The raw and wild beauty of the natural world provides this series with a dynamic, changeable, and unpredictable backdrop. Vigorous gusts of wind whip through the trees and bend tall reeds until they’re at a pronounced diagonal angle. Unseen clouds scuttle across the sky. The scene is overcast and the light muted at one moment, then a ray of sunshine bursts through and the scenery is bathed in warmth. This might be a challenging situation for even the most experienced photographer. And it is most certainly a challenging situation for a model posing for her very first MetArt gallery.
I’m pleased to reveal, however, that both photographer Goncharov and his subject have risen to their respective challenges. But the beauty and splendor of nature isn’t confined to the location here. Merinda A. is blessed with some unusually eye-catching attributes of her own. One is the long, flowing, wind-whipped glory of her hair. I’m certain that some effort was expended before the shoot to brush and style that luxurious coif, but when the wind starts to blow Mother Nature is the stylist - this results in some beautiful and spontaneous images, of which #016 is just one. In that shot Merinda A. is fully clothed. When she’s totally nude the wind works considerable magic - I direct you to #074, one of the finest images in the gallery.
Merinda A. boasts a second natural attribute that is sure to draw plenty of attention. I won’t describe it explicitly, but I urge interested explorers to begin their search below the navel. Once you’re in the region it won’t be at all difficult to spot!
The series includes a blend of clothed, semi-clothed, and fully nude shots. They are mixed in at random, something that has distracted me in the past, but for whatever reason it works quite well here. The location changes somewhat - we appear to have moved to somewhat higher ground - at the end of the set. Here the sun is shining and the sky is a cloudless blue. The wind still blows, however, and in #103 Merinda’s hair is flying and her body is stunningly showcased.