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“The Housewives”, Private Commissions:
This is D.B. (2008)

(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).

I got a mail from D commissioning another shoot during 2008.
We had worked together one year previously when I shot her in Johannesburg after she’d heard my talk on TalkRadio 702 in Gauteng about the nude commissioned shoots I was doing in Cape Town.

About the 2008 shoot she said, "The inspiration was my husband's fantasies and having me, his wife, bring them to life"

About the 2008 shoot she said, “The inspiration was my husband’s fantasies and having me, his wife, bring them to life”

This time, the shoot was based solely on inspiration from her husband (it would be a gift to him again) and thus it differentiated hugely from any other shoots I had done in the past since most of my work was created from the feminine perspective and not from that of the male gaze.

The shoot we did together in 2007 had been mostly shot in a makeshift studio space set up in their home. There was only one look , a “strip tease” theme, wihc was shot using D’s home itself as the backdrop.
I think that the relationship created between the fantasy of seeing his wife in as the subject in the image and  having her placed in their own home, was what inspired most of the 2008 shoot.

My husband loved the first pictures we took and wanted more. He commissioned the shoot and even researched the poses we did. (Do not ask how!) Do you not remember we got a set of instructions from him!!

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The whole shoot was styled around their home and the resulting images are definitely defined by her partners ideals or fantasies. We shot three “looks” during the day, one in the kitchen, one in the outside entertainment area and the last one in the pool.
The images are very voyeuristic and an interesting study in approaching the subject of femininity from the male perspective specifically.
They are not a style I ever shoot in actually and defining what sets my style apart from this one is a hard one. I can instinctively explain it as the difference between the male gaze and my approach to image making of women (which comes from a more feminist perspective). At the same time the images are also just simply intimate and belong to this couple and their relationship.

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“The Housewives”, Private Commissions:
This is D.B. (2007)

(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).

Sunday Times Article about Nude Boudoir Shoots in Cape Town

In July 2007 the Sunday Times published a story about the commercial nude or semi-nude shoots which I had been doing since 2005. The article, written by Lauren Cohen, was picked up by both a Cape Town and a Johannesburg radio station for whom both requested interviews. One of the spin offs was this Jo’burg based client, who we’ll call “D”, and who I returned to document for three years in a row…

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This is how the first shoot came together for her:

My husband noticed an article on your work in the Sunday newspapers and casually asked me whether I would pose for photographs in the nude. I said that I would not have an issue with this. On my way home from work one afternoon I heard you being interviewed by Jenny Cruws Williams on Radio 702 and jotted your name down on a piece of paper. I gave the paper with your name on it to my husband and told him that if he could get your details I would think of doing a shoot for him. My husband gave me your details the very next day and the rest is history.

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 I remember you arriving at my house and opening a suitcase full of lingerie which you laid out onto my dining room table. I was horrified as I had never worn lingerie before and had never posed naked for anyone let alone someone with a camera. I remember thinking that you were so young but also so confident in yourself. I was initially self-conscious and anxious but you soon put me at ease and I enjoyed the shoot. It is not often that you can fantasise about being a playboy model!

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The intention for commissioning the shoot was for my husband as a Christmas present. I still remember that Christmas day he opened the gift…

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…He had no idea I had actually contacted you.
This was my secret.

He was like a little boy the whole day following me around like a little puppy dog. His fantasy had come to life.  It was the best gift I have ever given him. I must admit the photos were beautiful.

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We shot in “D”‘s home, using the space either as a location or setting up a more studio environment. We had discussed a few ideas and themes ahead of time which we spent the morning shooting. Her hubby was at work and had no idea what she was up to…a very sweet Christmas gift indeed!

This would be the first of three shoots with this client.

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The Collection: Stockings & Socks
#41- #44

 (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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#41 – Stockings
Black, size medium, tyre-print stockings with gusset. This is the first time I’ve looked at these stockings in an image, they shoot really well and have a great and unusual design. They’ve been in my collection for at least 9 years and have never been used in a shoot till now.

 

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Boudoir Image South African Photographer Pink stockings

#42 – Stockings
Pink, sheer cut off hold-up stockings. These were in a bunch that I was gifted from my aunt forever ago. I’ve used them in many shoots, especially in themed private “boudoir” shoots when I started out. The image included was shot about 9 years ago with a Johannesburg client.
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#43 – Socks
Flesh tone and white ankle socks with floral and text print. These make me wonder who would have designed and manufactured them and why. Anyhow, I bought them at a train station Chinese supermarket while I was still studying and am yet to use them.

 

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#44 – Socks
White cotton blend ankle socks with ribbing detail. These come from a sock and underwear wholesaler. They are the iconic school-girl socks obviously, I think I thought I’d use them during my years with Playboy but actually didn’t get the right opportunity.

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The Collection: Stockings & Socks
#28- #30

 (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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#28 – 
Stockings
Cream fishnet stockings cut to 
things-highs. Size Large I think I started buying stockings in a far bigger size on purpose just so I could cut them into thigh-highs myself since they were almost impossible to get hold of in SA some years back. It doesn’t work as well with fishnet textiles (as you can see from the fraying at the cut line) but with normal nylon stockings it works like a charm (you just miss the punctuation of the wide re-enforcemnet line that comes with normal thigh-highs). These were a Woodstock stocking factory shop purchase.

 

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#29 – Stockings
Black stockings with psychedelic design. These were a gift from a friend about 10 years ago. The design on them is something which doesn’t really speak to me although when I see them shot in this image I realise they are something I could incorporate easily. They’ve already got a bit of wear ‘n tear as do a number of items in the collection.

 

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#30 – Knee High Stockings
Orange knee-high stockings, one size fits all. I think these come from a Chinese shop in the Golden Acre, Adderley Street, Cape Town. They’ve not been used but stored for years and years. They shoot well.

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The Collection: Stockings & Socks
#25- #27

 (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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#25 – Stockings
Pure wool, indigo stay-up stockings with matching lace trim. These goodies were a gift from the friend who is actually modelling them in this shot for me. She bought them while on a road trip to Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Typical of stay ups, the latex grip which lies on the inside of the lace trim is almost always too tight and squeezes the thigh fat of almost every girl resulting in manipulation via photoshop to return the leg to its normal shape.

 

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Lingerie & stockings by Leah Hawker

#26 – Stockings
Leopard print stockings, size small-medium. I think I bought these at a stocking factory shop in Woodstock about 7 years back. I’ve only shot with them once which was a for a test shoot with Anthea of 20Management. They’re almost totally opaque and have no visible gusset reinforcement which makes them appear like one smooth skin.

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#27 – 
Stockings
Black, semi-sheer stockings with design and bow trims. Size medium-large. I bought these beauties in Marks ‘n Sparks in Paris in 2013 while shopping for lingerie with a client and friend. They have a semi-opaque design which makes out a thong, suspender belt and thigh-high stockings, resplendent with bow embellishments at the point where the suspender clips would attache to the stockings.

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