There is a curious thread running through this series. It isn’t unpleasant, in fact it can be rather amusing. There are times when I sense that model and photographer may be sharing a private joke. I find it entertaining and enjoyable, but it isn’t something one often finds in the MetArt archives.
Julia AB is eye-catching, not least for her extremely long, flowing hair. And she’s got a trim, nubile body that is a pleasure to view. But what stands out most in “Corsean” is her lighthearted, playful spirit. And this is more than a smile or a twinkle in her eyes. There are, indeed, images in this set where she is somewhere beyond playful, and getting pretty close to silly. I have appended the note “odd expression” to several shots – #0002, 0003, 0041, 0056, and 0060. Have a look for yourself and see if they don’t put a smile on your face. And for #0038 I’ve written: “She must really like that pillow!” Yes, it’s silly, but I like it – the photo, I mean.
This is only the second set by Elena Ray that I’ve viewed. The first set was polished and formal — in this series she employs a casual, informal style. This doesn’t appear to be a carefully designed, styled, or executed pictorial. We have a chair, an elaborate floral wall hanging, a couple of items of wardrobe, a curtain (which easily converts to a floor covering), and that loveable pillow. I can almost hear the photographer asking the model, excitedly and gleefully: “Hey, Julia, wouldn’t it be fun to shoot some naked pictures?!?”
While the humor and playfulness of “Corsean” is plentiful, so is beauty and sex appeal. Even clothed and in an unusual stance, as she is in #0024, Julia’s beautiful face and body come across loud and clear. And her sultry expression and suggestive pose in #0075 are nothing if not inviting.