Portraits Of Retired Playboy Bunnies

Portraits Of Retired Playboy Bunnies

What happens to Playboy Bunnies after they retire? Most of them are never heard from. Photographer, Robyn Twomey, decided to take a portrait series showcasing these women. No retouching was done to the whole set to make sure realism is maintained. 

Robyn really brought out as much personality as possible with these portraits. These photos were taken at the Playboy Bunny reunion in Las Vegas. Robyn states, “They are complex characters that are proud and empowered by their beauty and sexuality, at the same time stricken by the fleeting nature of it.”

You can check out more of Robyn's work here on her website:

http://www.robyntwomey.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Via Design Taxi via Eikona via Robyn]

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It's definitely not Playboy quality on the light setting in these photos. I feel sorry for the beautiful ladies - they have deserved better.

Nikola Milasevic's picture

I agree-as if the intention of the photog was to make those lovely ladies as 'worn out' as possible-not fair and not polite. Maybe she (I mean the photog) was envious of their beauty ??

Darren Williams's picture

well this is a fail...

I think it would have been a little more insulting trying to make these women look like something that they're not and post process the crap out of them to make them look "young" again.  They're not young, they are old.  These pics show the stark contrast of what once was.  These images look and feel real and I appreciate that the photographer didn't try to cover the old up with beauty lighting and post process work.

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This

Photography has gotten so post process happy that some can't appreciate an image for exactly what it is....makes me wonder if their wives are developing a complex ;-)

Good lighting has nothing to do with post process....

Do you have any concept what goes into the lighting of a playboy shoot? A dozen assistants and multiple lights for every assistant. Then hours in post retouching the photos (with an airbrush back in their day; Photoshop now). It is incredibly unrealistic to expect the same production values from a project like this (with no paying subscribers to fund it), and particularly when the point is to contrast those production values and women in their prime with the realities of life (which includes poor lighting more often than not). 

Just ridiculous criticism revealing an incredibly limited world view. 

 Being old doesn't mean not caring for flatering light.

In the first ones, it looks like he used bare flash only. Not the best result here.

the background changes tonality which makes our eyes leave the subjects (on the fisrt 5 of them).

It seems to be better for the next ones but still... why the change in lighting? The series Is a great idea and there is alot to do with it, but it isn't tied together well enough for my taste...

 "It's definitely not Playboy quality on the light setting in these photos."

"I agree-as if the intention of the photog was to make those lovely ladies as 'worn out' as possible-not fair and not polite"

" think it would have been a little more insulting trying to make these
women look like something that they're not and post process the crap out
of them to make them look "young" again."

-No one said make them look young, they commented on the lighting and unnecessarily making them look more worn out intentionally.

Look at 1, 2, 4, 6, 10, and even 11.  No effort is made to capture their beauty, solely their age, which makes it seem like a predisposed goal from the outset. 

You should always aim to capture your subjects' inner beauty, period.  Doing so, doesn't solely require working in Photoshop to make a workable image....

Nobody is talking about airbrushing them. To me, the photos try to make them look worn-out. Take the photo of the lady in black, with the playboy logo, against that poor looking background. Don't tell me you would take a photo like that of a celebrity, for example.

I don't mind the "realism" aspect of the project, but at least light it well.
 

As everyone else has said, the lighting is dire. 

Snapshot, Uncle Bob lighting would have made these women look rough even at their younger best. This is a bullshit disrespectful project.

All the ladies are super HOT!!!!!!

Ana's picture

The problem is not only the lighting; some of these pictures are a bit out of focus and not well composed. I understand that sometimes the project requires a Photoshop free image, but in this case the photographer could have used some better techniques that don't have anything to do with post processing.

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