Everyone is clothed, formally so, and yet there’s more erotic charge in this picture than in all the crossed-arm ‘side-breast’ shots you’ll find on newsstands. What makes this picture work? Simple answer, narrative. This is a place, a real place. Books on the table behind them, a glass of wine in one woman’s hand. It’s a place with a story. Are we peeking in? A lover watching the beginning of a threesome? Or perhaps we’re peeping Toms, spying on a couple in a heated moment. Make a story, a dirty one to be sure.
An image that gets you thinking can get you going.