A solitary protagonist stands confidently in an orange grove. Her only garment is a coordinating orange scarf. She shifts the cloth to reveal her nakedness. The shred of modesty is apparently for the viewer’s sake rather than for her own. Contemporary erotic photography can be subtle, overt, or downright explicit. This example, is towards the subtle end, but far from modest. She is clearly unabashed in her nudity, but the extent of her exposure may not be immediately apparent to some viewers.
Her long, dark brown hair contrasts vividly with her pale skin. This continues the high level of contrast throughout the composition. The loose stitch of her ribbed knit scarf makes an apparent texture. The pattern is wrapped playfully around her head. Tassels accent each end of the cloth.
The narrative is a celebration of life’s abundance and flavor. It is harvest season and ripe oranges are falling from the trees. The colors are romantic and idealized. Despite the overall fairytale feeling, dying leaves and dried grass are visible. The narrative is clearly fictional, yet plausible. The colors are vivid, as in a dream, but the content isn’t pure fantasy. The message of contemporary erotic photography often depends on symbolism. The oranges are diminutive in size and the body type is a departure from the tropes of classic pinup girls.
Contemporary erotic photography
Art collectors of contemporary erotic photography may appreciate certain details. Tiny drops of orange juice are visible on her breast and torso. Her lips glisten with the liquid. Her toes disappear into the dried grass. Between her thighs, a small triangle of space reveals the greenery of the grove behind her.
She looks past, rather than at the viewer. He mind seems lost in tranquil thoughts. She appears aware of her beauty; of her potential to be admired. Her stance is spontaneous, yet serves to accentuate and display her natural physique.