We looked at each other and had the same thought. Let's start with some portraits. This must have been one of the first shots taken and it is one of the best. We were both relaxed and I looked deep into the lens. I really wanted Mecaella to feel my presence, to know that I was giving all of myself to this shoot. She has, in turn, captured beautifully the contrasting colours - the grey of my T shirt, the pale blue sky, the darker blue of the sea, the differing browns of the beach, the pebbles lit by the sun, the creamy palour of my skin, even the green of my eyes.
The shapes of the boulders looked inviting and I removed my clothes and sat amongst them uneasily. The camera has caught my feeling of awkwardness or maybe it is a vulnerability? Whatever the suggestion, the actuality of the light and shade and the angles of the shadows, my naked limbs and the rocks serve to create a mix of emotions. We were getting closer to the eroticism of shapes and textures that we had talked about in recent days.
Then, I lay on the most inviting rock facedown to produce the shot below.
We walked to the edge of the sea first ooching and ouching across the pebbles and then luxuriating on the hard surface of the sand which gave way under our feet as the waves edged towards the shore. By this time, I was frozen even though the sun was higher in the sky. The water felt almost tepid as I dowsed Mecaella's white sheet in the sea and then at her request held it up so that it pressed against the outline of my body. I couldn't have felt less erotic if I had tried.
So, did we examine SEA - Sexuality, Eroticism and Attractiveness? Possibly. But all good photographers adapt to the situation and Mecaella Vasconcelos is good. She is very good.
I doubt that we shall work together again. There are no plans to do so. We achieved so much that morning. No, there are no plans to do so.......
“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
- from "Beautiful Boy by John Lennon.