While I well remember Sophia E’s MetArt debut photo series, I had forgotten that it was also photographer Koenart’s first contribution to the site. In the time that’s passed since that impressive double-debut, the model has added 12 sets to her portfolio, and the artist has compiled a grand total of 108 galleries.
Koenart shot all of Sophia E’s MetArt pictorials, and he’s taken care to photograph her in a variety of settings with differing presentations. In “Veranta” he takes a natural approach to the design of the series that is particularly suited to the girl-next-door beauty of his subject.
In an image like #062, a headshot, the soft, natural light fully captures the pleasing details of Sophia’s face — notice how the right side of her face is softly defined and highlighted, while the left side is silhouetted against the dark backdrop of her hair. This photo is casual, almost a candid, and yet there’s a subtly controlled artistry evident, as well.
Sophia E has a somewhat subdued mood in much of the set that’s fully in keeping with Koenart’s style and art direction, and that makes several bursts of energy and enthusiasm — her warm smile in #111, for example — all the more notable.
Most of the set has Sophia framed in a doorway — she’s inside, he’s outside the room — but plentiful variety in terms of both poses and compositions is provided. And when the angle is reversed — shooting from inside to outside — the result is quite striking (see #091 and #092). Koenart mixes things up — he shoots from high angles (#059) as well as just off the floor (#068), and full-length figure studies are balanced by detailed, explicit close-ups. “Veranta” proves that a talented photographer needs nothing more than a beautiful subject and natural light to create artful images.