Rules, as you have doubtless heard, are made to be broken. That’s certainly true in the case of this MetArt erotic photo series. Several rules that I frequently employ while judging pictorials are broken during the course of “Paravan,” with quite entertaining and impressive results.
I’ve given photographer Erik Latika demerits in the past for his set design and choice of props. The model’s costume here, sheer thigh-high stockings, sheer black panties trimmed with a bit of coral colored net, and a pair of elbow length lace gloves in similar, but not matching, shade is curious, but here it works. The set is busy, as well. The central prop is an ornately carved wooden privacy screen, there are mirrored closet doors, what appears to be a tutu sits on a bed in the deep background, and the sharp, parallel lines of the hardwood flooring add additional visual complexity. To top things off, Latika freely indulges in off-angle tilts creating a woozy, eye-assaulting visual confusion. But, in this context, and with this model, the results are undeniably pleasing.
Ah, yes, the model. This is my first experience with Alisa G., and I’m impressed. Perhaps rising to the challenge presented by the slightly odd style of the set, she embraces it fully and delivers a rich and varied modeling performance. She’s playful, serious, experimental, thoughtful, flirtatious, and steamily sensuous. She even makes a shot like #096, certainly a quirky pose (one might call it a contortion), interesting and intriguing.
Alisa G. is gifted with a natural, easy allure. And even when she’s not trying hard she projects genuine sex appeal. In #028, for example, that subtle smile and the look in her eyes send an unmistakable message. When she just goes with the moment and expresses her amusement — as she does in #030 — one can’t help but share it.
This beautiful and versatile model and her creative photographer prove that breaking the rules can sometimes be extremely rewarding.