New York Photo Review
Volume 2 Issue 41 November 22 to 28, 2011

Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Soho Photo Gallery
Central Booking Magazine

Fun with Masha
Sophie Delaporte
Nudes
Masha 7 by Sophie Delaporte. Source: souslesetoilesgallery.net
Sophie Delaporte, "Masha 7" 2010

Sophie Delaporte is a young French fashion photographer who has added a refreshing perspective to a well-traveled subject–the naked female body. Her “Nudes” are anything but. Sure, the model (“Masha”) wears nothing but a seductive look (sometimes), but the viewer’s attention is often diverted by the model’s spontaneity and grace. She interacts with brightly colored fabrics (actually couturier dresses) or a straight-backed chair and uses these props to enhance her pose or movement.

There are 31 images in “Nudes” with several that I found particularly compelling. My favorite is “Masha 3,” a 24 x 36 inch print that shows the model with her arms outstretched, apparently just having thrown a yellow dress into the air that was caught in an updraft from a fan. The model’s outstretched arms look like an extension of the dress she has just tossed away. It’s almost an anti-fashion statement. In “Masha 13,” the model holds up the orange dress that seems to mimic the shape of her figure. Or is that just my imagination? In “Masha 15,”the model’s face is covered but she swirls the fabric and frames her breasts. Delaporte clicked at the right moment. My least favorite images are probably those with the chair—they lack the spontaneity shown by the others.

Masha 15 by Sophie Delaporte. Source: souslesetoilesgallery.net
Sophie Delaporte, "Masha 15" 2010

Overall, “Nudes” is a series of playful adventures that don’t let fashion stand in the way of enjoyment.

Sophie Delaporte
Nudes


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