In order to get the costumes and poses and lighting just so, I started to find out what I could about the photographs I was copying. The backs of the cards gave a clipped biography of the woman I was recreating, giving me leads of where to look. I scoured eBay for theatre programmes, publicity … Continue reading Learning & Researching
And I keep going—over the 2 years of the course. I alternate between shoots and processing and printing the images. Here's another selection from my first semester using the digital back of the Mamiya camera. I was learning how to get my look right, how to copy a pose, as well as the lighting. As … Continue reading Learning to Pose
I’ve got the cigarette cards—and an idea to recreate them. Coincidentally, I have the means to explore this idea. This was 2005 and after graduating from BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2001 I had immersed myself gallery education and community art, applying my skills so that I could share them with others. I was a … Continue reading Getting Going, The Start of an Obsession
Who was viewing these images produced by Zoë Mozert and her colleagues? Many of these works were marketed to military servicemen fighting in World War II, and the pictures adorned both workspaces and the barracks. In this 1943 photograph of a bomber-crew shack, collages of pin-up illustrations and photographs cover almost every available surface, as … Continue reading Who’s looking?
After another hot summer weekend, I've been thinking about a curious category of pin-ups painting: the woman who seems to be working 'en plein aire' (out of doors), poolside or at the beach, wearing a swimsuit and painting not a landscape but rather a pin-up for herself, perhaps: a muscled male figure, pointedly posing, wearing … Continue reading Painting Pin-Ups… at the beach
For those of you in the Pittsburgh area, David Saunders will be giving a talk titled "The Secret Life of Women Pulp Artists," Friday, 16 August as part of PulpFest 2019! For more information, see: http://www.pulpfest.com/2019/05/the-secret-life-of-women-pulp-artists/
In my earliest research into Zoë Mozert and pin-up Mutoscope cards, I was surprised to come across dozens and dozens of examples of pin-ups in the act of painting, posed with palette and easel. While pin-up artists were undoubtedly skilled at sexualizing almost any scenario, this repeated motif of the female painter-- often depicted by … Continue reading Painting Pin-Ups