I must admit the first view of this piece blew me away, in no small part due to the loveliness of the model. Focusing past that however this photo succeeds on many levels.
The combination of lighting, pose and scene work well to bring that immediate visual impact. Although nudes sitting sideways have been done many times I think this is an inspired variation of ther idea. The pose itself is unique enough for that. It suggests the model is in a moment of deep introspection, contemplating something of importance to her.
When I look at this, beyond the immediate impact, it makes me wonder just what she might be thinking. Could she be meditating or asleep? Both seem possible, it makes you want to get into her mindset at this moment. Is she at peace or in need of comfort? It's hard to tell and the fact that this image draws me into it that deeply is what gives it it's overall impact. That impact still blows me away!
This photo is phenomenal, I love everything about it. The shadows and lighting, the way the brick wall is more worn as the shadow thickens. But obviously the main beauty of this photo is apparent, melannc. Your pose is wonderful, it shows a blend of smooth curves and muscle. The profile view accentuates your beautifully perfect proportions. I have always loved red hair, and the way it is hanging in front just adds to the depth. You look so comfortable and relaxed. Felix Martin did a fabulous job of capturing this perfect moment.