In her debut MetArt gallery Orvelia O is totally nude from start to finish. To her credit, she seems quite at ease in this completely exposed state. And she isn’t at all reluctant to present her most intimate attributes in a selection of revealing close-ups.
Without a costume to strip out of, variety must necessarily be achieved through a diverse selection of poses, the photographer’s choices in terms of composition, and the model’s position in and around the set. As it happens, this is a key to this particular series.
In the first shot, which I quite like, Orvelia is leaning against a stylized column of wood and metal, a bed and a softly glowing lamp occupy the background. Later, in wider shots, we see that the column marks the junction of two sliding panels that can be shut to enclose the bedroom. This may seem like a needlessly detailed description, but it is important.
The first portion of Arkisi‘s pictorial takes place outside the bedroom. While there are flattering, pleasing images among this group — #032, for example, in which Orvelia spreads out on the dark wood floor — the indirect light here isn’t exceptionally flattering. It’s a subtle defect, some might not consider it a defect at all, but when the model moves into the bedroom — either on the bed itself, or on the floor next to it — the lighting is without question far more flattering to Orvelia’s coloring.
I noticed this dramatic shift when I got to #075, and the set gains strength from there until its conclusion. “Nice light” is a term that recurs repeatedly in my notes. #087 is one lovely example (a dreamy and inviting rear view). #095 is a nicely lit headshot. In #118 Orvelia O moves closer to the table lamp which brings out the color of her hair and the beautiful details of her face. #100 is another charmer, as is #119, an expressive and unique headshot. When the light is right this debut delights.