We asked Cindy why she had created the contest.
"My idea for the Passion for Pin-ups contest came about after general dissatisfaction with a previous, similar contest I hosted earlier in the year. Although some of the art was beautifully done most of it was badly composed and very few pieces resembled what would be considered classic pin-up style. For that contest I allowed any member of Fine Art America to vote. So, I decided to host another contest, with a panel of eight jurors/judges to decide the winning pieces, and this time around I was more brutal in the weeding out process. This method worked out well and in the end we had some fantastic pin-up art to vote for, as you can see by the quality of the winning pieces.
"The internet and art sites have been inundated and flooded with 'art' which is quite often just glorified pornography. I personally don't have a problem with porn and feel it does have its place in society, with limits, but it seemed that the art of the tease was being lost. Pin-up art portrays a more innocent sexuality that is attractive, appealing and fun, and this was my effort to help in the process of reviving it."
The standard of entries was high but here are the winners!
|1st Place - Gary Heller | Gary Heller Photography|
"My work is most always inspired by light and shadow, shapes and definition as well as character and mood."
New York photographer Gary Heller first picked up a camera around ten years ago, shooting urban and rural scenes. His work in this genre clearly demonstrates his striking command of texture and light. More recently he started to explore portraiture, pin-up and fetish achieving some stunning results. His winning photograph of model Jade Vixen is a superb example of contemporary pin-up, combining a touch of fetish with a vintage vibe.
1st Place - "Jade Vixen Bubblegum Erotic Pin-up 1098" | Buy this print
|2nd Place - Jeff Thrower | Jeff Thrower Photography|
"I have a very strong passion for photography and design. My work is very detail orientated when it comes to capturing a beautiful and unique piece of art. I am very open-minded and think outside the box. I believe that by having these traits, it helps my work to stand out, attract attention and make it memorable to others."
2nd Place - "White Wall Pin-up Girl" | Buy this print
|3rd Place - Kevin Clark | Kevin Clark Pin-up Artist|
"I look to find not just an interesting image, but something that tells the viewer a bit about the model - perhaps a glimpse into her soul if we're lucky."
3rd Place - "Whoa Nellie" | Buy this print
Want to know more? Go to the Passion for Pin-ups website.