We posted a set of videos released by Pathé News, part of their 85,000 reels released, but this one really stood out to me- it's hilarious. I'll add that I've taught and taken quite a few photo workshops in my day, but I would kill to know what that instructor was saying to his students and the models. Let's break this video down shall we?
Some things I noticed and learned while watching this 1 minute and 31 second video:
- More of us need to wear sweet sport coats with "official photographer" on the sleeve
- People actually dressed pretty nicely in comparison to today
- That instructor is awfully handsy with those models, don't you think? At 42 seconds, is he checking the muscle structure in her leg? Possibly performing some physical therapy?
- Why is that woman in the white bathing suit holding that beach ball in the air like Atlas?
- I like the snarky and somewhat sexually charged announcer that assumes all of the guys in this class are extremely distracted by the models
- At 1 minute, is the guy on the left in the white shirt taking a photo of the instructor's butt? That lens is way too wide to get any shot of the model.
- At 46 seconds, hey that little girl stole the ball of the woman in the white bathing suit!
- Is it just me or do the models look a tad terrified?
- What is a red coat?
- I wonder what the prize is?
According to the British Pathe youtube account:
"M/S of a group of amateur photographers and Redcoats with cameras at a holiday camp; the Official Photographer removes the lens cover from one man's camera. Commentator says the Camp Photographers advise holidaymakers on the best way to take their own personal photos.
M/S of their subject; a buxom blonde girl with highly back combed hair, wearing a white swimsuit and holding an inflatable beach ball above her head; the Official Photographer adjusts her pose and holds a light meter next to her. One of the photographers is brought forward to take a photo.
M/S as the Official Photographer adjusts the pose of another girl in shorts and a top; three of the men crouch down to photograph her.
M/S as two girls, one in a swimsuit, one in a bikini, pose beside a swimming pool; another Official Photographer adjusts their poses (they like doing this, don't they?!) and holds a light meter beside them. M/S of a crowd of men and women with cameras; some receive instruction from the Officials. They snap away at the posing girls.