I've always been fascinated by the idea of a beautiful woman naked in the snow, but I never knew why. And I never bothered to question it, until lately, when I've noticed a few sites and photos dedicated to this idea, and they made me think. And this is what I've realized:
The people who like this kind of photo truly admire female beauty. Beauty to them is much more than a sexual bauble, it's an important metaphysical symbol of freedom, power, life and earthly happiness. On the other hand, a blanket of snow represents all of society's restrictions on us - the laws, conventions, traditions and stupidities that rob us of our spontaneity, purpose, freedom, and happiness. These same laws and conventions keep beautiful women covered up and repressed.
How joyous to us then is the woman who is both brave and beautiful enough to undo society's conventions - to throw off its smothering layer of sleepy, cold, dreary repression - and be playfully naked, happy and beautiful right in the middle of it, not even noticing how cold it is. Such a woman as Olga, the daring lady in today's snowy gallery, shows us how free we all are in reality. She reminds us that the worst we expect to happen if we dare to be dfferent from others will not happen at all, that we will not drop dead or be sticken by lightning if we do the things we really want to. And her joy reminds us that we will be happy if we do.
Photos of girls in the snow can be beautiful - not because they push the model to her limit (we gave Olga danger pay), but because such cold, clean, clear symbolism - and what it symbolizes - is beautiful.