A few words from the photographer... I began doing pinup around 1993, creating a line of sexy female sculptures called "garage kits." There are thousands of such kits these days, but when I began only a handful existed. My girl-kits were instantly popular and carried me to success. No matter the medium, my pinup girls all have the same curious style: mature, fit bodies, topped off with sweet, cherubic faces. I find the mixture of sweet faces and wicked bodies very alluring. I've become known for this style, which is evidenced even in my photography. That's probably because I treat the photos as illustrations, first choosing models that fit my mental template. Afterwards, I do extensive retouching; tweaking the anatomy, re-coloring clothing, replacing backgrounds, whatever it takes to get the desired effect. The effect I desire is simply to create a consuming and radiant beauty. What probably distinguishes me from most photographers who use women as their subjects is the totality of my goal. I'm no longer interested in showcasing my artistry. A failed image to me is one where the viewer thinks, "What a great artist!" or even, "What a great picture!" No, I want the viewer only to think, "What a beautiful girl!" I sublimate all my skills to that purpose. Stripping away the usual artistic flourishes like bold lighting, dramatic composition, fancy props and elaborate staging is frustratingly reductive, but I want to make the girl inescapably attractive. This means eliminating all unnecessary visual distraction, including any perception of my artistic and directorial manipulations. I want my photos to seem casual, like snapshots anyone could take. I prefer smaller models because of their physical proportions. A crucial subtext of innocence is created; the girl looks unprepared for her own voluptuous body. I'd consider myself successful if the viewer of these pages found just one girl, one image, that engendered in them profound affection.
Girls with perfectly pimped-up bodies created by Mike James