Posted by HSG on May 27, 2005 at 02:58:03:
In Reply to: ''The body of dreams'' posted by Emily on May 27, 2005 at 00:25:22:
Lingerie is by far the most challenging apparel to model or present beautifully. Lingerie images can either succeed beyond anyone's dreams, or, more often, they can fail utterly, and descend into farce. And their success or failure depends on the successful alignment of so many variables--the model, the photographer, the setting, and of course, the lingerie itself--that it is better not to do them at all, than to do them badly. (Torrid wisely avoids showcasing lingerie on models--it could all-too-easily become inappropriate.)
Barbara presents a host of different moods and expressions in her lingerie work, but there is a directness about her shots, a way she has of engaging the viewer, that inspires a sense of awe. It is akin to the impact that Catherine Zeta-Jones makes on the red carpet--or, quite seriously, the sensation that one feels when one stands in the presence of the Venus de Medici. Artists have grappled with this question throughout history--how does one present beauty in a way that transcends merely base sensations? Barbara's image achieve precisely this effect, and it is her ability to do so that confirms her as the finest lingerie model, as well as the greatest swimwear model, the industry has ever seen.
Here is one more of Mrs. Brickner's Carnival bridal-lingerie images, and the link posted below shows you another. The linked photo is, quite possibly, the most gorgeous lingerie image ever created, showing Barbara in a Titian-inspired Venus pose that defies any attempt at written description. It is an utter masterpiece. But anyone who is not predisposed in favour of this genre of imagery is advised to give the link a pass.
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