It was a few years ago when I first became interested in photography, and have since eagerly browsed through thousands of collections by hundreds of photographers. It didn't take long though before I realized I had a strong preference for two genres: landscape/nature photography and nude female photography. It's not exactly an original preference, after all these have been the two most popular art subjects for millennia. And for good reason, as they are easily the two most beautiful things mankind has ever encountered, and when I say mankind I'm referring to people with penises.
That said, no photographer I have yet encountered can bring these two beautiful things together as expertly as Stefan Soell, whose eye for great locations, natural lighting and mise en scène allows the whole to be far more than sum of its parts. When I first came across "Alpengluhn", I was blown away, not just by the beauty of the Femjoy models or the locations, but by how Soell can make his photographs tell a story, create a mood, and be innocent, tasteful and very erotic all at the same time.
Never did I think it could possibly be topped, but "Waldlust" is twice the collection "Alpengluhn" was. It's roughly the same size as "Alpengluhn"(unlike the disappointingly diminutive "Volcanic Girls") but it is both more thoughtfully put together and shows that Soell has become a bit more sophisticated in his style. The locations have a mysterious quality that the previous collections lack, and the roster of gorgeous women has increased. Furthermore, there are fewer pages with multiple shrunk down photos (seriously, why does anyone do this?) and instead there are more panorama spreads where every detail can be scrutinized without a magnifying glass.
And to all the red-blooded men out there (or other lovers of the nude female form) this collection features more of a focus on the posterior than "Alpengluhn" or "Volcanic Girls," and being a huge fan of the female buttocks I can't complain. Check out the two page spread of Ariel and Katie (I think it's Katie anyway) walking on the railroad tracks. By far my favorite photograph, both for aesthetic appreciation and *ahem* other reasons.
So if you love nature and naked women (and who doesn't?) pick this up. It's a good size and filled with scores of glossy, high-quality photos.