Say what you will about craft, technique, and the photographer’s art. In my position as Metart‘s in-house blogger I’ve said much on those topics and will say more in the future. And one can rant and rave about a model’s beauty, charm, talents, and skill — we all do it, whether in the comments, in conversation, or in our minds, and I do it on this blog. But there are times when the artist’s ability and the model’s beauty take a back seat to a third factor. Let me be clear: Vlad Kleverov is a talented artist, and Mango A is a beautiful, adorable, and entirely beguiling young woman. But in “Ydenar” the breathtaking location is the outstanding ingredient in an entirely enjoyable and entertaining Metart erotic photo series.
The location is spectacular. The sky is vivid blue, the sun is high, and Mango A is posing in the crystal clear waters of some unidentified tropical sea. The white sand beneath the shallow water hosts an assortment of large starfish in varied shades of red. A school of small, silvery fish swim cautiously nearby. A sailboat at anchor bobs gently on the dark blue water in the background. And for every sun-kissed moment, in every pose, submerged, standing, clothed or nude, or somewhere in between, Mango A is loving the experience, loving the camera, loving the warmth of the sun, the cool water, the sheer beauty of the setting. If you spend your days cooped up in a cubicle, toiling in a warehouse or factory, or taking notes during yet another lecture, “Ydenar” provides an instant vacation escape to a beautiful time and place, with a delectable and delightful traveling companion.
While it is, quite literally, a “day at the beach,” shooting “Ydenar” was no picnic for the artist. The shifting light, the reflections off the sand and water — even a passing cabin cruiser filled with gawking tourists — each present considerable challenges, but Kleverov skillfully avoids these pitfalls and even in the demanding conditions produces image after image filled with perfectly exposed, richly colored views of perfection.
Apart from a fine gold chain that starts as a necklace and wraps around her waist, and a pair of earrings, Mango A is only wearing a white bodysuit. “Fully dressed” shots like #016, with Mango on her back, partially submerged, fish circling, and starfish at her feet, are “suitable for framing.” But then so is #079, a back shot, white fabric encircling her hips, blue water transitioning seamlessly to blue sky on the horizon. Yes we get enticing close-ups of Mango’s mouthwatering, sea-water-slick intimate anatomy. And, in a set that includes 156 images, we get pose after pose and view after view of this bronzed goddess in a heavenly setting. “Ydenar” offers postcards from paradise, and plenty of them.