Today’s photographer is based in Cologne, and signs her work Miss Giggles. But that is the name of her project – her real name is Tessa Schlick. She has been shooting professionally for ten years and says she is interested in conveying personality, something her pictures do admirably. She quickly found that the genre in which she could really express herself was retro pin-up – and so Miss Giggles was born.
Here’s a pin-up, in more ways than one. The girl who’s being pinned up is the Hamburg burlesque dancer Belle la Donna.
This is obviously not a straight piece of photography, but a witty collage. Just to prove it, here is a different treatment of one of the same elements:
So what I want to know is, what was happening in the original photo that Belle la Donna was snipped out of – and, most importantly, was there a second figure in it … sitting down, maybe?
Some of Miss Giggles’ subjects are professional models and performers, but some are amateur pin-up enthusiasts. Our first one’s a pro, Sari Boland, who brought a friend along with her to a shoot on October 18, 2009:
And the outcome was:
Let’s meet another girl, who appears to be called Kitty:
On March 3, 2007, she got into a fight with another model on the shoot:
I don’t know why: it’s not as if either of them needs the shoe. But I think we can tell who won:
And saving the best for last, here’s proof that rank has its privileges in the pin-up equivalent of the US Navy:
In case you’re wondering, that’s Seawoman Julia Langstrumpf getting her nautical panties spanked by ship’s captain Sarah Pape.