Long Island Baby: Eva Herzigova by Bert Stern for Vogue Paris, October 2002

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Photographers, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bert Stern’s photographs of the young actress Sue Lyon as Lolita made an impact on the fashion world that is still felt today.   This beautiful editorial by the photographer of bombshell Eva Herzigova show off the looks of those iconic photographs, girl-next-door things like cardigans, gingham, denim with knitwear and lots of innocent but seductive lingerie.  Mixed with some referencing to Andre de Dienes’s early photographs of Marilyn Monroe, this is a beautiful, sensual editorial that remains timeless and inspirational.

 

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.

Classic Horror Films for Halloween Weekend

October 29th, 2014|Categories: Classic Celebrities, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In terms of must-watch movies for Halloween, iconic retro horror films like Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Carrie, The Exorcist, Dracula, Frankenstein, Psycho, all of these (plus more) are a must. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first time you’re watching or the hundredth time, they are a necessary ingredient in putting you in a spooky mood.

Favorite Movie Posters

September 20th, 2014|Categories: Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |