Mecuro B Cotto creates incredibly moody photographs. He plays with high contrast: little spots from the sun that cast mischievous glances at the shade of midday. And if it’s not this weather, the scene is gloomy, like a fall in rural England gloomy. His models are often casting their eyes down, in deep introspective moments of serenity. His models are also often wearing beautifully elegant and simple floor length dresses, evening gowns, or in either a state of half nude or fully nude.
What strikes me with these images, aside from what I’ve mentioned, is that the scenes rarely look contrived. They are always, it seems, on location. A quick glance of the images below show many scenes inside of homes or along natures tender edges. They are always the perfect balance of calm. Even amongst the rubble of an abandoned building there is serenity. I notice walls are bare, or there is blur in the foreground of the image adding to the calmness of the images. I also feel that this effect adds to the impression that in-spite the external calmness, there is much inner turmoil, at least in some of the images.
The biggest thing I take from Mecuro B Cotto’s work is that it’s not the clarity of the image that is the most important, it’s the mood of the image.
What do you think?