This series is photographer Sebastian Michael's second contribution to MetArt, and the first I've had the privilege of examining. It also marks the arrival of a new model, Belgium-born Brionie W. On top of all that, this set distinguishes itself by the naturalistic, understated, almost documentary quality of the photography, and by the pensive, thoughtful mood expressed throughout by the model.
The spoken instruction "smile!" has preceded untold millions of photographs, but Brionie is having none of it. In what might well be her bedroom, clad only in a bath towel, her face is impassive, her mood reflective, as if lost in thought. The look, her mood, is altogether involving. I'd go so far as to say it's fascinating. What is she thinking of? A lover? Some far away land? One is tempted to offer a penny for her thoughts, but I doubt she'd share her inner secrets for so small an amount.
The second half of the series finds Brionie outside. Here there is more "modeling," but still the quiet mood. And then - only in shots #0127 and #0130 - a smile. Definitely worth waiting for. As will be Brionie's next appearance here. I hope she doesn't make us wait too long.