Jonathan Fin is a Chicago photographer with a super edgy and original idea: taking pictures of women in sexy underwear on the train. Unfortunately, too many dense bitches don't understand the bracing integrity of Fin's vision, including a reporter who interviewed him about it. Understandably, he was forced to reach out to that reporter afterwards to call her "cunty."
Mina Bloom at DNAInfo Chicago wrote today about Fin's ongoing project, which involves taking photos of women in lingerie aboard the Chicago Transit Authority's subway trains. Okay, well, it doesn't "involve" that. It is that. That's the whole thing. Fin has dubbed the project "CT&A."
Here's everything you will ever need to know about Fin and his work, from Bloom's story:
Fin, who likens himself to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner because he said he "empowers women," quit his full-time job six months ago after having worked in advertising for 10 years. That's when he started to devote the majority of his time to comedic videos, among other projects, he said. He is in the process of launching a website, sexysubwaygirls.com.
Many of his videos are undeniably "edgy," he said.
For example, in his video series, "Tips or T—-?," models answer the door when a delivery man arrives and she offers either a cash tip or to flash her breasts. Fin charges $5 per episode and $50 for an all-access package, which includes every uncensored episode.
"This whole thing was a social experience, a prank that I had. Then I was like, 'Holy s—-, the reactions are so good," said Fin, who said the delivery drivers weren't aware of the stunt in advance. "I knew this had legs."
Fin adds that anyone who's offended by his work or maybe would rather get from Points A to B without sitting next to the first five minutes of a low-budget porn movie is "just jealous," telling Bloom, "It's all because women want to look like that model or they want to be at least as confident as she is to be able to let it go and do a photo shoot in their lingerie. People are jealous that they aren't confident enough and attractive enough. It's a shame."
Cool, cool. The women in his photos do look great and we hope they're getting compensated very well (if not, ladies, with all this publicity, maybe it's time to discuss a new pay-scale with Fin?) And after all, no one has ever photographed artistic nudes in public places before. Except maybe Spencer Tunick, who's been making gorgeous photos of large groups of nude figures since Fin was a baby advertiser. And no one's ever taken nude photos in an edgy or confrontational way before — except, again, maybe someone like Holly Van Voast, who came up with the persona of a "nude papparazzo" and did a series of fascinating photo shoots for years around New York City, photos that not infrequently got her arrested and involuntarily committed to mental institutions.
Anyway, back to Jonathan Fin's super good idea, which the CTA says they're investigating; a spokeswoman tells Bloom, "We object to the use of CTA property to film without authorization and will investigate this matter."
Bloom tell us she and Fin initially interacted via Facebook, then she conducted a phone interview with him. Afterwards, in an odd interaction that with hindsight we might call foreshadowing, he told her, "I record all of my phone calls, including ours. I hope you don't mind."
The story came out and Fin was unhappy. This morning, he sent her some very mature and thoughtful Facebook messages:
"Jelly's" meaning one of the dumb broads who's just jealous they can't star in Fin's personal subway-themed fantasies, see.
If you'd like to be one of Fin's lovely ladies or if you have any critiques on his art—he loves criticism and he handles it super well!—his Model Mayhem profile is here.
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