A new book called "Venus Williams" by photographer Koto Bolofo has been released and features an inspired, conceptual exploration of the six-time Grand Slam champion's life.
The photos are wonderful, and represent Williams from a specific angle. The black and white pictures are classic, graceful, and simply stunning.
Bolofo spoke with the UK's The Times about how he first met his muse on the streets of London four years ago:
"I turned a corner in Covent Garden and there was this tall, beautiful black woman and I thought, ‘I fancy her!’ I’d never seen such a graceful woman. She was wearing a bright fluorescent pink raincoat and stood out like a sore thumb."
Bolofo also said how he was fascinated with Venus while watching her win the first of her four Wimbledon trophies:
"There was such a strength of woman in her. I had never seen anyone like this. She was like a gazelle, so pure. But I wanted to photograph her my way – not as a sports star with lots of muscles, but as a woman."
The tennis star is of course pleased with the outcome of her collaboration with Bolofo:
"He saw something in me that no one else has ever seen, the side that’s classic tennis player, with elegance and grace."
Bolofo and Williams have worked together on an Italian Vogue shoot which eventually led to working on the book. The two have traveled a lot together, including London, Istanbul, Paris and New York where photos for "Venus Williams" were taken.