I've adored the photo on the left for a long time, I can't even remember how long ago I found it exactly. Random internet searching I come across all kinds of cute stuff that I want to pay tribute to, most of the time the opportunity doesn't arise for the certain setting, until you have 3 friends who force you out of your house and onto a hot beach (rare occasion for me) for a pin up shoot by the shore. Even though i'm a little burnt i'm happy with the photos! I only have a few up on my facebook photography page right now, but once I play catch up on other clients I'll be adding more. I new I wanted to replicate this shot in some way. I had Patsy line her hand up under Val and Vava, and then the girls instantly threw up their guns with out any prompting from me. Sometimes you go in thinking you're just getting a photo, and someone does something a little extra to give it that extra cute factor.
Pin ups then and now. With modern pin up on occasion I get people who feel the need to post stupid comment on photos, I've noticed at least three types of people who do this, First, a person who totally doesn't understand pin up culture, and is utterly disgusted that a certain pin up may be pale and not dark tan like they are. I believe the comment was "I've never heard 'Wow look at that pasty white person, they look great' " to this I reply, seriously?!? I for one think pale is beautiful, and its most of the time its a personal choice to be pale. Just like its a personal choice to be tan. There is nothing wrong with either one, and just because someone is pale, on purpose or no, does not give someone the right to be a jerk on their photo about it. Last I heard, judging people on their skin color wasn't cool. I know this isn't the classic case, but it still makes you out to look like a jerk, so don't do it. My whole business is about making women feel beautiful, not having them cut down for skin color, shape, size, age, etc.
This is a petty attack that I don't tolerate.
Second, people who can't get their head around pin ups with tattoos. I know MOST pin ups in the 40s and 50s don't have tattoos, i'm aware of this. I'm sure most people are. Problem is, as much as we'd like it to be sometimes, it is not the 40s or 50s, its 2012. Modern women have tattoos, i'd say a good majority. Not all people live the purest vintage life style, in fact 99% of the women I photograph are everyday women, who have modern lives, families, and jobs. They have tattoos, again, a personal choice they made, that is NONE of anyone's business. In my mind this seems like these people are trying to say that these women should not be allowed to have their pin up photos taken because they have tattoos. Which is totally insane, so lets hope thats just where it stays, in my mind!
The third type is a rarity, but they're out there. 100% vintage purists who will turn their noses up at anything not totally vintage. This I understand to some degree. But being a struggling photographer, trying to keep a business a float. Living in a world where I dress my subjects head to toe in vintage items with vintage accessories and shoes, and props, is not a luxury I can afford. Even if I could, I still wouldn't. I know a cheesy replica when I see one, and tend to avoid those when ever possible.
There is a little story I want to share, which I still find pretty funny. A woman who lives far away from me, and had been talking to me about shoots since last year recently broke ties with me (out of embarrassment on her part, I assumed, and later confirmed.) I had posted on my personal facebook page, that I my amazing friend Emy was my best friend since I asked her what she wanted to do for her up coming shoot and she replied "the trashier the better". Anyone who knows me well enough, or even follows my work to some degree knows i'm so very in love with the 1960s trashy look. Big bouffants and beehives, bad tattoos, tacky colors and prints. An homage to one of my trashy heroes if you will, John Waters. This woman instantly sent me a message, totally meant for someone else, not sure who, to this day. It said something along the lines of "omg autumn says someone is her bff cause she wants to do a trashy pin up shoot, THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE RUINING PIN UP!"
To this I replied...."I'm sorry?" Then I quickly got my thoughts together and typed up a response explaining the type of trashy I was talking about, I only assumed she thought I meant trashy...as in porny maybe? And also added in that the fact that she, just the week before was trying to coax me into going hundreds of miles from home to do a shoot, and was offering for us to stay at her home even, and then was turning around and talking like this behind my back like this was MUCH trashier than I could ever capture in a photo. I guess I feel the need to share this story, because she never got to see my response. By the time I clicked send she had blocked me, and not only me, ANYONE from Michigan who was a mutual friend. I was totally baffled for about a day.
My artistic expression is mine and mine alone! I feel like if you don't approve of something I do, please, just stop following my work. I don't plan on changing myself because 2 or 3 people out there don't approve, or at least the ones who feel the need to speak up about it. Judge all you like, but I don't intend on making you feel better about my work! I'm only interested in making my clients and myself happy. Rant over. (o: