Sue Lyon as Stanley Kubrick’s iconic Lolita photographed by Bert Stern

December 28th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Classic Celebrities, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the most iconic images in modern photography comes from the movie poster for Stanley Kubrick’s film adaption of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial book Lolita.  The young actress who embodied this mythical nymphette was Sue Lyon.  In Stern’s photograph, her gaze meets the viewer’s straight on through the reflection of a rearview mirror, peering at you over red hearts, lips pursed on a red lollipop.  The image is provocative, confrontational, sensual, challenging.

In 1960, Kubrick asked his friend photographer Bert Stern to take some pictures of the 13 year old actress he had cast in his upcoming film to generate some pre-filming buzz.  Stern had already made a name for himself with his photographs of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, at the time the most controversial couple in the world.  His photography was candid, intimate, larger than life.  With only a few notes from Kubrick and some of lines from Nabokov’s novel in his head, he took the young actress and her mother out for the day to capture the mood of both the novel and the movie that had yet to be made.  Stern stated that going into a 5 and dime store to buy props for the shoot he saw young girls wearing heart shaped glasses and knew instantly that was what he needed.

The pictures taken that day have revealed themselves slowly over the years.  Some were initially published in 1960 in Look Magazine, others have been published in different retrospectives of Stern and Kubrick since.  Stern, using a 35 mm camera to capture the ‘snapshot’ look he wanted, said he wanted her to look like a girl you see once, glancing around, but that fleeting memory of her stays with you.  Lyon is the definition of a nymphette, lounging, playful, innocent with unwitting sensuality.  The pictures’ sexuality is all within the viewer’s perception, where the mind decides to place them between child and woman.  They remain to this day aesthetic defining for artists, models, designers, photographers and girls obsessed with this complex literary character.

Orange is the New Black’s Taryn Manning photographed by Sheryl Nields for Playboy, April 2011

June 7th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Erotica, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The second season of Orange is the New Black was released yesterday and we’re already 5 episodes in and loving it. To celebrate I thought I would share these pictures of Taryn Manning who plays Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett from her Playboy spread. We’ve been fans of Taryn for years now and there are a bunch of ladies we love on the show – Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne and now Lori Petty (not to mention the first episode being directed by lesbian icon Jodie Foster.) The show is funny and poignant and highly addictive.

New Hailey Clauson Editorials

May 1st, 2014|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Editorials, Fashion Models|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hailey Clauson cements her Lolita via Bardot image in these three new editorials. Her curves, her pout, her sleepy eyed gaze, her long limbs, everything’s coming together to make her into a great throw back to vintage looks from the 50’s and 60’s. Be sure to check out the For Love and Lemons site for all 140+ pictures of Hailey from their lookbook for this season.

Hailey Clauson by Zoey Grossman for the For Love and Lemons lookbook Spring/Summer 2014

Luma Grothe, Hailey Clauson & Britt Linn by Greg Lotus for Glamour Italia May 2014

Hailey Clauson by Stevie and Mada for Guess Magazine Spring 2014