Stylish Italian photographer Elle Stew manages to combine the heights of sensuality with a striking impersonality.
She often frames shots to exclude the models’ faces…
… or else chooses poses where the faces are otherwise hidden:
So we get the impression of the camera eavesdropping on other lives that are unaware of its presence…
… giving especial power to the pictures that do feature eye contact,
as if the model has suddenly spotted an intruder – us!
Elle mainly shoots in monochrome, which gives her work a quality of calm stylishness,
and many of the shots are accompanied with philosophical captions in her native Italian.
So when she shoots a spanking, she doesn’t capture the dynamism of the moment or its human drama, but rather its sensuality and a paradoxical stillness.
Here’s one she shot in 2014, inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey:
The caption translates as: ‘He can take me, screw me, spank me, even love me… but possess me – well, that’s another story.’
And in 2015 she shot this follow-up picture:
If you are interested in Elle’s work, please visit her website.