Monday, September 10, 2012


Pictures of Girls Being Girls

TMN: When you’re photographing teenage girls, what do you identify with most?
Melissa Ann Pinney: Their sense of fun and intimacy together.
TMN: What do you identify with least?
Melissa Ann Pinney: Leaving the house with intentionally visible bra and bra straps.

The Morning News has a combination interview and photo show with the talented photographer Melissa Ann Pinney, whose most recent book, Girl Ascending is, per TMN, "a glowing tribute to girlhood's private spaces." (!) More pictures from the book can be found here.

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okay but as long as the visible bra straps are clear plastic it's cool right?


I think I just figured it out: under-18s must have really bad vision and actually can't see the clear plastic. WE HAVE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT EVERYONE ELSE CAN SEE IT!!


The way I see it, if you're wearing a top with sheer panels on the shoulders, you can get away with clear bra straps.
Any other situation: nope.


LIKE...Good one @v


Her answers, short as they were, made me really, really like her.

"When are children at their most noble?"
"When they're with animals."

fondue with cheddar

@olivebee I just met my brother's family's new dog, a rescue with a ratty, too-short coat, prominent ribs, bad teeth, and a persistent cough. After watching my 5-year-old niece with him I must agree with this.

Oh, and he's also got a knee that likes to dislocate itself. He pops it back in on his own like it's no big deal.


@olivebee My experience working in public nature houses would argue with that one. For some kids, it seems like animals really bring out their cruel streak.

fondue with cheddar

@MilesofMountains Good point. I guess animals are a good litmus test of what kind of person the child is. Do they snuggle cats or do they kick them? Do they pull the legs off daddy long legs or do they build terrariums for them?


The girl in the middle of the volleyball team portrait looking sad while two apparent sets of friends have fun on either side of her makes me sad.


@Scandyhoovian Her expression is so perfect. I love how she feels no need to hide what she's thinking at all.

conniving little shit

@Scandyhoovian she looks more exasperated than sad, which is how i felt at most high school sporting events

maybe partying will help

I think I need to get this book even though it will probably make me cry buckets.


I couldn't get the link to work to see more of Ms. Pinney's pictures. Can anyone post a working link here for me? :)

fondue with cheddar

Just this weekend I was at a high school football game, and ended up sitting among the teens. There were a whole bunch of girls with visible bra straps (not clear plastic) but it didn't look so bad because they were teeny thin straps.

When your bra strap is 3/4" wide it just looks sloppy. :(

baked bean

@jen325 College girls show their bras all the time too. And there are so many cute tops I want but am like, "No, my bra will show if I wear that." Because strapless bras are bitches.

TOP DESIGNERS WHY U NO MAKE THEM WORK WITH REGULAR BRAS? Like, fuck racer-backs, make them go where the bra straps are so I don't have to buy a special bra.

fondue with cheddar

@baked bean Fuck special bras. Regular bras are hard enough to buy. That's why I don't wear cute tops.



When I was in the fifth grade, one of my best friends (who still holds that title today) came to school in a spaghetti-strap shirt with a sports bra underneath.

Us: "Everyone can see your bra!"
Her: "My mom said it's okay because the layered look is in these days."

We still give her shit.

baked bean

@itiresias Dude when I was in 5th grade the girls would all feel my back all the time to see if I was wearing a bra yet because I was the only one that wasn't :(
Even though 80% of them didn't need one yet either.


At the risk of sounding callous, it is just me who finds teenagers (both male and female) incredible uninteresting? Yes, okay, the emotional ups and downs, coming of age, etc., but none of it is really unique or special, and most of us healthy adults no longer fixate on the pitfalls or even the triumphs of that time of our lives. Sorry, I just don't feel like teen-ness is that interesting of a point in life... you grow up and move on, and I think most of us are happy about that. My current life at 27 is by no means perfect, but I'd never trade who I am now for being a teenager again.

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