The Collection: Stockings
#123- #126

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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# 123 – Stockings
Red hold-up sheer stockings. These have been worked with a number of times. They’ve been hand cut into hold ups.

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# 124 – Stockings

Sheer white hold-ups. These are not an easy find in Cape Town but come in many of the lingerie sets that Passionfruit.co.za sells locally.

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# 125 – Stockings
A deep brown pair of hold-ups from the 90’s which have been shredded for a photoshoot.

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# 126 – Stockings

These are the classic stay-ups that you can find in South Africa. Although they look pretty that latex band they use to keep them up is almost always problematic.

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The Collection: Stockings & “Socklets”
#119- #122

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#119 – Stockings
Flesh coloured, wide-fishnet hold-ups. Bought at a Chinese supermarket in Cape Town for photoshoots with private clients.

 

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#120 – Stockings
Deep brown/tan coloured, hold-ups. Bought at Woolworths quite some time ago for photoshoots with private clients.

 

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#121 – Stockings
Black, wide-fishnet hold-ups. Originally a gift from a client, I cut them off into “hold-ups” for photoshoots with private clients.

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#122 – “Socklets”
Pale pink lace “socklets” with ankle straps. I think I bought these at a Chinese supermarket in Cape Town, they are a kind of re-interpritation of the ballet shoe.

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The Collection: Stockings
#115- #118

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#115 – Stockings
Knee-high fuchsia pink, striped knee highs. Bought about 10 years ago and used in a few shoots including this exhibition piece in 2007.

 

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#116 – Stockings
Knee-high fuchsia pink and neon yellow wide fish-net stockings. This was originally two pairs but since each has a missing partner they’re now re-paired and look even more fitting.

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#117 – Stockings
Bright red, opaque, hold-ups with patterning. A great and unusual pair handed down to me by my aunt.

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#118 – Stockings
Deep brown/black, nylon hold-ups. This vintage pair of hold-ups has seen better days.

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The Collection: Stockings
#111- #114

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#111 – Stockings
Bright red stockings. These have been used in many a shoot. At the time when I got them it wasn’t so easy to find multicoloured stockings in SA, that has changed now.

 

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#112 – Stockings
Checker-board design, black stockings. These have a distinctly 90’s feel and originally came from Woolies.

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#113 – Stockings
Deep red stay-up stockings in fishnet with lace detail. Gifted to me from a client about 11 years ago.

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#114 – Stockings
Beige/nude hold-up vintage stockings. I bought many pairs of these stockings at one stage. They were produced in the 90’s by the looks of the packaging. They’re super pale and fleshy and almost totally nude/invisible against this pair of legs.

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The Collection: Stockings
#107- #110

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#107 – Stockings
Fuchsia pink mesh cut-off stockings. Gifted to me from a client about 12 years ago and used quite extensively.

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#108 – Stockings
Metallic-Silver fish-net stockings. An original vintage pair from the 70’s gifted to me by an aunt.

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#108 – Stockings
Footless semi-opaque stockings/tights in black with silver shimmer. These are sop Flash-Dance, totally 80’s. They can almost be work as one piece- so much textile above the gusset.

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#108 – Stockings
Metallic-gold stay-ups with Mustard trim. Gifted to me by my aunt, straight out of her 1970’s/80’s wardrobe.

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The Collection: Gloves
#104- #106

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#104 – Gloves
Opera length, white lace gloves. Used mostly for private commissioned shoots a few years back.

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#105 – Gloves
Fingerless, knitted gloves in white, black and grey. A cheapie pair which haven’t been shot yet.

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#106 – Gloves
Aged, yellow leather, workers gloves. Bought and aged for a nude private commissioned shoot many years ago, the clients theme: kind of sexy and industrial….

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The Collection: Gloves
#101- #103

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#101 – Gloves
Cream/beige stretch-satin gloves with ruche detailing up the middle of the lower arm. A lovely hand-me-down from my grandmother. Super-petit.

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#102 – Gloves
Cream coloured gloves with lace details and wrist bucket detail. One of my favourite pairs of vintage gloves, these are just so pretty.

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#103 – Gloves
Red gloves with red and gold lace details. Another hand-me-down from a friend to the collection.

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The Collection: Gloves
#98- #100

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#98 – Gloves
White, medical, latex gloves. Used for many a “medically” themed boudoir/private commissioned shoot like the included image.

 

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#99 – Gloves
Elbow length “opera” gloves in black. Synthetic and with the fingertips cut-open. Bought at a fancy dress shop at some stage for a shoot.

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#100 – Gloves
Off-white, lace gloves made from cotton. A beautiful vintage pair of gloves I acquired from the older generation in my family. Unusual in that they’re very much hand-made in off-white cotton thread.

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The Collection: Gloves
#94- #97

 (Please note: This is the “archive” of the collection of shoot props (generally lingerie/womens attire somehow) that I have gathered over the last 11 years of my career.
They are catalogued by number, and description for now as well as any other relevant information about their individual histories- how I came to have the items, what shoots they might have been used for, etc.
The style in which I document an item may vary according to the type of garment/object it is).

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#94 – Gloves
Mustard calf skin (i think) leather, vintage gloves. A hand-me-down from my great aunt who seemed to know I collected such things.

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#95 – Gloves
Pale pink lace, finger-less gloves. Gifted to me by a friend for the collection about 10 years ago.

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#96 – Gloves
Cream lace, mid length, fingerless gloves. Purchased from the bridal section at Fabric City during my Graduate year at Ruth Prowse School of Art for the included image.

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#97 – Gloves
Cream lace, gloves with open fingers. Also purchased from the bridal section at Fabric City during my Graduate year at Ruth Prowse School of Art for the included image.

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Positive Birth in South Africa: This is Tarryn Walton


The Gate-Keepers: A Portraiture Project

This is a portraiture project, documenting the “gatekeepers” of a growing movement regarding positive birth experiences in our country.  My aim: to promote those who are enabling women to identify with their power and femininity and therefore normalize birth and the body.

These are their stories / anecdotes / opinions about what they do and how they see it…accompanied by my portraits and some general information on each sitter.

Tarryn Walton has been a professional doula for two years now. She works all over: Northern suburbs, Cape Town central, southern suburbs, Atlantic seaboard.
Tarryn is a  Satyananda yoga teacher and specialises in prenatal yoga as well.
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Tarryn Walton Doula South Africa photographed by Leah Hawker

Giving birth to three children in the UK, has highlighted the stark difference between South Africa and England regarding the approach to childbirth.
My aim is to help educate women in terms of their choices in childbirth, encourage them to believe and trust in their ability to birth their babies with as little interference and medical intervention as possible.
In instances where a non-medicalised birth is not an option, I aim to work with the mother and her family towards optimising the chances of her having a positive experience.
A woman should feel safe, nurtured and empowered throughout pregnancy, labour and birth. She should own the experience and be able to congratulate herself on her achievement.
Helping facilitate this is an honour and a privilege.
• (I invite more participants to join the project, you are welcome to email me for more information).
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