Amongst your many wonderful photos of Joseph Simons, this one stood out to me. Many of the other photos in the series showcase his musculature and serve as an undeniable confirmation of not only his masculinity, but also of the masculinity inherent in dance and movement and sensuality. In this photo, however, my focus was drawn not to the breadth of the shoulders and the forearms, which are still distinctly masculine, but to the softness of everything else in the image- the way the lighting highlights the curves of the back and the lips, the shy, slightly teasing glance over the shoulder, the hands clasping a single rose. I like that there is colour in this photo as well- it works well to differentiate the model from the background. The pose really evoked a feeling of old-time courtship, and the crucifix hidden beneath the rose, barely visible at first, really emphasized that feeling of gentle sensuality mixing with propriety and expectation. And I like that in contrast to that entire image of softness and perhaps complacency, there is a trace of defiance in the facial expression. As always, a beautiful capture with a beautiful subject.