This is a beautiful photograph. That said, it’s hard to explain what makes an image beautiful. I have other photographs that I would describe as edgy or sensual or interesting or captivating. This one is beautiful. I like the simple diagonal lines, the contrasting colors (blue and yellow), the detail of the bubbles and the serenity of expression.
Beauty, of course, is a topic widely discussed by philosophers, anthropologists (various cultures define beauty differently) and artists. The rest of us know it when we see it.
Interesting to note: this was not shot under circumstances that would suggest serenity. The model is treading water, trying to strike a pose, manage that floating cloth, and keep breathing–the bubbles. Meanwhile, I’m trying to frame the picture, while the model and the water continually shift. At the same time I’m trying to manage to keep track of the light, my camera, my footing at the edge of the pool . . .
Nevertheless, it was a fun shoot. The model agreed that it was a nice way to spend a summer evening.
The photo prints large and is dramatic large. For decorating purposes, I think this one could go anyplace.