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 in the December 1964 issue of Tip Top. 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.
After looking for five years, I have finally been able to obtain a copy of the magazine. I’ve 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. I have sold one on eBay and two privately through this site. There is another that I have finished and will be listed on eBay in early September.
Below are copies of the originals from the internet, and my “tweaked” versions. There are only three tweaked versions visible right now. But keep returning, and there will be others added over time.
More to come later…