There is no need to talk about light and technique here. The photographer knows how to use his gear. I want to talk about the composition of this shot. It is the composition that grabbed my attention and made me want to share my opinion as a critique.
I would call this a bodyscape. What I love about this shot is the perspective. By shooting with a deep depth of field the photographer included the clouds in the shot. I think this was a wise and powerful choice because without middle ground objects, the model to my eye and mind appears as a resting giant. This feels more like a landscape than a portrait. I really like that.
The choice to use an infinity pool was a good one. It may confuse some viewers but so what. This is art, not an illustrative text. It is an image that captures my imagination. It is a beautiful model in a glorious pose.
I was initially not sold on the crop. Leaving out her legs seemed a loss. But then I realised, just like one cannot put all of a mountain range in a landscape, by leaving out her legs we are forced to focus on the top half of the model. Her arched pose isn't in any way sexual or provocative. I think that suits this image. The arch gives us more curves. More landscape.
I am glad the horizon line runs where it does. It makes the model feel like part of the environment rather than on top of it. If the line had been higher I don't think she would have felt as much a part of the sky.
Having the foreground ripples so close and no middle ground really works in this shot. It makes the model the environment, rather than just a model as part of an environment.
I urge you to look at this image as you would a landscape, and see if it alters your appreciation and perception.
I didn't look at the colour version of this shot. I think as a black and white landscape it is superb.
I keep coming back to this. I love this image so much I'll move overseas next year so there's no point buying the print just yet (I'm trying to travel lightly). But this will be the first thing hanging in my new apartment. Can't wait!