The setting is lush and green, sunlight mixes with cool shadows, and in the background a meandering stream is occasionally visible. Birds are twittering in the high branches and a light breeze is gently ruffling the leaves. Movement, and then sound, catches your attention — you spin to look, and you see her. You freeze in your tracks. You’ve just stumbled into the lair of the forest fox, one of the most alluring creatures nature has to offer.
I hope you’ll forgive me the brief flight of fancy, but the MetArt erotic photo series titled “Glauben” invites and encourages these types of imaginings, and many others, as well. Violla A, totally nude and completely uninhibited, is the fox in question, and her voluptuous beauty and sprightly personality are almost overwhelmingly attractive in this setting. In much of the series she’s positioned on a gnarled, bent tree trunk that’s covered with twisted vines. And she looks completely at home and absolutely comfortable.
The fact that Violla A is so at ease in the rustic location can only have made the photographer’s job easier, and if the model is only half as high-spirited as she appears to be this session must have been a pleasure for Matiss. I do notice a couple of unnecessarily tilted images, and a few shots in which reflected light is perhaps a touch overdone, but the overall look and execution of the pictorial is quite pleasing.
As noted, Violla A is not inhibited, and that’s an understatement. But explicit anatomical detail is just one aspect of this pictorial. There are some simply wonderful headshots — quite a few, in fact, starting at #018 and including #019, #020, and #032, among others. And there are some pleasantly tame figure studies — includng #063, #067, and #081 — that have an almost rustic pin-up quality. Whether she’s thrusting her moist delights at the lens or just reclining thoughtfully on her forest perch, Violla A is utterly charming and powerfully alluring in “Glauben.”