I’ve never seen any work by the MetArt contributor known as Cloud. The artist is a new arrival on the site and only has two sets, including “Kitrino,” in his (or her) portfolio as I write. But based on this set alone I think Cloud will prove to be a valuable addition to the MetArt talent pool.
Cloud exhibits a variety of technical and stylistic strengths in this pictorial. The location, a landscape of large, jagged boulders, is interesting in its own right and provides the model with a variety of platforms and backgrounds to work with. And the colors of the stones mesh pleasingly with the model’s outfit — a simple yellow dress, brown leather sandals, and several pieces of wooden jewelry. Cloud shoots from a distance as well as close up, and displays a knack for composition at any range. It is interesting, considering the artist’s name, that he (or she) has chosen to blow out and slightly overexpose the sky so that any clouds in the atmosphere are rendered invisible.
Interesting setting, plenty of visual style, what of the model? Zlatka A, also a newcomer to MetArt, works well with her surroundings. There isn’t a hint of discomfort visible and she seems perfectly at ease. I like the fact that, when she’s nude, she doesn’t bother with a towel or a cushion while seated on the rocks. Yes, she uses her dress as a seating surface, but it’s natural and spontaneous.
One thing I was struck by as I viewed the set, and then reviewed my notes afterward, was how many fully clothed shots made it to my favorites list. For example, #010, #012, #027, and #030, are all stylish, sexy images. They capture and convey Zlatka’s beauty, and they are beautiful photos in their own right. And when that yellow frock comes off we’re treated to many views of Zlatka’s appealing assets. In “Kitrino” photographer Cloud and his (or her) subject prove themselves to be a skilled team. I look forward to seeing more work from both of them, either together or apart.