Well, in the case of this MetArt erotic photo series — the third I’ve reviewed of this particular model it’s a bit of a mixture. I was quite pleased by her debut. And the second set I evaluated also earned high marks. But “Fekunta” is a bit frustrating.
The set opens strong, and both Nikia A and photographer Rylsky can share the credit. The six introductory images in the collection present the model outdoors, in street clothes, in muted, natural light. Some have a candid quality, others are more self-consciously posed, but all qualify as pretty pictures of a pretty girl.
We then move indoors after a costume change and a session with the stylist. The dress is cute, the décor of this particular interior is interesting, but there is something about the quality of the photos that is unsettling. Part of it may, indeed, be cosmetic — the color and style of Nikia’s hair and make-up is different and less natural than the introductory shots (as well as the two previous sets I’ve mentioned).
Although my experience with and knowledge of image editing software is extremely limited, I suspect that is what is bothering me here. Some of these shots (074 and 082, to cite a pair of examples) have an almost airbrushed quality — or perhaps too much of an airbrushed quality to suit my tastes.
To be clear, I don’t object to image editing technology. I consider it simply another tool at the artist’s disposal. Lenses, filters, lights, are all tools — it’s how they’re utilized and the results they create that I’m concerned with.
So, quite a few of these images have an unnatural look. And a certain stiffness in some of the poses and a similarity in the facial expressions might also be considered weaknesses. “Fekunta” does have its moments, to be sure, and admirers of the model will find much to enjoy. Several teasing up-skirt shots are nice (016, 035, and 043). Nikia’s body is beautifully presented in 022 with her dress pulled up around her breasts. And for in-your-face explicit impact, 062 packs a considerable punch.