Friday, May 6, 2016
It's terribly trite, this posing of a nude model in an upright fetal position, fore body and genitals covered, the photographer blatantly and obviously manipulating the viewer into seeing the model as emotionally vulnerable.
It rarely works, and yet I think it does here. That's because of the "interior" lighting we get here, where the inside of the thighs and some of the pecotrals are visible and lit up. It works because of the model's incredibly broad shoulders, the way his lats seem to wrap around his body, the way the back is over-lit.