A fairly well-known fine art photographer and curator recently did me the favor of reviewing my body of work. He pointed out some good things in my work, but his view of my work as a whole was that it's old fashioned. His opinion is that anonymous figure and form photography is a thing of the past that is no longer interesting to the art world. While there's certainly ample evidence to the contrary, he did give me an interesting perspective to consider. His suggestions for improving my work were to photograph figure and form in a way that also incorporates personality and sensuality.
The following week I shot a model who had incredibly beautiful form and produced some great classical figure and bodyscape work, but with whom I had a very difficult time keeping the personality and sensuality out. When I finished processing that session I sent my critic some of the shots (the ones you see here) and asked for just a bit more of his time to comment on them. His only response was "You understood. Now build on it."
And ultimately the important question isn't why or how, but whether I can produce images with similar feelings again. I'm really excited about these images and the prospect of exploring imagery at this volume of sensuality. I think I understood. Now I'll try to build on it.