Mary C ‘Volico’ by Leonardo
She is new to me and has a cheerful adorable face. Perhaps the fact that she is fairly new to modeling her posing is not as fluid as other models but I’m quite sure this will change in her following sets.
Another good erotic set here all in all. The set design is bright and colorful, Leonardo‘s photography was direct and free of gimmickry, Mary C’s beauty was obvious, and her energy and spirit was quite engaging. In short, I fully expected to enjoy the pictorial and consequently write a glowing evaluation.
But, as I worked my way through “Volico,” several flaws made themselves apparent, two I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, and one that I may have never had occasion to mention.
Mary C has a type of accessible beauty that is easy to appreciate. She has the ability to project a wide range of moods — she does give us a hint of that here. But only a hint. Mary has a habit of holding her face in the same cheerful semi-smile from shot to shot, pose to pose. Additionally, she has some difficulty relaxing her hands that compromises many of her poses (see #031, for one example) and gives them a stiff, unnatural quality.
Both those problems I’ve experienced with other models. But, as I thought about it, I realized that they might be part of a larger problem. And I think it comes down to motivation and purpose. Actors address the issue regularly — “What’s my motivation?” — to give their performances realism. And what is the purpose of this performance?
“Volico,” like all MetArt pictorials, is an erotic photo set. “Erotic: of, relating to, or tending to arouse sexual desire or excitement.” Her purpose here, her motivation, is, on a fundamental level, to arouse sexual desire. And in many of these images, even the most explicit ones, I feel that Mary isn’t quite clear on this point. She poses earnestly, she’s fully engaged, and she isn’t uninhibited physically. I’ll cite just one example. In #088 she couldn’t be more completely exposed. But what is that beautiful face expressing? I couldn’t even venture a guess.
I have never seen any of her other sets, so I will give her the benefit of a doubt. And there are some absolutely beautiful images here — in #132 I love the innocent (and different!) expression; #136 captures the slender perfection of her body (again with a slightly different facial look); and #137, a torso and headshot, has a spontaneity that’s (sadly) missing from much of the series. A girl this beautiful is certainly capable of arousing considerable amounts of sexual desire or excitement. If she gives her motivation and purpose some careful thought, future sets will realize her full potential.
Of course, as always, I could be completely wrong! Please feel free to share your opinions, below.
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