On the banks of a North Carolina river, this depiction of feminine sexuality is sophisticated and anything but restrained. A flagrant display of uninhibited summertime heat and impulse, “Summer Fling” is a tribute to rewarding relationships and indulgences that endure in our memories.
It was the end of a wonderful summer and the sun was getting lower in the afternoon sky. The stream water and breeze in the cool shade caused her to shiver and she laid on the warm rocks to soak up the sun’s glow before the opportunity was gone.
Despite its direct message, the image has more subtle aspects: the light reflected off the rocks in the shadows of the face and torso; the points of light in the dark water; and tiny bits of detail that punctuate each texture.
The departure from traditional photography is small but distinct. Tones of browns and blues punctuate the gradients. Unsharp details at the periphery alter our perception of depth, giving the composition a fairy-tale quality.