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The House of Dolls April 17, 2009

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Miles Aldridge

If the world were pretty enough, I’d shoot on location all the time. But the world is just not being designed with aesthetics as a priority.

Miles Aldridge is a remarkable aesthetician. He has a new exhibition at Hamilton’s Gallery in London which I’m rather disappointed to not be seeing. This man brings a steady eye and a subtle worldview to the printed page. His portfolio site is a treasure trove. It’s a real pleasure.

Hamilton’s (click on Current Exhibition before 10 May 2009)

The Official Miles Aldridge Portfolio



3 Fashion Shooters to View December 1, 2008

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Here are 3 interesting photographers I’ve had the pleasure of talking to in the last few days. They are some of Toronto’s finest fashion image makers. Hopefully you’ll like them too.

Chris Wadsworth

Chris Wadsworth

Josh Cornell

Josh Cornell

Chris Nicholls

Chris Nicholls


The Luscious Locher Catalogue May 11, 2008

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I Really Need a Fucking Coffee

This is why we love the web. It’s only as puritan as you need it to be. People and Brands can say what they need to say and you choose whether you want to visit. In Nicole Locher’s case, she says cute, dirty things on beautiful clothes. Usually fashion, or any kind of, online catalogues are dull affairs. They don’t have to be dull, and in Swiss Miss Locher’s case, I doubt she could be. There’s a sense of humour at play in the clothes that is really entertaining. Her catalogue does a wonderful job of that as well. The site is hilarious, beautifully and simply executed, and makes me want to be a part of her world view. (Even though the clothes really won’t suit my frame.)


Katja Rahlwes – Photo Crop February 3, 2008

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Katja Rahlwes

I like Katja’s style. Clautrophobic crops on open lighting setups make for a slick, angular portfolio of fashion.

Link to Katja’s Portfolio 

Large Provocation September 16, 2007

Posted by Ivan Pols in beauty, burlesque, character design, comic, comic strip, design, drawing, erotic, erotica, Facebook, fashion, female, figurative art, flickr, funny, hot girls, illustration, media, models, myspace, objectification, photography, Pinups, social network, women.

Maggie AP

I’m on the e-mail blast list of Agent Provocateur, not only because I like women in lingerie but because their web experiences are typically awesome. They partner with some great talent to bring a sense of humour and sophistication to frilly bits covering pink bits. Their latest endeavour, Lessons in Lingerie starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mindy and Tullulah is no exception. It’s just fun.

Mindy AP

And while Maggie and the girls look amazing trussed up in their silks, it’s the illustration that links all the photos together that makes it great. I’m having trouble finding someone to take credit for the work though (so if someone knows please tell me and I can update this blog and heap praise where it should be heaped). The illustration was done by Tim Major, an drawer of the erotic. I haven’t found an online portfolio (something about the unwanted attention perhaps?) but if you plug his name into Google Images you’ll find some fun stuff.

I can direct some kudos at the branding company behind the AP campaigns, Large. Based in London and Copenhagen they add quite of lot to fill out their clients curves (sales and sexiness). Their rhetoric is not especially ground breaking but the work is beautiful and effective. Which is usually more than enough.

Anyway, back to the AP site. They’ve tried to expand the experience by putting Mindy on Myspace and Facebook (we’re BFBFF) and do-it-yourself book covers that you can share on Flickr. All of which seem to have had an unfortunately luke warm start (I’m not sure about Myspace because I can’t find Mindy by searching. Myspace has the worst search on earth!) They also use the drip feed method of quality content fed to you over time. There will be more adventures released over time. If any brand should understand teasing it’s this one. In the name of fun and commerce, go visit.

Agent Provocateur


ps. The full credits are in the Comments. Thanks to Large for supplying the names I was missing.

Rasmus Mogensen – Photographer July 20, 2007

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Rasmus Mogensen is a fashion and beauty photographer. Or I could say, Rasmus Mogensen is a fantastic image creator. Or I could just sit here speechless. His fashion sets have some beautiful textural and conceptual elements and he has an amazing finish on his work that makes you want to look closer and closer. It was nearly impossible to choose an image for this post. Awesome work and well worth bookmarking.

Rasmus 2


Phamous Update July 7, 2007

Posted by Ivan Pols in art, articles, culture, design, erotic, erotica, fashion, female, film, hot girls, models, music, objectification, Phamous 69, photography, portfolio, women.
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 Phamous Picture

It seemed to take Phorever! I’ve finally spotted some new content on Phamous 69, everyone’s favourite diamante encrusted glam ero-disco magazine. If you haven’t seen it yet, picture high-end photography, film and writing applied to slick surfaces (including models) with a whiff of decadence. City kids swear by it.

Phamous 69 

Diesel’s Liquid Space June 28, 2007

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Diesel have done something beautiful. This image creation is absolutely startling and I can only imagine what a treat it would have been to see this live.

“Diesel’s Creative Team (under the direction of Wilbert Das) based the show on an aquatic theme entitled “Liquid Space” and brought together Barcelona animation studio Dvein – who worked on the CGI visual effects and 3D animations – and Danish multi-media production agency, Vizoo, who provided the innovative technology for the show, which they had created themselves. Neither studio, say Diesel, had previously worked on anything like this before.”

Creative Review have a great article.

Creative Review / Blog May 17, 2007

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CR Blog


400 Strippers April 8, 2007

Posted by Ivan Pols in burlesque, documentary, fashion, female, models, objectification, photography, polaroids, women.
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This Flickr account has a sampling from 400 Polaroids of strippers trying out for dancing jobs at a club in Southern California. They were shot during the 60’s and 70’s and were bought for $10. For image collectors it’s a bit of a treasure trove (the junk shop variety) and worth a look. Bring back the beehive!

(via Hasnain)