After spending 7 hours photographing herself in the nude with a school of jellyfish off the western Pacific island country of Palau, model and photographer Amber Arbucci emerged with several “slow-burning” stings, and an iconic series of images now featured in collaboration with BILLBOARD4, a charity devoted to the curation of large-scale public art installations around the country. One image, entitled “The Silent Medusa” is showcased on a 100-foot billboard on the corner of 4th Avenue and 10th Street in Manhattan’s East Village, and is available for sale on Billboard4’s website. All proceeds will go to the Waterkeeper Alliance, a charity founded by Robert Kennedy Jr. who protect rivers, streams and coastlines across the globe.

Amber Arbucci's 'The Silent Medusa'

Amber Arbucci’s ‘The Silent Medusa’

“I got stung,” Ms. Arbucci said to the Wall Street Journal of her experience shooting the series at Jellyfish . “I was by myself, no assistance whatsoever for even hours in the water. I was so stung my eyes were swollen and I could barely walk.”

Amber Arbucci's 'The Silent Medusa' on 4th Avenue Getty Images

Amber Arbucci’s ‘The Silent Medusa’ on 4th Avenue Getty Images

Arbucci, who has worked with Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Albert Watson, and Sante D’Orazio makes a habit of embedding herself in sometimes dangerous surroundings with a camera to get the image she wants. “Ever since I have been a child I have had these wild dreams of being among the most dangerous creatures in complete peace,” She said. “I still have these dreams, only now I live them. Photography is what keeps me connected to what is true, real and most important within myself.” The entire series is entitled “The Girl At Jellyfish Lake,” and is on display at 65 4th Avenue until June 2.

To connect with Amber Arbucci head over to www.amberarbucciphotography.com or to learn more about the Waterkeeper Alliance, go to waterkeeper.org

To buy a copy of “The Silent Medusa,” head over to www.billboard4.org

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