There are a number of Donna Cole photos floating around the internet. Donna Cole was the name attached to them, but they were photos of me, taken by Elmer Batters on the second occasion I worked with him (see “Nude in Black and Blonde” published in onmemories).
These pictures appeared twice — once in Tip Top and once in Thigh High. They were black and white photos that were tinted by the magazine editors. The reason they were tinted was to cover the flaws. They were taken on a movie set under harsh lighting conditions, so there were many shadows. That is why they don’t look like most of Batters’ photos. He preferred to work under natural lighting conditions. Yet these photos became a set of famous pictures taken by Elmer Batters.
I have been unable to obtain copies of the magazines, so I also got these pictures over the internet. The source was simply a folder labelled “Donna Cole.” I have no information on who scanned them, but I do know that I obtained copies of the ones that were originally published in Thigh High. (There was an extra photo included in the Thigh High version.)
I have attempted to get these photos back closer to their original look by changing them to their original black and white and then smoothing out all the magazine and scanning flaws. I did see a negative of another photo shot at the same time on eBay, and this original negative was not nearly as “harsh” as those floating around the internet.
It takes me about 50-60 hours of work to get it good enough to make a suitable print. So I am selling my “tweaked” photos, signed on eBay. The first one was listed yesterday. I have another that I might finish in a couple of weeks. (I’m also working on some other photos, so I don’t work steadily on any one.)
Below are copies of the originals from the internet, and my “tweaked” versions. Okay, there is only one tweaked version visible right now. But keep returning, and there will be others added over time.