Working with an extremely physical and athletic model is very liberating. Tracy is one of the best at posing her body. The hours and hours of training and practice for body building and figure competition also translate into beautiful posing in front of the camera. An athletic model can also create and hold physically challenging poses and make them look easy and natural.
With this image, I didn’t want to just photograph a model in a black dress. I wanted the subject to challenge the viewer…Pulling up her dress. An act that would, in most cases, be interpreted as submissive instead becomes assertive or aggressive. Through the powerful physical presence of the model, the direct and serious expression with eye contact, and the low camera angle, she is not giving in to anything. She is lifting her dress. But its all on her terms. The victorian idea that exposure is weakness is destroyed by the attitude of the subject.
This shot was made in the early afternoon with one hand held stobe as fill and minor Photoshop revision.