Pin-up Girls: the second wave (Solo Exhibition - 27th June 2019)
So, three years after my first solo pin-up exhibition I decided to have a second one as well. There were two main reasons behind my decision.
- First of all, since the first exhibition I switched styles and I shot extensively pinup girls in real world locations (instead of shooting them against single-color-backgrounds). I also employed the assistance of clothes stylists in some of my shots, instead of solely relying on the models' or my own collection of clothes.
- Second reason was that an opportunity arose to showcase my work in a most fitting environment at the wonderful Athens Retro Festival. There, it would be shown alongside similar works of art and craft and would be enjoyed by people that actually love vintage and retro art.
Regarding how the photos were chosen and exhibited, since this festival had a "theme", I only chose my vintage pinups, thus making for a more coherent exhibition than my first one which was a retrospective one.
And since Pin-ups are meant to be "pinned up on the walls" in the first place, we chose with the organizers to not showcase them in frames but have them printed in photographic paper and stick them up the walls of my booth! Below is the reasoning that led to my final choices, containing all the photos that were exhibited in their final crop and edit.
Chapter I: Choice of photos
1. The large ones
First off I knew that I wanted my latest ones that were shot in real-world locations to be prominent and thus chose to have them printed in 50x75cm size. These were pinups with Makaria (motorbike), Maria Stathopoulou (car mechanic) and the wonderful Ellie Rousou (all the rest).
2. The old ones
From the original exhition I only kept the ones that were the most vintage and non-repetitive. I had to leave 2 or 3 out due to space limitations, but overall I am quite happy with the selection which included the following:
3. The new ones
Finally I printed some more of my latest pinups (plus some new selections from older ones), at the same size as the ones reused from the first exhibition (30x45cm). These were the following:
Chapter II: Exhibition setup & attendanceThe only question this time, as there was only one continuous wall, was which photos to go on which parts of the wall. Along with my partner and model Ailiroy, we decided to put up the largest ones in key spots so that they will 'catch the eye' of passers-by and then put the small ones in between them, according to color continuity or theme:
Below you can see how we set it up and a few photos from people looking at it and models that came by: