“Presenting” Berenice isn’t just a new model’s Metart debut, it’s also my first exposure to the work of photographer Artofdan. This artist with the somewhat unusual moniker isn’t a newcomer to nude art photography: after a brief bit of research I learned that he’s an accomplished veteran with an impressive portfolio in addition to his work for Metart. And, based on this set, it’s clear that he’s a gifted stylist and technician — I only hope that he doesn’t change his name to "Artofdanofmetart," that would be a bit much.
I was also intrigued to learn that, although this is Berenice’s first Metart photo series, it’s actually only the second time she’s posed nude, and the first time her nudes have been published anywhere. This bit of insight was provided by Berenice in her bio, which is far more elaborate and detailed than a typical model bio, and well worth reading. Berenice is a very appealing subject and projects a wide range of emotions. There are instances where her hands look the slightest bit stiff and “modelly,” but this is only her second outing and a bit more experience and practice will doubtless correct this trivial weakness.
Artofdan has chosen an exceptional setting for this gallery. Waterfalls flow down a hillside and across mossy rocks at the edge of a river that winds gently through a shady forest. The location is full of potential, and model and artist make the most of it. As the set begins Berenice is clad in a skimpy black micro-bikini. The big smile, big, beautiful blue eyes, and flowing brown hair make a fine impression in the very first shot, and the affable warmth of #001 is soon joined by a wide variety of moods and emotions. As expressive as her eyes are, it’s interesting to note that many of the most emotionally rich images here present Berenice with her eyes closed or looking away from the camera — see #024, #036, and #073. And do be sure to take a long look at #073, it’s a stylishly posed and framed composition with a delicate, painterly, and evocative beauty — a credit to both model and artist.
Berenice is completely at ease in what certainly might have been challenging circumstances. Whether she’s reclining on wet, mossy rocks, or partially submerged in the rushing water — see #075, #093, and #113 — she’s composed, relaxed, and in perfect harmony with her surroundings. “Presenting” Berenice is filled with excellent erotic photographs of a tempting and talented new model in an intriguing location. I’m thoroughly impressed and look forward to more from model and artist, alike.