChapelle's home, reports the Wall Street Journal, an 18-acre former nudist colony on the Waianapanapa coast of Maui he discovered while directing a shoot for Motorola and purchased in 2006 for $1.5 million.  Daphne is shown above in an Italian marble bathtub he had installed outside among the foliage — more pictures of his property here.

LaChapelle left his homes in Los Angeles and New York for Maui because he was becoming burnt out and disillusioned, particularly with New York, which he thought “became Sex in the City and about how many shoes you had.”  His current estate is surrounded by a state park and boasts a 5,200 square foot, completely solar powered plantation-style house. A 30,000-gallon rain catcher barrel supplies water, goats provide milk and fertilizer, frogs were brought on to catch mosquitoes, and his pink camouflage Mercedes runs on vegetable oil.

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