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Hula photography
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Joined: Aug 06, 2003
Posts: 480
From: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Posted: 2007-01-12 1:20 pm   Permalink

Kim Taylor Reece..ok, was interesting 20 years ago, heavy YAWN factor today..same ol', same ol' b&w traditional posed hula shots. And he is sue crazy.
Amongst the tiki crowd, those pictures drawing the most praise tend to be of Tahitian type costuming...big headdresses, tasssles, coconut bras, etc. It's a very fetching look.
Personally, it would be refreshing to see some work which also celebrates the "undercelebrated" attractiveness of the male Polynesian dancers. Would be nice to see a book with both for all tastes. I've never understood why "kitsch" generally has such a large gay component to it, yet "tiki" seems to have remained very heterosexually oriented. So many of the artists, writers, etc who contributed to the "romance" of the South Seas were gay. I guess that's a subject for further socialogical study for someone.....sometime.

Paradise is a state of mind.

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