I love my job! I’m hard-pressed to think of a better way to spend a couple of hours than to “work” on viewing this exquisite DVD. This latest contribution by the masterful photographer is aptly titled “Living Through Steve Diet Goedde.” Many reviewers of his work have praised his ability to capture the feeling of immediacy and intimacy on film; this DVD takes that notion a few steps further.
The nine galleries take the viewer on a kind of ambient tour of delicious images of fantastical women. The range of models covers a lot of ground: from long and lean to curvy and supple, latex superheroes, purring kitten pin-up girls, and brooding vixens. The main thread in all of the images is Steve’s vision. As Dita Von Teese says in her interview, “He is trying to look inside you- whether it be a contemplative moment…or (while) being outrageous.” The photos are a collection of Steve’s famous photos, plus archival material and work created exclusively for the DVD.
The images organically blend from one into another, spending time focusing on one part of an image, then panning out to show us the whole picture. The original music was sexy, while not overpowering or distracting from the main content. The galleries with the music would be great to play at your next cocktail party as much as just taking in the stylish beauty all by yourself. The interviews with Steve and the models are an at-ease and off-the-cuff method of capturing the essence of what it is like to be there at those photo shoots. The models are sweet and sincere, and don’t sound like the annoying brown-nosers you end up encountering on many DVD -extras interviews. These gals are sure of themselves, comfortable in their own sexuality, and pleased as punch to talk about their positive modeling experiences with Steve. Steve is often there, sitting beside them, offering his perspectives with his signature quiet humor and wit. Have you ever fantasized about being the lucky bastard who takes these ladies’ photos? I sure have. There is an especially dreamy featurette where Steve arrives on the scene of a photo shoot, on a beach with the ocean breezes blowing, a hot ’49 Buick holding a sexy woman in a slinky pin-up girl outfit, with another adorable lady applying make-up to the model. Everyone looks relaxed and playful and once the shooting starts, stills from the session flash before us with delightful abandon. Even though it is a fantastical set-up, the whole scene rings true and honest. The colors are rich and the images are classy, flirty and timeless. Irresistible. Who wouldn’t want to be Steve on a day like that?
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