SEE! Tassle-twirling thrills! SEE! Ass-shaking action! SEE! A high-voltage Super 8 homage to the grinding girls of yesteryear!
By Sarah Piantadosi
Sarah Piantadosi loves punk rock and leather chaps, preferably at the same time. And as a photographer, she loves to subvert her beautiful, almost classic fashion imagery with this unruly, fetishistic spirit; it’s what makes her work so striking, and why we always obsess over her shoots for Another Man. For the record, Sarah also takes a mean portrait; she took mine. Taking it turned into a fun afternoon in her East London lock-up-cum-studio, blasting the late, great Lux Interior’s 1984 radio broadcast The Purple Knif Show, discussing our shared love for his band The Cramps, and the white heat of his guitar-slinging wife Poison Ivy. On the covers of their psychotronic albums and on stage performing – I saw The Cramps twice at the much-missed Astoria in London; both utterly transformative experiences – dressed as a wild go-go dancer or a glossy dominatrix, Poison Ivy always emitted a searing defiance behind the playfulness.
I mention this as that’s what went through my mind when I first watched Sarah’s Super 8 film Slick Dicks, starring her friend Sarah Parsons dancing to the thrash punk of Good Throb. It also reminded me of an old Bettie Page 8mm reel I have in my collection. I found it at Portobello Market; more specifically, at the bottom of a damp cardboard box on Golborne Road, hidden underneath 1940s seaside postcards and chipped cups and saucers. It’s probably a ‘bathtub dupe’ – bootleggers would develop copies of the original in their bathtubs – and it features a simple enough set-up – Bettie writhing on the floor, topless, playing with a wagon wheel – but the raw DIY delight of the whole thing is irresistible. Sarah’s film has that too.
Peep Show Reel
Sarah Piantadosi is a London-based photographer and filmmaker, working across fashion, portraiture and advertising. She regularly contributes editorial to publications including Another Man, Re-Edition, Interview, W Magazine and American Vogue. She has shot campaigns for clients such as Alexander McQueen McQ, Hugo Boss, Barneys New York, Selfridges, Saks Fifth Avenue and Topman. As well as directing videos for SHOWstudio and the band Wild Daughter, Sarah has published two art zines: Milk Jagger and The City is Abstract.