Leena's Burlesque

Holly Hock and Leena Allure’s Burlesque show on Film!

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A while back I posted some videos of Holly Hock and Leena Allure’s burlesque performances from the Rumbleville grand opening celebration.

Well at the same time I was filming the videos I was also shooting some Kodak Tri-X 400 in a Konica BigMini Zoom camera! I recently developed the film using Ilford DD-X. Previously I’ve had thin negatives when using read more

Mac's Bar wall of pinups

Retro Pinups at Mac’s Bar and Rumbleville Underground Clothing


Mac’s Bar (118 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw, MI), Old Town Saginaw’s number one spot for elegantly crafted cocktails and upscale eating, is proud to feature the pinup photography of Darkroomist.com. He has been photographing women in the vintage pinup style since 2003. His images, and his reprints of vintage negatives have a classic, alluring beauty. Its a perfect fit for our establishment and helps patrons fully immerse themselves in the glamor of that a bygone era.

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Motel Pinup 4

Motel Pinup 4


Link is to uncensored version

This is a slight departure from the rest of the Motel Pinup mini-series. Usually I try to incorporate retro lingerie to help define the genre I’m working in and that’s absent from this shot. While shooting in this kitschy motel room I noticed these snow shoes could look like wings with a person between them. The idea for this shot came in a sort of stream-of-consciousness. I asked the model what she though and she liked the idea. The image has a fairy read more

Motel Pinup Maid

Motel Pinup 3


Then next in a mini series of motel pinups. This an image from 35mm film, shot with an EOS 620.

Xaina in a Kitschy motel.

Motel Pinup 2


Then next in a mini series of motel pinups. Model is Xaina. I shot this with a Bronco SQa and printed it 6×6. Film was probably Acros.

Room Service: Motel Pinup

Motel Pinup 1

Every year for ten years now there has been a gather of film photographers in Northern Michigan called Photostock. There are so many great things about this gathering, the people, the talent, the beauty of Northern Michigan, the list goes on. One of the things I’ve enjoyed about it is the kitschy roadside motel that has been the epicenter of most gatherings, The Birchwood Inn.

Most participants stay at the Birchwood and we’ve been an ever increasing percentage of this sold out weekend. read more

.45cal Pinup

From my first pinup shoot. Shot most of it on Efke KB100 because it was cheaper and hadn’t changed since the 40’s. I figured it’d be great stock for a mid-century themed shoot. I still have a few rolls floating around. I was shooting with two cameras at the time. One was a Canon A-1, 50mm/1.8 and a 100mm/2.9. I think I had a Vivitar Series 1 70-210 Zoom too. The other was an EOS 650 with 50mm/1.8, and a 80-200 zoom. Also have a couple holga Pics from this shoot. read more