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Friday, October 7, 2011

Venus from the rear: Scarlett Johansson

Agent DVD took Agent Triple P out for an enjoyable dinner last night.  We had not seen each other for some time as Triple P has been in Istanbul and Agent DVD has been in the Pyrénées Orientales, in France.  One topic which came up was the fact that he had missed the news about Scarlett Johansson's mobile phone being hacked and nude self-portraits of her being stolen. 

Not surprisingly, Miss Johansson is very upset about this invasion of privacy but, fortunately for the rest of us, the pictures concerned are fabulous.  Or, rather, one of them is.  The one of her bust, nice though it is, is just a conventional view of a pretty, topless girl with that strange, dominating arm that mobile phone self portraits always have.

The one at the top of this post is, however, a minor masterpiece, however inadvertant.  Miss Johansson's glacially beautiful face dominates the right hand third of the picture.  The left hand third is blank giving the composition an uncrowded sense of space. The centre of the triptych contains a wonderful rear view of the actress; all the more senuously revealing because of the swathe of material that she appears to be emerging from, like a butterfly from a chrysalis.  Concealing her front revealing her rear. The camera arm, in this mirror shot, is unobtrusive and by following her eyeline you are brought directly to that perfect posterior.  It is, appropriately, rather like a seventeenth century Dutch interior in its formal composition.  The limited colour palette is remiscent of the cool pastel-shaded interior nudes by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi.

So if you are going to end up with a nude picture of yourself leaking onto the internet at least this one is a splendid picture which makes you look wonderful rather than some unflattering photo that could damage your image. 


  1. Great post! Ms. Scarlett Johansson has nothing to be ashamed about!

  2. I couldn't agree more about the mirror shot. It's fantastic.

    I hope you've noticed my appeal for a finer scan of your Candy Collins shot. (I think it's in... Pubic Wars '75, part 2... which I can't get to come up this evening.)

  3. PW 75 part 2 will be offline for a few days. When I went back there there are some coding errors in it so am taking the opportunity to rebuild it and add more material. Have got a slightly bigger CC shot but its not on the PB website that one (too naughty!) so all I can do is scan from the magazine and it was right in the middle of their soft-focus stage!

  4. That reminds me of another great image that I've never found on their site--another come-hither rear view. It was of Debi Nicolle (sp?) Johnson, who was a playmate in... 1984, I think. It ran as a two-page spread and was supremely sexy. Do you have that one? --Thanks.

  5. Miss Johnson is now displayed in all her loveliness. good choice!

  6. Scarlett has every right to be proud of her exquisite body. She certainly knew what she was doing when she took them. I'm sorry her privacy was violated but these are wonderful photos of her.