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Peeking into ‘a private Aspen’

Joel Stonington

Jennifer Stockman is pictured wearing a $17,800 jacket and Sanela Diana Jenkins is standing on the steps of a private jet wearing a $12,000 mink poncho. These are a few of the images from “The Other Side of the Mountain,” pictured in last week’s New York Times Magazine photo essay. Each image is at least a full page, with a minimum of a grand spent on clothes per person. “Models” reached by The Aspen Times for comment said pretty much the same thing: I was skeptical before the shoot and now I don’t want to talk about it. I wouldn’t mind if it just went away. Hence, no comment.”Beyond the celebrity sightings,” reads the subtitle on the article, “is a private Aspen outsiders rarely get to see. On these pages, a peek over the top.”The photos are extremely stylized with the Aspenites staring directly at the viewer. Most of them even highlight the posed nature, such as the one with Nancy Crown and Colleen Bell holding champagne glasses while standing outside at a table that is covered in snow and fully set with dinnerware.The article directly following the photo essay seems to answer for the unreal stylizations by interviewing each of those pictured about candy. “I’ve never felt like I was in a museum or a gallery or that there was anything in the house that was untouchable,” said David Nathanson, in the article, pictured wearing a $4,485 parka in front of the large stone fireplace of his parent’s house, which is adorned with artwork by Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Ed Ruscha. “There’s candy in every corner and we can walk around in our socks.”Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com