Art Style Advisor Wanted: Thanks go to Christian for rigorously reviewing old posts and updating them and, more importantly, streamlining the classification system to remove confusion and redundancies. However, he is not an expert on artistic styles and movements and we are still in need of someone who can help us with these categories now that Pip only has time to work on this site sporadically. Someone please come forward, even if you are only knowledgeable on a small range of art styles or media.
Pigtails Welcomes New Writer: I am delighted that yet another fan of this site has agreed to do some writing. His first proposal is to do a series of commentaries on single ‘Compelling Images’ such as that of William Klein. Many of the artists he proposes to cover have only done incidental work with little girls and so it is a great way to bring attention to these photographers. The use of the handle “D.F. Ottewill” is an homage to the camera Charles Lutwidge Dodgson used to take the famous Beggar Maid photograph—the Double-Folding Ottewill.
Where One Can’t Prosecute, One Can Always Censor: One of our readers, who offers interesting leads from time to time is a child model agent. She has offered a number of insights into the world of modeling and the conditions under which these children must work. In the past month, two of her sites were shut down without warning with explanations that she violated the Terms of Service (TOS). This tiresome tactic is used all too often to eliminate any material a company does not want to be associated with no recourse for the customer. I have seen the site and can tell you that the top page has a few images of girls in various costumes (no nudity) and one can click to see the second page which contains some partial nudes. I can assure readers that those photos were innocent out-of-the-bath/shower shots and contained no frontal nudity or suggestive poses —a towel, bath toy or other object was always strategically placed. The agent has requested that Pigtails not link to her site in fear that more aggressive zealots would make even more trouble for her and her business.
Paranoia in the Streets of Paris: After producing the Perrusset post, the photographer told me a couple of interesting anecdotes about the challenges of his work. I decided to add these to the end of that post so readers can take another look.
New Joshua Hoffine Film: In WCL’s post on this photographer, a new film had just been released and, at the time, no copies were available for review. It is a pleasure to inform readers that the video can now be viewed on Vimeo. If you are a fan of this photographer and filmmaker, take a look at Black Lullaby right away in case it should be removed.
Famous Postcard Girl: I have heard a lot in the past couple of years about the discovery of the identity of the little girl pictured in a number of iconic Edwardian postcards. It seemed a suitable subject for a Pigtails post but since so much has already been published on the subject, it would be foolish to spend time duplicating someone else’s efforts. If you collect vintage postcards of little girls, chances are you own some Grete Reinwalds.
Where’s the Line? One of the anecdotes offered by the agent mentioned above is the issue of what is acceptable nudity in child models and under what circumstances. Whenever someone tries to spell out some standards, they seem arbitrary and absurd. For example, another agent has taken nude shots of children (including her own), but does not publish them on her website. However, her nudes of babies and toddlers appear openly without comment. The Mexx Kids ad caused quite a stir but something like these Cinta Child ads (here and here) do not. What’s the distinction? Age? Skin Color?
Removal Requests: From time to time, artists or their agents request that their work be removed from this site. In the past, we have complied because we did not want to make trouble and wished to fly “under the radar”. Since that is no longer possible, removals will only take place under compelling circumstances. Otherwise, like it or not, artwork and other media images will be legally drafted in service to the noble political purpose of this site. Given the usual ignorance and narrow-mindedness of these requests, it is not possible to spell out what is considered a “compelling reason” as artists will simply use one of these excuses to cover up their real objections.
Anime and Manga on Pigtails: A reader sent me samples of numerous manga artists requesting that we cover this medium/genre more. The contribution is appreciated but the real problem is that none of us is knowledgeable enough to say something constructive about these works. I would once again like to offer an invitation to manga/anime fans who can write to please contribute to this site.
The Quagmire of Internet Research: This is a bit off-topic, but one of the points of Pigtails in Paint is to make certain material accessible and not have to compete with more “popular” politically-correct material that may have less relevance. It is annoying how many searches yield nonsensical results and one must sift through these redundancies just to find the object of one’s clearly-defined search. Here is an interesting article that discusses some of the interesting aspects of this issue.