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The unveiling of Kelly Mittendorf

She set herself apart from the very early stages of her modeling career, owning a strong look that some even dared define as eerie, but even they meant it as the best compliment possible. Kelly Mittendorf’s enigmatic beauty is what keeps the fashion industry in an awe. Unwrapping the mystery surrounding her name, photographer Michael Donovan captured Kelly’s sexier side for Umno Magazine.
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno
Kelly Mittendorf by Michael Donovan for Umno

Maiden Lane: No holding back

Michael Donovan‘s photography is usually as raw, bold and blunt as it gets, more so when every one of his pictures seems to be carved out from a real-life fantasy that keeps you in a constant awe, striving to find out more, to see more. With a trio of models playing naughty and nice and a full creative team contributing to the puzzling story, Maiden…
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6
Maiden Lane by Michael Donovan for Smug, issue 6

Wild on bear mountain

The wilderness of a state park, mountainous and overgrown, bordered by the cold clear water. Such a setting is want to draw the mind to all things wild and free. While an eclectic series of images starring three different models – Rasa Zukauskaite, Iekeliene Stange and Cora Keegan – Michael Donovan’s shoot Bear Mountain has that theme of wildness as a running thread throughout. It…
NSFW Photo gallery included.

Abby’s got a gun

It takes an American model to rock stars and stripes with such palpable conviction. When it comes to fringed suede hotpants, oversized Western belt buckles and vintage 80s-cut leather jackets there’s an underlying principle that the sexiness of the look is really determined by the sexiness of the person wearing it. Luckily Abby Brothers has everything required: beauty, a sexual confidence that can be turned…
NSFW Photo gallery included.

Forever dark: a shoot that will haunt you

Standing out as a photographer in a world where we all have a camera is a little harder. That’s why we’re more and more seeing the photographer-as-artist creating a unique product by taking different art forms and throwing them together into a collection of beautiful chaos. Michael Donovan is one photographer that’s taken our breaths away in the past with his unique creative effects. You…
NSFW Photo gallery included.

Cutting room collages

Photos get left on the (figurative) cutting room floor all the time. And we’re always fascinated by them: those little fragments of what could have been. But when they’re more than just photos that get left behind, when they’re works of art, then we’re really intrigued. Once again it’s photographer Michael Donovan that’s allowing us a voyeur’s view into the pieces that were born into…
NSFW Photo gallery included.

Naked duplications: Sabrina Nait

The power of the internet means it’s easier than ever to make comparisons between the work of different photographers. Of late that’s equated to debate about copyright and copying – from accusations of plagiarism in Love Magazine to Steven Meisel plagiarising himself (if such a thing is possible). But what happens when it’s not a full concept but an individual shot? This occurred recently when…
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan
Sabrina Nait by Michael Donovan

An open-ended narrative: weekend indulgence

It’s not a generalisation to say that the majority of fashion photo shoots are without a narrative. The primary goal of majority of photo shoots it to highlight new season clothes and accessories – better photo shoots will ensure that they also evoke an emotional response from you the viewer. That’s the majority. At the opposite end of the spectrum, however, are the photo shoots…
NSFW Photo gallery included.

Beguiling bits and pieces

There’s something romantic about a photograph that’s been stuck to the wall with tape for longer than anyone can remember, dog-eared and torn and a fixture that’s become part of a room, imprinted with something so loved or at least so accepted that its subject matter outlives the raggedy paper it’s printed on. Though it’s pages are dark and almost look as if they’ve been…
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan
Sharon K in Bits and Pieces by Michael Donovan

Girls will be boys: androgyny in Creem

A first glance it looks like another sensual guy and girl shoot, one littered with the kind of nudity and erotica the world of fashion has become accustomed to – especially where cross-over art/culture/fashion titles are concerned. But in this shoot for Creem magazine there’s a twist of androgyny, another of the industry’s fascinations right now following on from the success of Andrej Pejic. This…
NSFW Photo gallery included.

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