Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Jane Queen: Dangerously Dolly
Bold, striking and sexy, photographer Jane Queen’s alternative portraiture is a stylistic blend of gorgeous women, vivid tattoos and a modern approach to classic pinup
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It takes a lot of work to make something look easy, and after speaking with Queen it becomes obvious that she's determined to be a success at a very young age and willing to put in the effort to get there. Queen says she considers marketing to be "everything" in photography, and she heavily maintains her social-media profiles (Facebook, Model Mayhem, Myspace, Twitter, Tumblr and now Google+) despite her intensely busy schedule of traveling, shooting and editing. (She plans her schedule ahead for the full year in order to save on travel expenses and to keep potential models organized by location.) Each social-media venue serves to update her tremendous fan base with her schedule, new images and projects.
The images themselves skirt the alt edge of fetish and fashion while still staying strictly within tasteful bounds.Her own website, which she constructed and updates herself, acts as the digital marketing hub for all of her endeavors, with each portal blending seamlessly back to dangerouslydolly.com. For instance, she uses her own Tumblr blog (WhatYourEyesCouldEat.com) to engage her fans not only with new imagery, but also with question-and-answer sessions. A lot of her fan mail comes from the oodles of potential pinup models who are dying to work with her, while many other queries are from budding photographers asking for technical and practical advice from the young ingénue. Tough life, right? The truth of the matter is that none of her success comes from luck or chance. It seems as if Queen is a true workaholic, but when asked if she considers herself to be one, Queen explains in true workaholic fashion that it's not a term she would use. "When you have a strong desire to learn something," Queen explains, "the work and effort put into it becomes enjoyable."
Queen notes that she's mostly attracted to retro imagery and to the beauty of the female form, in particular, the voluptuous cheesecake innocence of master illustrators like Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas and Olivia De Berardinis. Ironically, when she first started taking pinups, it was criticism from other pinup photographers that inspired her to push her style further rather than rehashing the staid pinup. She explains that she would reference an image from the halcyon days of cheesecake only to find that other photographers would accuse her of taking their "ideas," which is laughable, of course, since they were based off of the same source material as Queen's. So she decided that rather than emulate the well-established style of pinup photography, she would push herself to create her own. After only a few short years, Queen has set herself apart from the pack with a style that's already instantly recognizable.
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