Sometimes a MetArt erotic photo series surprises me. That isn’t always the case, however. Occasionally, after viewing a handful of images - particularly of a familiar model - I can make a reasonable prediction about how the balance of the set will unfold. But “Risveglio,” thanks in large measure to its star, was filled with unexpected elements.
Of course, I’ve never seen a gallery featuring Bansari A before, so the model was unknown to me. So, as I looked at the introductory shots - #004 is a representative example - I thought this is a very pretty, innocent, sweet young girl. Between her delicate features, her bright smile, and her rather modest white dress, I concluded that this would be a demure, reserved performance. Imagine my surprise - and, yes, delight - when Bansari lifted the hem of that dress and eagerly and enthusiastically presented her delectable intimate anatomy to the camera only a handful of shots later.
This model can project sugary sweetness and youthful innocence in one photo, and then shift to smoldering, incendiary eroticism in the next. She can keep things under wraps and entice with the warmest of smiles, and then, mere moments later, she’s spread wide and offering herself without reservation. Further, some of the most brazenly sexual poses here are accompanied by a bright, genuine smile - Bansari A is obviously uninhibited, but the fact that she’s so clearly enjoying sharing herself with the viewer really adds impact and appeal to the pictorial.
Karl Sirmi has a fine grasp of Bansari’s gifts, both physical and emotional. He captures her youthful innocence - she was only 18 at the time “Risveglio” was shot - as well as her bold, in-your-face sexuality. The overall mood of the set is bright and cheerful, but Sirmi also presents the moody, reflective aspects of Bansari’s personality, which only enhances her considerable allure.
Selecting favorite images of this exotic and enticing beauty in these deftly posed and presented images is no easy task, so I’ll limit myself to just three highlights: #037, on her back, legs spread, revealing all. #041 for the moody expression and exquisite face. #067 for the artfully implied autoerotic ecstasy. #077, a brilliant tiptoe pose, pin-up style, that nubile body, and that irresistible smile.