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The Collection: Panties
#8 – #10

 (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).

The Collection - PANTIES - no.008 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#8 – Panties.
Small acid yellow La Senza thong. A friend messaged me and asked if I wanted a bag of her old-but-never-worn or old-and-worn-once-or-twice knickers to add to the collection. She was, I think, eradicating undies from a previous relationship. I think women tie sentimentality to objects like this.

The Collection - PANTIES - no.009 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#9 – Panties.
Red, tassled, Made In China, thong, Size Small. Another cheap China shop find under the Golden Acre in Adderly Street, Cape Town. Also never used for a shoot but mostly because they are terribly badly made and would unravel if actually tried on.

We discussed this pair briefly in studio and couldn’t quite decide what was intended with the lacey-non-gusset type area…
I bought them purely because they were a marvel. Somebody had to decide to manufacture this product in mass, somebody designed it and someone else decided to ship it to Cape Town… I think I paid R3 for them in 2005.

The Collection - PANTIES - no.010 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#10 – Panties.
Chiffon, pink/tan/brown ruffled Mr. Price bikini-cut panties. Size medium. About 7-8yrs ago these were on sale at Mr.Price for R9.99 and I bought about 6 pairs in differing sizes and shades. I don’t think I’ve ever shot with them but think they will have their moment of glory since they are just so great. They remind me a bit of Ellen Von Unwerth’s grainy early work in B&W.

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The Collection: Panties
#4 – #7

 (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).

The Collection - PANTIES - no.004 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

#4 – Panties.
Black, pretty minimalist, Made In China, size small thong with lace heart detail. I found this wacky, tiny pair at a Chinese shop underneath the Golden Acre in Cape Town, that strange shopping labyrinth which dives below ground near the train station. Bought in about 2005, a bunch of them were used as funny gifts at a Chinese themed girls-only dinner party I threw and the rest made their way into the collection. Mostly they are all too flimsy or random to ever have graced a shoot thus far.

The Collection - PANTIES - no.005 Catalogued for TheSofterSex#5 – Panties.
French designer Simone Perele, super high waisted, tan colored, panties. Sized XS and incorporating mesh side panels. My colleagues give them a 9.5 for granny-ness, but they also admit (with their heads cocked to one side) that they have potential and that the side panels is what makes them. I bought them on a sale for a Playboy shoot but never used them.

The Collection - PANTIES - no.006 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

 

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#6 – Panties.
Pink thong, size S, Womens Secret, Rose bud detail, cotton. I bought these for the Playboy Miss July Playmate shoot I did of Leonie Valentine in 2013. It was the last shoot I did with the brand and was rushed out before I went to Europe on a job.

I think I shot and delivered the photographs in a record time of two days and thus they are far from my best work sadly. Included is one of the images where I used the panties.

The Collection - PANTIES - no.007 Catalogued for TheSofterSex

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#7 – Panties.
Hot-pink, satin and lace, low-rise, pantie-shorts with slit and bedazzlement on the left hip. Size M, La Senza. These have been with me for a while. I think I only ever used them on one shoot (the included project with Lexi and the candy floss shot in my studio some years back), however the knickers have gone with me as a shoot option to dozens of sets and just sit there looking showy.

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