Femme Fatale….?

Recently, I was asked to join an art show, with the theme, Femme Fatale. And even though I wasn’t exactly sure what Femme Fatale meant, I said, “Yes please, count me in.” After a couple of hours googling the meaning, I found everything from Greek literature to photos of Pamela Anderson in a bikini. So I came up with a working definition… strong, sexy, female, who allures, yet maintains her independence and will do whatever it takes to remain independent and in control. Well, that’s the way I wanted to think about it. I am into strong females, but immediately I wanted to avoid the… vulnerable woman in her undies, looking sultry for the male audience. I wanted to blend genders roles and play with the role reversal idea. But that’s as far as I got with my previsualization

Then I heard a friend of mine had created his own burlesque act that he was starting to perform for select audiences… and the wheels in my brain started spinning. But even then I wasn’t able to say exactly what I wanted… but looking back now, there is no way I could have planned the photos we took together. With the help of Micah’s girlfriend, Teri, here’s what we came up with.

The problem now is deciding which photos to choose for the show…. any votes and comments are welcome!

I like these two as the ‘before’ photos.

Film versus digital again, this time the main difference is the shape of the photo… and I am having a hard time deciding between the two…. any thoughts?

This one is pretty much not going to make the cut, but I thought I would put it in and see if there were any votes for this one being in the show.

There are several digital variations of this one… but this is the only film one that I really like. It has a bizarre narrative feel to it. But I don’t know if it fits. OK… so I have to choose by tomorrow, so start casting your votes. Don’t worry about how many or what size… just tell me what you like and what you don’t.

About the author paige green

Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.

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  1. OK, so before i ramble on and on, my vote is for the last one. i can’t tell you why, only that it’s uber interesting and totally says femme fatale to me.
    2nd place is the first one of just the femme herself although dosn’t get the gender roles thing across. and my third choice is them looking straight at the camera in teh picture frame. the heart nipples are not only hilarious but they could be interpreted as some sort of femme fatale symbolism, were I a symbolist, which i’m not.
    You are fabulous!


  2. I’m voting for the third pic and then the first. Or maybe the 2nd photo of Honey D from last march 19th…


  3. I vote for the one just with the femme by herself with the lantern…is the title “I’m looking for an honest man” reminiscent of the Greek philosopher Diogenes? That’s how it really struck me! The others are hilarious, but I really like the parody play on Diogenes.



  4. Tie vote for #3 and the last one. #3 cause she’s got this sly look in her eyes and he’s in this vulnerable cuddly starry boobed pose. HA. The last is fantastic – so well staged. Well done.


  5. i go for the last one. i think there’s are a lot of things going on, in a good way. the more u look into the photo, the more information you find. and i like how her legs mimic his legs. hope that helps. good luck!


  6. hey lovely
    my favorite is no. 6 – fantastic picture. then no. 3 – is great and fits very well with the femme fatal idea to me, maybe even more then no 6.
    These look great and so much fun. lots of love from gray london


  7. I like the last one


  8. Shit. I meant to post on this yesterday. I vote for the one of the man in the red velvet coat. Although they are all brilliant.


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