Tag Archives: lingerie

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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The Collection: Gloves
#90- #93

 (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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#90 – Gloves
Faux fur mittens (2x pairs). Purchased in Hannover in 2000, on sale which lead me to buy 2 pairs.

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#91 – Gloves
Kind of a tiger-print, velvet gloves. Purchased at a typical Chinese supermarket in Cape Town. So hideous that I needed to have them.

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#92 – Gloves
Bright red, synthetic wrist length gloves. A vintage hand-me-down from a friend or family member. Love the scalloped edging around the wrists.

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#93 – Gloves
White gotten serving gloves (about 12 pairs). Purchased at Banks – a catering & chef-ing type shop in Woodstock Cape Town. Bought for use in part of an exhibition piece in 2007.

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“The Housewives”, Private Commissions:
This is D.B. (2009)

(Please note: “The Housewives” was a term I fondly coined in 2006 after I started getting shoot requests from private individual women. The folder in my archives is still called this and so I’ve stuck to it, in part just for the irony. Most of these women are not “housewives” at all, but strong independent and forward thinking women who I have had the honour of documenting. All are private commissions, some I’m still in contact with, others I’ve totally lost contact with, some have become friends, some may wish not to have their real names used, others don’t mind, some may have their faces obscured for privacy reasons, others have generously shared their experiences of being photographed. When posting under “The Housewives” it means I am choosing some of my favourite images from one of these shoots publishing them here along with my and or her  experiences and memories).

In 2009 I photographed DB for the third (and last time). I flew up to Johannesburg and spent the day shooting with her and was back in Cape Town by the evening.

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Compared to our first shoot which had been initiated by D herself, this shoot and the one in 2008 were both designed and inspired by her partner’s fantasies and therefore the male perspective.

The shoots were interesting for me because of this. The style and content was shifted to encompass a different kind of voyeurism, a  more intimate and private peek into sexuality as apposed to the more  playful images of the first shoot we did together.

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The references for D’s 2nd and 3rd shoots had a soft-porn-foreplay feel, the kind of imagery which pervades the internet in masses. It’s removed from the more stereotypical, tongue-in-cheek kind of content I had been working with in her first shoots.

It was very much around this time that boudoir photographers started popping up all over in SA. I was slowly sidling out of shooting private commissions after I began to feel I was participating in producing images which had no shelf life, a kind of disposable and repeatable mass of content, something that I think many photographers have started to feel since digital photography has made image production so prolific.

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I returned to my conceptual as well as more commercial photography and later redefined my own style and personality when shooting private work.

I asked D to share a bit about her experience on the 2009 shoot we did together:

This shot was also commissioned by my husband and was shot just months after I had given birth to my baby girl who is now 6 years old.  After having worked with you on two occasions I was a lot more relaxed. We were also more adventurous, the photos in the shower coming to mind.

I have always had a strong identity as a woman. My motivation for the project was to give the man I love pictures of me in a “Fantasy World”: A surreal world that only exists in the pictures. A world he has exclusive entry into where he can fantasise about his wife being something other than a spouse, cook, mother and lover.

What I took out of the 3 shoots is greater awareness of the love and adoration my husband has for me and that he loves me regardless of the fact that I am not perfect. What I loved about the photos is that I too can look like a Playboy model even after two pregnancies.

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