“Ah, we could do a couple of sets with Katya on the beach”, I said when we’ve arrived at our apartment. Our rented apartment was just 3 minutes walk from the beach. The weather was still warm this time of the year but it could quickly become very cold when a wind was blowing from the sea. The swimming season was over and all beaches were empty. The sea was cold. Yet the trees and grass were as green as ever making it look warmer than it is. If we plan the shots right, we can make it look like summer.
We’ve just arrived to Barcelona from Stockholm to meet Katya Clover coming from Zurich. Our planes landed 1 hour away from each other and we shared a taxi. By the time we’ve checked-in it was already 10:30PM and we were seriously hungry. We went out in search for a quick dinner and ended up walking all the way to Arts Hotel. We landed at some nice fish restaurant in the harbor and were back to bed at midnight.
Next morning when we woke up we saw beautiful sun rays coming into our room. The sun was low and our floor-to-celling windows were filling the space with lots of light. Some of the light was blocked by window dividers and walls, casting beautiful shadows all over the place. We knew we only had limited time before the sun would disappear behind the building on our right. We thought we’d have around 2 hours of sunshine left in this room.
We quickly woke up Katya before our agreed time and told her to prepare. Katya saw the beauty of the light and was quick to get ready for the shot even skipping breakfast for the sake of art.
While Katya was getting ready, we had to think quickly how to utilize the room so that we can do several sets and they won’t all look the same. We had to rearrange the room as if it were a studio. The sun is our big lamp, and we had to think in terms of sets and stories rotating around that lamp. We had to think quickly as the sun was moving fast. How many stories can we tell in this room? How do we want to show Katya in relationship to the room and sun?
What you’ll see in this set might not look like an arranged setting but in fact every single shot was carefully composed – furniture was moved, camera lenses were changed, Katya was moved into a precise position in relationship to light and shadows.
We decided not to focus on Katya’s personality, as we usually do with our models, but to focus solely on the beauty of her body highlighted by the amazing sunlight. Without Katya’s spectacular body the shots wouldn’t be the same. This kind of direct sun light is brutal and honest and it requires a model with a great body to fairly reflect the beauty of this light.
If we’ve done our job well regarding the artistic composition of our shots, you should feel something more than a primitive sexual arousal at the sight of a nude female body. Hopefully you’ll feel a multitude of emotions and thoughts related to aesthetics, time, light, physics, anatomy, humanity, and philosophy.
See Katya’s full set here