The title of this MetArt erotic photo series is the Greek word for “clarity.” I had this bit of information in mind when I sat down to examine the pictorial. And it didn’t take long for a bit of confusion to take hold. I suspect the word may have been used ironically, because the pictorial is filled with diffused lighting, soft focus, and detail-obscuring shadow.
The setting and subject are certainly pleasing. Isabella C., wearing only a necklace and a pleasantly skimpy white bikini, is on a sandy beach, a large, placid body of water is out of focus in the deep background. The model seems eager to please. But the Sun, apparently the only source of light, is not in a similarly cooperative mood. Hazy skies and scudding clouds create a certain unpredictability in the lighting, and the result is some unevenness in the exposures.
I also sense that photographer Peter Guzman is working with minimal gear here. The apparent lack of a reflector to fill in unexpected or unfortunate shadows takes its toll, and this can be noticed in shots where the sun is at its brightest, as well as when it is dimmed by a passing cloud.
Isabella C., cute, nubile, fun-loving, and uninhibited is not concerned, it seems, with the technical difficulties of shooting under these conditions. She strips, teases, and flirts with the camera throughout. Her enthusiasm results in some novel poses - in #047, she is happily contorting herself into an abstract human pretzel. And in #107 she arches into a high and graceful full back-bend.
When the light, composition, and pose are in synch, the result is a beautiful shot like #067, one of the finest in the collection. While it may be somewhat short on actual clarity, “Diavgia” does clearly possess some beautiful images.