Pin-up girl photography
Emily stretches in a shadowless expanse, portrayed in rosy tones. Her inwardly-focused pose is full of proud strength and benevolence. The colors are chosen to give a soft, homogeneous look, reminiscent of an ink drawing on colored paper, where the figure appears translucent. The lack of stark contrast between foreground and background emphasizes two-dimensionality, giving it a graphic feeling—a reference to classic pin-up girl ink drawings on paper. The warm colors blend into soft shadows that imply a quiet mood. This visual treatment suggests an aesthetic intention that is a slight departure from standard pin-up girl photography.
Her enticing voluptuousness is amplified by an impressive cascade of blonde tresses. Not lost in this composition are her full lips and even features. She grabs her toes with her fingers, and gazes at the junction of these body parts. The composition flows along a circular pathway of fascinating visual elements from her face to her hand, foot, knees, and through the contour of her torso. Her environment is mostly negative space, connected only by shadows and slight reflections under her knees.
This photograph celebrates sensuality as an aspect of what it means to be human and within the context of visual composition. An unapologetic admiration of beauty, the image offers the viewer a brief recess from reality in its dreamlike world. She was fully invested in this undertaking, playing a nuanced character outside of the dichotomy of age-old symbolism where women are portrayed as only the extremes of the sinner Eve or the sacred Madonna.
The artist’s influences in reimagining the pin-up art genre include Olivia De Berardinis, Mel Ramos, and Hajime Sorayama. He was further influenced by fashion photographers Helmut Newton and Ellen von Unwerth.
This image has been collected by art lovers in Texas, Utah, and Rhode Island.