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Beijing Goes (Garage) Glamour!
Old 11-05-2005, 11:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got an email about a year and a half ago from a book editor in The People's Republic, it was hard to figure out exactly what they wanted, but it was pretty clear that money was no object. Why you ask? Because like editors everywhere they had no money! But what the hey, when you get to share your work with 1,400,000,000 of your closest friends, why not? Anyway, the emails explaining everything strongly resembled an original text written in Mandarin and then translated into English using "Bablefish". But what it seemed to come down to is that they wanted swimsuit pictures to be published in book form. Then they narrowed that to "bikini pictures" and got upset when I forwarded a one piece shot (and a few "South Beach One Piece" swimsuit shots. "Which piece do you want? Top or bottom?") Then I got what seemed to be a series of questions to answer, as I recall they were about my business and how I got started. I think. I lost the original emails (it was over a year ago), but I did forward them to a friend who is looking for them. Finally I got a form asking for a release, then....nothing. Nada.

Soooooo, a year later imagine my surprise when I opened my mail box yesterday to find a package from...... China! Whoooweee! I'm now the internationally published official Miami Bikini Babe Photographer (although in fairness I'm am joined by fellow GG'ers, Mo Martinez and David Fish). The whole thing is a bit of a giggle, but it does speak to something I have been talking about for several years now. 2006 will be a big year for China as it begins opening the Middle Kingdom culturally to the West as part of China's preparations for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. That a country with such a strong social conservative streak (something fairly common among dictatorships) would allow, in fact promote, this symbol of Western decadence is telling about how far China is moving socially. Remember the editor was adamant about "bikini only" in their original requests to me, but they obviously saved some of those first pictures I sent them because that is mostly what they published of my work. Now you'd have to be brain dead not to want a picture of Betcee May in your "Bikini Book", even if she not only isn't wearing a bikini, she's actually not wearing anything at all! (Betcee defines the word Babe, bikini or not.)
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Anyway, as I said this whole thing has been a bit of fun the last couple of days, but I would like to thank Angela Price (Houston), Betcee May (Las Vegas), Crystal Moyer (Jacksonville), Michelle Metcalf (Orlando), Molly Thiemann (Chicago), and Bessie Bardot (Sydney, Australia) for making me look like I know what I'm doing with a camera. (Take pictures of beautiful women and people will think you're a good photographer. That's my plan, and I'm sticking to it!)

By the way, if anyone knows how to read Chinese, I'd kind of like to know what they are saying about me in the book. I'm always curious about how they handled that whole "America's Most Wanted" thingie.

Red Fish

PS: If you haven't noticed, they used my official GG avatar in the book. So I guess this makes Dan Norton (who shot that picture of me) the Official Beijing Bikini Babe Photographer Photographer!
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Re: Beijing Goes (Garage) Glamour!
Old 11-05-2005, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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YEAAAAAAAAAA Way to go John. Hope the future brings you just as much pleasure as this has.

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Old 11-05-2005, 11:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea, it's easy to forget that other countries have access to
your website.
I've had news articles about me in Australia, New Zealand, and
Russia......
Verry interesting.
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Re: Beijing Goes (Garage) Glamour!
Old 11-06-2005, 12:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Congrats...

If you are still looking for someone to hold your reflectors one of these weekends let me know

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Re: Beijing Goes (Garage) Glamour!
Old 11-06-2005, 12:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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How freakin' excellent, Fish! An amazing "tear" and tale about some beautiful images! Way to go!

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Bad joke ahead...
Old 11-06-2005, 12:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Congrats on the overseas publication

here is the bad joke
SO , does that mean your avatar goes by "sushi"over there...

Sorry , it's late ,but I had to ask [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Beijing Goes (Garage) Glamour!
Old 11-06-2005, 01:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Congratulations. Love the yellow bikini pic.
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Well, it\'s like this...
Old 11-06-2005, 01:42 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Well, it's like this. With China manufacturing just about everything coming into the US these days, it was inevitable they start picking up on all aspects of the American culture. I wonder what Victoria's Secret translates into in their pictographs, maybe OO? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]

And then again, some things translate very easily...

Congratulations, they picked some winners to print.
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Re: Beijing Goes (Garage) Glamour!
Old 11-06-2005, 10:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm now the internationally published official Miami Bikini Babe Photographer

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Ah, infusing the ol' resume, eh?

Seriously - I always enjoy your posts. Never would have imagined that anyone could make South Beach, or the model/photographic industry in general, feel like Lake Woebegone, sorta.
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Re: Beijing Goes (Garage) Glamour!
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Amazing photos!
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