Swimwear pictorials normally follow a recipe. One part photographer, one part model, one part waterside location (preferably a beach), several parts swimwear and so on. The colours of the resulting photo shoot are usually both intense and saturated, all communicating the beauty of summer and the intensity of its sun. Few pictorials venture elsewhere.

Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams does however. It discards the colour for intimacy and drama.

rebeca willig bikini

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Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams
Return to the Sea by Michael David Adams

And it does so to great effect. One that sees lines of a rocky, seaside outcrop become dramatic, the shadows they throw in the summer sun becoming all the more intense in a deep black rather than a saturated hue.

It’s for the same reason that Return to the Sea‘s swimwear also looks more dramatic in black and white. There’s only so much you can do with swimwear as a designer, and while we always highlight the swimwear cuts that are in fashion you’ll see that the basic principle remains the same. Like most swimwear photo shoots, bikinis and swimsuits follow a recipe. Thus, every season, it’s the cut of swimwear that we concentrate on. Or, to put it another way, the swimwears’ lines. And those lines, be they on Return to the Sea‘s Estivio or Victoria’s Secret pieces, look all the more dramatic with the colour removed. You can concentrate on them, follow their lines as they play off against the lines of model Rebeca Willig‘s figure.

You can follow the lines for yourself by clicking on the thumbnails above and viewing the full photo shoot. You can also view more of Michael David Adams‘ art by following that link.

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