It’s purely coincidental — yet perfectly appropriate — that the subject of my first post of the new year is a new model. “Presenting” is Ira J’s first appearance in a Metart erotic photo series, and the newcomer was shot by a veteran artist, Natasha Schon. I’ve only critiqued three of Ms. Schon’s galleries, and the most recent one was over two years ago, so here I have a chance to become acquainted with a new model and reacquaint myself with a photographer.
I’m immediately reminded of Natasha Schon’s style when I begin looking at this collection. It’s a very distinct, highly stylized, and immediately recognizable visual language that gives Schon’s work a unique stamp. The dim lighting, the richly furnished set, the moody atmosphere, and a painterly approach to composition are Natasha Schon signatures and they’re all present here.
Schon not only has a distinctive and recognizable style, she also has a specific way of presenting her models. Real effort is spent in capturing the emotional essence of the model, and that’s very much the case here. When the set begins Ira J is wearing a denim vest, a headband, and a pair of ripped, low-rise jeans — she’s got a bit of an edge and more than a little punky-hippie flavor. No bubbly nubile, Ira J is moody, introspective, and extremely intriguing — the type of girl who might be hard to get close to, but who would reward those who took the time and expended the effort.
But as her clothes come off, and her hair comes down, she blossoms. When she discards the boyish denim she reveals a distinctly womanly form. And Schon captures that beautiful shape in some truly exceptional images – have a look at #110 and #111 and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Some of the poses may be a bit too posey. Some of the compositions a bit too stylized for some tastes. And there isn’t a single explicit shot in the series, which is a disappointment. But there is no question that “Presenting” is an involving and enjoyable work of erotic photographic artistry. And there’s also no question that Ira J is a model I look forward to seeing much more of, and I mean that in both senses of the phrase!