February 14, 2015 6:02am I have seen this photograph in many places over the years. It is my most favorite photograph and has inspired me in my own work. I like the choice of B&W but I think color would work just as well. The pose is exquisite and the photo was taken at a great time of day...the lighting and shadow are excellent. The young man in the photo expresses both the innocence and the curiosity of youth in a world new to them. The model's gentle touch of the water shows caution maybe a bit of fear of the unknown. The nude also expresses the innocence of youth and a stripping away of all pretenses. It has a Greek classical style to it as well as a touch of Thomas Eakins style as well. Excellent work.
May 22, 2011 8:59am The VERY best photo on MM,and one of my all time favorite photos. Would love to have a print of this on my wall. It is serene and peaceful and so thought provoking. One can almost hear the morning birds singing in the trees. A masterpiece!