How’s it hangin’ reader, my name’s Seven and this is my blog. From 27 November to 11 December I’ll be showing some of my Photoshopped pictures in an exhibition at Candle Light Studio. It’s the floor above BarBar on Patpong Soi 2. Feel free to pop on by.
The subject of my series titled “Patpong Dangerous” is a group of gogo dancers who graciously agreed to pose nude for my lens, after which I added some new locales and fine touches to the images to transport these lovely figures to places heretofore unseen. Below is a sample of works that did not make the final cut. Let’s take a gander…
First a quick comment on the cover photo above. It was meant to be part of a collection called “Acute Gogo-Related Erotomania,” a play on the psychological remifications of obsessing over Bangkok pole dancers. It started out as a simple enough idea: superimpose a naked ninja over a Rorschach ink blot, like the example here of Ploy. But as I played around with the idea, the one above morphed over time to switch out the black ink of the blot with the ink of the girs’ back tattoos. Incidentally, the girls are Wan and Praew from King’s Castle 1. In the end, it felt too manufactured. I like how it turned out, but it’s a bit too on the nose. So I cut it. Ploy’s got cut for lack of space to hang it.
These are two versions of a series where I blended a gogo dancer into her own back tattoo. The first one is Sai, from Kiss Bar, and I really wish I could’ve included it, especially since when you stare at it long enough, it starts to look like you’re looking through her tattoo and into outer space. But I couldn’t quite crop it how I wanted, and so I cut it.
The same is true of the 2nd one. That’s Oil, formerly of Electric Blue and now a stay-at-home mom. She made it into another part of the show, so I don’t feel as bad about rejecting this. Maybe I’ll put it on a t-shirt in the future.
I knew I’d snapped a great photo when Wan struck this pose, holding my katana, and I did probably a dozen different versions of it. The one that made it into the exhibition is of her in outer space, but I also did a series with backgrounds of trees that I’d photographed when I was in London a few years ago. I really like this one, but it didn’t really fit any of the motifs I’d created for this show, so it got the axe.
I tried a lot of different things with this photo of Bow, ultimately going with one of her comprised of flames. But before going with fire, I played around with ice. I think I made around 20 versions of Bow on ice that now just take up space on my hard drive. These two came about around half-way through my process with the image.
Maybe I’ll make an audible call in the days before the show and throw in one of the latter versions. I’m ambivalent about it.
This rendering of Miw (of Kiss Bar) with a katana went through several versions before I settled on a less-busy one for the show. But this one was a close second. I really like it, but I don’t know if anyone else would. I’m somewhat disappointed that more of Miw didn’t end up in the show. She has a really interesting face, not to mention an impressive back tattoo that isn’t featured at all.
Rose, who is from The Strip, eventually got naked, but I snapped one photo of her at the start wearing a Japanese robe and swinging the sword like an actual ninja. Later, when I decided to do a series of girls on cakes, this was the first one I made, so I have a soft spot for it, but in the end it just wasn’t that interesting. OK, it’s a girl on a cake. And?
Same with this one of Woon from King’s 1. I must’ve taken 200 photos of her and her friend Som. In the end, they wound up in my Candy-Ass series. I think I rejected this one because proportionally, she’s too big for the cake she’s on. It’s too bad, because her tatoo and rear end are both magnificent.
I put Nan on two cakes. The one that made the cut is much better than this one, though I really like the expression on her face here. And to look at her, Nan kind of seems like she’d taste like a slice of chocolate cake.
This might be my favorite picture. It’s Bum and Oil, both formerly of Electric Blue, both new moms now, but when I took this picture they were just a couple of hot, fit pole kitties. The background is a photo I took from the now-shut Cloud 47 rooftop bar of the Silom skyline and then twisted into a circle. But no matter how much I fucked with it, the image was just too small. All efforts to enlarge it resulted in a shit quality picture, so I dumped it. But maybe it’ll find its way onto a t-shirt eventually.
If you want to see what did make the show, swing by Candle Light Studio between 27/11 and 11/12. All art is for sale and 50% of the profits go directly to the model.