“Charm” is a particularly apt title for this MetArt gallery. The model certainly exudes her own unique and irresistible brand of charm. And the photographs are designed and executed in a way that is also stylish and charming.
Simple art direction and lighting, two Alex Sironi signatures, are on display here. Costumes and props are minimal, and a white bed is the only furniture. Here he’s created an interesting effect. While I believe the room is white, through some lighting or technical device the background takes on a subtle, light yellow, tint — #068 is an excellent example of this effect. This bit of warmth in the background gives a gentle boost to the female heat in the foreground. And, while the lighting is soft and natural, Sironi adds just a kiss of key light to emphasize the gloss of a luscious lip or a golden hank of hair (see #011 for an example of the latter).
MetArt Top Model Barbara D. has vast reserves of nubile charm, and she dispenses it freely here. But she’s never overbearing, never pushy, never trying too hard. In fact she has a bedroomy expression in many of these images — see 100 and 101, for example — that is relaxed and, well, effortlessly charming.
In the right pose and the right light, Barbara D. can deliver real bombshell glamour — she does exactly that in #025, a stunning figure study. But, overall, her greatest charm is her youthful, natural beauty. It’s hard not to be charmed by an image like #035, in which she smiles softly and spontaneously. And her explicit poses — #057 is a sizzler — are no less effective.
To state the obvious, I was completely charmed by “Charm.”