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Title: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on February 28, 2015, 10:14:26 PM
I'm having a new bathroom fitted in 2 weeks and looking for wall art ideas......how mad u may ask as I have my own wall art website......but I have an idea and wanna run it by u guys for comments. I have an old Victorian terraced town house and getting a traditional style Victorian bathroom. For wall art I'm thinking of some old Victorian erotica prints in sepia...nothing p*rnographic obviously  but the tittalating stuff  that was classed as rude in its day. A boob, a shoulder, a butt cheek, someone maybe taking a stocking off.....kinda what the butler saw through the keyhole!

Does it sound OK or corny? I might even see if I can get a studio and take my own using the same idea.

Comments please? Can u picture it? Am I mad? Would it work?
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: kerbside on February 28, 2015, 10:43:03 PM
For wall art I'm thinking of some old Victorian erotica prints in sepia...nothing p*rnographic obviously  but the tittalating stuff  that was classed as rude in its day. A boob, a shoulder, a butt cheek, someone maybe taking a stocking off.....kinda what the butler saw through the keyhole!

I might even see if I can get a studio and take my own using the same idea.


If you are going to take YOUR OWN boob, shoulder or buttock then that should be fun.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on February 28, 2015, 10:56:24 PM
Jeff I don't own a wide angled lens!
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: spikeyjen on February 28, 2015, 11:38:17 PM
I think it's a great idea Chris, so long as it's done well, and should be fun creating them. No one says what you should or should not have in your own home. I'm sure that there are some photographers that do this where you can steal some ideas as well. Not sure how you might go getting some props but it would be fun to do.
No - not corny at all.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on February 28, 2015, 11:46:02 PM
Thanks Spikeyjen. I can't find a studio near me that I could use but have found some prints for a very reasonable price. Will be hard putting up someone else's art though! Even if I had access to a studio I might struggle for a model. Props I will have no issue with!
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: spikeyjen on March 01, 2015, 12:22:44 AM
Perhaps you could do it without a model and just use the props, with a 'suggestive' photo as one of your props. I agree, it's hard to put someone else's work on your wall, unless it has some meaning.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Oldboy on March 01, 2015, 12:48:03 AM
Even if I had access to a studio I might struggle for a model.

Try the old peoples home!  :P

I'm sure you must have friends who go to vicars and tarts parties. The tarts would be ideal and would be happy to be photographed if they can have a print afterwards.  :tup:
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: ABERS on March 01, 2015, 08:44:12 AM
What people get up to in their bathroom is their business!  8)

Athena posters spotted this market way back in the 60's - 70's.

If you are determined to go down the prurient route all well and good. If however you want a 'Victorian Feel' to the decor I would suggest you spend a day at the Beamish Museum, which is near to you at Chester-Le- Street, and there you would find all sorts Victoriana, which if photographed sympathetically would make some suitable wall art. What is 'wall art'? I take it to be pictures hung on a wall.

Just a thought.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Reinardina on March 01, 2015, 09:27:01 AM
Yes Alan, wall art is the new name, for things you hang on the wall to decorate your home (or garden).
Not to be confused with real high art; I don't think a Vermeer is classed as wall art. A bit like costume jewellery v. the real stuff, I suppose.

I assume bathroom here, means bathroom, rather than just the lavatory? (You English still regularly confuse me.)

How steamy is your bathroom Chris? And I mean it literally. Mine is fully tiled, and gets quite steamed up after a prolonged hot shower, even with the window open.

Even if yours does not get visibly 'steamy,' there will be moisture, so you'll have to make sure you get something that can withstand that. Unless you don't mind replacing them on a regular basis. (In which case cost comes into it, but you can also use different images, to create a continuously changing exhibition.)

I'm not sure this type of soft focused sepia images, will look good in 'weather proof' (laminated/block print/aluminium print) versions.
These should last longer, but would they do the subject justice? I think they might look harsh.

Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on March 01, 2015, 10:50:14 AM
Thanks guys - Abers - yes beamish is inspirational but I can't think of anything there that would fit a bathroom decor. By wall art, yes simply something that hangs on the wall. Reinardina, I will be having an extractor fan that comes on when light goes on so little moisture (I hope). My loo isn't in my bathroom. I have a thing about loos and bathing not going together!
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Beaux Reflets on March 01, 2015, 11:26:49 AM
Some rounded beach pebbles with the sea washing over - in Sepia with a misty DOF and the odd shadow from glass imperfection etc., with or without a touch of 'colour wash' added in places (Over painting prints was a Victorian thing for those with the money)   ;)
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on March 01, 2015, 03:45:16 PM
Beux. Would that work in a traditional Victorian bathroom do u think?
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Beaux Reflets on March 01, 2015, 04:11:42 PM
Do not see why not with the right framing - Alternatively, you could always get your family kitted out in Victorian beach wear and take a few shots of them paddling beneath a Pier at the sea side or posing in or near some running water.  ;)

Nothing ventured....as they say.... and more exciting than a photograph of a bar of Soap from that era  ;D

Not to forget ; With long exposure times of that era folks faces tend to look quite serious or stern  :)
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on March 01, 2015, 04:59:07 PM
I had thought of the beach idea Beaux...but NO WAY would my family brave the North East England coast this time of year!
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Oldboy on March 01, 2015, 08:48:46 PM
Nothing ventured....as they say.... and more exciting than a photograph of a bar of Soap from that era  ;D


The Pear's soap adverts of the time are wonderful and full of humour. http://search.aol.co.uk/aol/image?page=4&v_t=na&q=pears+soap+old+adverts&oreq=843cc5d537e6425c9406c9d43a5da266   ;D
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on March 01, 2015, 10:20:43 PM
Those are really great Old boy!
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Oldboy on March 01, 2015, 11:04:00 PM
Those are really great Old boy!

I thought you might like them.  :tup:

They used to appear in the old Punch magazines so that's how I know about them.  ;D
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on March 01, 2015, 11:05:47 PM
I still like my sepia victorian erotica..........might have to alternate!
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Oldboy on March 02, 2015, 09:10:11 AM
I still like my sepia victorian erotica..........might have to alternate!

Yes, you can still have your erotica but with a soap theme.  8)
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Beaux Reflets on March 02, 2015, 09:52:29 AM
Nothing ventured....as they say.... and more exciting than a photograph of a bar of Soap from that era  ;D


The Pear's soap adverts of the time are wonderful and full of humour. http://search.aol.co.uk/aol/image?page=4&v_t=na&q=pears+soap+old+adverts&oreq=843cc5d537e6425c9406c9d43a5da266   ;D


DD must be fully armed now with ideas buzzing around - Packaging and adverts for soap in those days were delightful - Are those Golden translucent Amber bars of soap still in the shops?

When the jobs done, you will have to upload a shot of your bathroom Chris  :tup: 
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: oggalily on March 02, 2015, 04:05:19 PM
Hey DD, here's my view.  You're a great photographer with a fun idea and you have a wall art website.  You'd be selling yourself short if you deny yourself the opportunity of making a project of it.  You don't really need a studio - I'm sure you can mock something up at home, particularly if you are taking tightly cropped shots - and you can find a model on Model Mayhem, Purple Port or other social media sites (or even in the mirror if you dare, will make for interesting dinner party conversation when your guests use the loo).  You might even get a model to work for free in exchange for edited shots.  I have done this several times and can give you tips if you need.  And assuming it all works out, you can sell the prints on your site.    Everybody wins.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Reinardina on March 02, 2015, 05:29:15 PM
If you sell the pictures, you'd better get a model release form, I think. Just in case.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Oldboy on March 02, 2015, 05:45:02 PM
Are those Golden translucent Amber bars of soap still in the shops?

Here you go.  :D  http://www.pearsinternational.com/   :tup:
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: jinky on March 02, 2015, 05:58:05 PM
Hey DD, here's my view.  You're a great photographer with a fun idea and you have a wall art website.  You'd be selling yourself short if you deny yourself the opportunity of making a project of it.  You don't really need a studio - I'm sure you can mock something up at home, particularly if you are taking tightly cropped shots - and you can find a model on Model Mayhem, Purple Port or other social media sites (or even in the mirror if you dare, will make for interesting dinner party conversation when your guests use the loo).  You might even get a model to work for free in exchange for edited shots.  I have done this several times and can give you tips if you need.  And assuming it all works out, you can sell the prints on your site.    Everybody wins.

Bang on Ogga. As R says too - I`m sure any model would ask anyway - get a release form signed too. I`ve managed to get free models and even free studio / space by just talking to the right people / using the right sites. Go wit what you wanted to do. You can join MM - do a casting call stating what you are after having first sussed out how / where you want to do it. Any bathroom stores locally - small independents? They might give you space in return for a few product shots for them. I got free use of a favourite venue in Leeds just asking for a trade and they didn`t even ask for a lot of shots in return.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: oggalily on March 02, 2015, 06:06:36 PM
As for the release, I use an app called EasyRelease (I have an iPhone, not sure about Android).  It really is easy, just fill in a few fields and they can sign with their finger.
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: DigiDiva on March 02, 2015, 06:50:26 PM
I don't trust my photo skills enough in a studio environment.......... Hmmmmmmm lots to think about
Title: Re: Bathroom Art Advice
Post by: Oldboy on March 02, 2015, 11:50:08 PM
I don't trust my photo skills enough in a studio environment.......... Hmmmmmmm lots to think about

Be brave and just go for it! It's only by trying that we learn. You have the eye and the rest is easier that you think.  :tup: