Idly checking my blog stats this morning, I clicked on a strange referrer address used by two visitors. It turned out to be a comprehensive list of seemingly every possible web site that could interest someone browsing ch*ld p*rn – including mine.
I’m not naive: this is a rare overground blog devoted to images, information and links featuring girls – anybody with a prurient interest in them can also find it through the wide variety of images – available on normal search engines – that I’ve previously posted here. One of the bloggers that I admire the most dismissed (in a friendly manner) my content as “eye-candy” – and I partly agree. See the “About” page for my cultural/sociological position, but I’ll repeat that all the images here are taken from completely appropriate sources, and that the emphasis is on presenting the models – both fashion and purely photographic – as human beings, with names and families and contexts, and secondly on identifying the photographers (difficult tho’ it sometimes is with fashion images), and on linking wherever possible to the original source. I think that girls are special, beautiful and eternally fascinating, or I wouldn’t be doing this – and, like you selecting photos of your actual or putative daughter to put in an album, I choose what I find to be the most attractive and characteristic shots – call it eye-candy if you will.
Pinterest is full of boards where broody young women pin photos of pretty girls, as examples of how they imagine (or at least hope) their future daughter will look: there aren’t any plain or homely ones, despite the fact that in reality they’ll love them however they look. Tiffany Beveridge, the pinner who got a book deal following the popularity of her board My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter – invented Quinoa: the eponymous daughter, using her to poke fun at the more arty excesses of girls’ fashion shots. What struck me was how incredibly good she was at identifying beautiful, quirky images of lovely models – and in fact I must have used half-a-dozen to initiate various posts. Her daughter wasn’t going to be plain, even if she was imaginary – and even if the point was meant to be the pretentiousness of the image, not the attractiveness of the girl…..
The girl in the original image at the top of the post? I’d hope she was a good example of what I’m trying to achieve: she’s a lovely girl, with a captivating shy, unassuming smile and beautiful brown eyes. I found the image on a repost site some time ago, and searched in vain for a source – so I didn’t post it. Now for some reason a site that uses Google image search – Ctrlq.org – came up with a Flickr origin, and a reputable user. She’s a Brazilian photographer (the user account being called Mama eu Quero – see below for image-link) of mainly girls’ fashion events- and the image is of a little runway model walking for the Cris Barros Mini label (equally Brazilian), taken during the Sony Fashion Weekend event in 2012 in São Paolo. Looking at the other images from the event, there aren’t any I’d add to the picture above: it’s a one-off bit of portraiture serendipity, in a sweet but repetitive series of little models traipsing down the catwalk.
It’s primarily an artistic choice, informed by my personal preferences – and logically they aren’t only artistic. I know it’s fatuous to print big disclaimers saying “Go Away – No Inappropriate Images Here” etc., when you can’t enforce them – but here goes:
BOO!! GO AWAY – NO INAPPROPRIATE IMAGES HERE
…..and I’ll leave it as a sticky post until I’ve got sick of it… My ongoing hope has always been that if by chance one of the models featured followed up on her image posted here, she’d be pleasantly surprised by a respectful, appreciative acknowledgement of her work, and of her personally. So far it’s only happened with girls who’ve been depicted on amateur/semi-professional photographer-parent photostreams on Flickr: having a monitory opening post isn’t going to be the most welcoming experience for them, or any other visitor – I’m really depressed and despondent: but hey-ho, on we go….