Interview with Anatoly Borodin – a Russian Pantyhose Photographer

July 18, 2017 under Interviews, Photoshoots

jessica head shotI am pleased to present this interview with Anatoly Borodin, a photographer and an entrepreneur from Moscow. He runs a popular pantyhose fetish-oriented website pro-kolgotki. It has been 10 years since he started photographing women in pantyhose and he is currently working on publishing a high quality printed photo book of his best work. This is a crowdfunding campaign to spread a word about the beauty of women in pantyhose. Anatoly proved to be the most interesting person to interview so far. Some of his answers took me by surprise, some made me disagree, some made me wonder whether he is the next Pierre Molinier, and some made me realize that my degree of pantyhose obsession is no match to his. To sum it up, Anatoly left me with even more questions than answers. Enjoy the read! 

 

How do you select your models? Is it a requirement for them to love pantyhose? I remember helping to dress models at a Vancouver fashion show and many had no idea about basic concepts like “backseam is supposed to be at the back” type of thing.

Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.comI look for amateur girls who want to have good photos of themselves in order to publish them on their own blog and to improve their self-esteem. These are ordinary girls from Moscow, Kiev and other Russian and Ukrainian cities.

There’s no requirement to love pantyhose. If it was in place – I wouldn’t find any models. LOL.

I simply publish a job post in fashion & modelling communities with explanation that ‘we shoot underwear and pantyhose’. Then I make a selection of the best girls who have replied to my job post.  Usually it is 50% of all the replies. Then I contact them and ask if they’re OK to pose in underwear. At this point another 50% of girls leave. The reason for double-checking is that models are usually young absent-minded girls with ‘a wind between their ears’, honestly. So they reply to all castings and all job posts without even looking at the details. Calling a potential model and double-confirming the type of shooting is essential – it saves a lot of time and energy.

I do not tell that the session is of certain fetish type. Because it’s not! Surprised?
Yes, my sessions are NOT related to pantyhose fetish. Don’t want to go deep into details, just check the vocabulary’s definition of ‘fetish’ and you’ll get the clue. My sessions are about women and their true tender beauty. Pantyhose are just a garment that emphasises the femininity of certain girl in a certain session.

Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

Yes, women DO NOT KNOW A THING ABOUT PANTYHOSE. For more than 15 years I’ve been researching this alluring riddle, testing hundreds of pairs of pantyhose, learning the hosiery industry on all continents. Completed hundreds of interviews with women of different cultures and ages learning their attitude and wishes towards nylons.
My conclusion is that women do not really care about hosiery. They purchase random tights at random places without looking at either the brand name or the visual quality.

I don’t judge. I understand them completely. The woman’s world contains so many more important things like health, relations, and daily tasks, looking after kids and so on. The list is endless. A pair pantyhose is at the very end on that list, if there at all.

photo by Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

I adore seeing women wearing pantyhose in everyday life, there aren’t so many of them around. That’s why I came up with my project’s idea – to create more real women wearing pantyhose. It’s all right that they wear pantyhose only at my sessions. But the pantyhose wearing index it’s already above zero. Do you get my point?
This is our reality, and there’s nothing good or bad about that.

photo by Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

Is there a type of pantyhose that is the most difficult to photograph? There are a lot of little details to watch for during any photoshoot, especially the lighting.

Surprisingly, seamless sheer pantyhose is the most difficult to shoot, like Wolford Fatal 15. I love the idea of seamless pantyhose, but it is almost impossible to show them in a beautiful way without going to too explicit images.
The thing is that seamless pantyhose are unthinkable to be worn with any underwear. The seamless concept is so super-sexy and so super-feminine that I can’t allow my model to have anything under them. Any kind of panties look weird and odd under a pair of seamless pantyhose.

Another disadvantage of seamless pantyhose is that they’re too matt and too thin to be clearly visible on the photographs. So it usually takes a lot of efforts to place the right lighting and take a shot under the right angle to make a good photo.

That’s why I don’t shoot seamless pantyhose in my sessions anymore. Too much of hassle of balancing the image between being feminine, tender and pure and the explicitness.

photo by Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

Do you retouch your photographs? I’d like to know where you stand on this, some fashion photographers pride themselves on never releasing an image without first spending a few hours on it in Photoshop.

Yes I always retouch every photograph. One photo takes from 10 to 30 minutes of retouching. One issue of my magazine contains up to 400 photographs. So one issue release takes from 66 to 200 hours of my daily work.
I love what I do, so I’m working without weekends, and at night. But don’t get delusional, a good photograph that people would want to pay money for is always based on hard work and years of experience. Throw away the stories of ‘get rich in one month in two clicks’.

AND! Do not ever listen to any ‘fashion photographers’ who say that. Everybody retouches photos. Without retouching any photo look ‘too ordinary’ . It’s a general trap that many starting photographers get into… sometimes for life.

The whole point of artistic depictions that people would like looking at is in ‘creating a vivid unusual image that one can’t find in everyday life’. It has a lot to do with the increased contrast, vividness, color balance and many other things.

photo by Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

It is a known fact that amateur photos get way more attention on social media than studio photos. Why do you think this is the case?

In my opinion amateur photos are quite popular because of higher level of intimacy on them. A photo of yourself taken in your private kitchen or your bedroom is much more intimate and ‘true’ than any studio photo. But popular doesn’t mean profitable. People want to watch amateur photos for free, and don’t want to pay.

Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

 

Do you have any entertaining photoshoot stories? One time I was at a fashion show in Toronto where the model was in such a rush to put on that jacket, she walked out with the hanger still on her back.

Can’t recall any specific funny story. Mainly because of my sessions are completely directed and pre-arranged. So I’m the conductor of the set and can do whatever I think is reasonable.

There was one plus size girl who brought her red evening dress but didn’t bring any heels. I asked her about what she was thinking about when she packed an evening dress and her sneakers… So we had to shoot her in that dress and with bare feet. The result was still nice.

Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

Oh! Let me tell you the biggest fun: girls do not have a clue of what does them and what doesn’t fit them.

Women do not have a clue of matching pantyhose and underwear colors. They think ‘it’s OK’ and ‘nobody sees it anyway’.
But men see. If you’re a girl reading this, get this clear: yesterday you wore stockings under your skirt and I guarantee most men you met on that day knew you were wearing stockings. Don’t ask how. We, men, train our skills.
If you’re a man reading this, you’d probably agree with me.

photography by Anatoly Borodin, model in yellow tights and high heels

Moreover, when you’re young you never know in whose bed you will end up today. It’s OK. But in order to look holistic, tasty and stylish – please, PLEASE (PLEASE!) think of matching your underwear and pantyhose colors.
There’s nothing more tasteless than a white panties under a black sheer pantyhose. It just degrades you down to a country redneck girl (is that OK to write like that? LOL).

Black pantyhose = black/dark panties.
Nude pantyhose = nude/white/light panties
Colourful pantyhose = up to you, think of and try the complimentary colors.

(Red vs blue, yellow vs violet, pink vs sky-blue, orange vs dark-green… should I continue or you’ve got the point?)

Not saying about all other accessories, belts, bracelets, watches, earrings, and lipstick’s color matching the whole outlook.

Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

And finally:
Some girls come to my sessions having their periods. This is awkward, but to me it is funny! I mean no offense. I’m laughing at myself getting into such an awkward situation. It’s inconvenient for the girl in first place. And when she doesn’t feel secure, the photos would be a complete crap. I can’t even press the shutter button when I see a tense insecure girl in front of me.
When a girl decides to come for an underwear session at her ‘days’, this means she just wants money. I understand and don’t judge. But we won’t get any good result out of that. There’s no easy solution for this, because I can’t ask my potential models about their periods over the phone. It would be too awkward. So all I have is to rely on girls’ discretion, and to laugh at such situations.

Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

Looks like you are an open-minded kind of guy. What is your opinion of men who wear pantyhose for comfort and enjoyment? This is probably one of the most common questions I get.

If that’s making you feel good, then IT IS GOOD.

Yes I wore pantyhose and I found it exciting. The good pantyhose make your legs look and feel so smooth and sleek. I regret I can not wear skirt because when pantyhose are under your pants the legs can’t touch each other. Although I’ve tried it at home. I believe that this sensation of your legs covered by sheer pantyhose touching each other is very important!  And very revealing! Like the whole unknown universe opens before you! A universe of women’s feelings, sensations, thoughts, and motivations. This experience has allowed me to feel what women feel, and as a result to better understand them.

photo by Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

And here I’d like to say that I understand WHY women hate pantyhose. I really do! Because after wearing a pair of sheer pantyhose for 10-12 hours they bring a lot of discomfort at the end of the day. I felt that my legs were like in a cage. And especially the sweat that have spread along the legs, making pantyhose feel like something wet and rubbery.

BUT ONLY THE LOW-QUALITY ONES! Hear me out! Only the low quality pantyhose bring that kind of discomfort by the end of the day! The good ones, for instance Wolford Satin Opaque 50, or Neon 40, are so luxurious that you wouldn’t want to take them off. I’ve experimented with many women of different ages and ethnicity. All of them declined to take them off after a 4-hour long session.

Listen to me; it’s a man telling you this stuff. Don’t take this as an advertisement, I simply haven’t found anything better than Wolford during my 15 year extensive research of hosiery.

I’ve even tried wearing laced sexy panties, but that’s too inconvenient for a man simply because of the physiological reasons. It could give you some bad consequences with your health in a long run. I looked at myself in a mirror wearing laced panties and sheer pantyhose, and it was the most miserable view in my life. I felt it was all too fake. It was like a wishful act – trying to be someone you’re not. That moment I decided that I prefer seeing beautiful underwear and luxury pantyhose on real women.

photo by Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

We all have both male and female essence in us. Seeking for another gender’s essence in you is normal and good for finding yourself. Usually, normally, we go through that sex/orientation thing at our middle childhood when trying on another sex’s garments, shoes, clothing. It’s normal and it’s very important in forming your orientation. That’s what I believe in.

I’d like to emphasise this to all men interested in pantyhose, who are insecure about their interest. If something makes you feel good, and it doesn’t affect anyone else, then it’s nothing but the good thing.

Just do it and enjoy your life.

 

photo by Anatoly Borodin, photographer of women in pantyhose, founder of pro-kolgotki.com

 

Contact Information for Anatoly Borodin: 

E-mail: anatoly@pro-kolgotki.com

Facebook profile: Anatoly Borodin

Facebook fan page: pro-kolgotki (direct transliteration of Russian “about pantyhose”)

Instagram: @pro_kolgotki

Youtube: RuPantyhose

Best Pantyhose Magazine on Earth: pro-kolgotki.com

Crowdfunding campaign to publish his book: Women in pantyhose Photography Book Project.

 

 

This interview was conducted by Jessica, the founder of this website. Please note that views expressed in this interview are Anatoly’s only and they may or may not reflect the views on the same subjects of the Fantasy Stockings team. 

 

Newsletter is coming out in a few days!

March 26, 2017 under News

Hello friends, I will be sending out a newsletter with some photos. Here are two photos of me from last week wearing pantyhose by Fiore called “Sin”.

Don’t miss it, please sign up if you haven’t already done so! These are really hot backseam Cuban heel pantyhose. I wore pants under this jacket, then took them off in the car, and took a few daring photos. Well, not too daring, there were people walking back and worth, it’s a public place after all.

Sin pantyhose by Fiore on me from the back

Sin pantyhose by Fiore on me

 

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Kristina again: romance with a swindler exposed on TV

November 14, 2016 under News

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I had a request to write more about the same TV host as in the previous post. She goes undercover to catch criminals and scammers in action. She finds the prospects through social media, sometimes they find her, and sometimes she actually gets leads from former victims.

In this episode she is going on a date with a doctor from England who is staying in a hotel. She knows this is a scam because of several reasons – his photo is actually from an eye wear commercial and there is a spelling mistake in his name.  This doctor tells her that he is bringing her a big expensive present, but he is coming straight from the airport and will not have any local currency, so she should bring some money and he’ll exchange it for dollars at a really good rate. Film crew and body guards are hiding nearby, waiting for her signal.

Kristina chooses her outfit carefully. She is playing the role of a shoe sales clerk with a modest income to portray a typical woman who would be blown away by a chance to date a rich doctor. Simple shorts, blouse, high heels, sheer backseam pantyhose, and a jacket over it so she looks dressed up, but not luxurious. The main accessory that she is carrying is a cake, a “present” for the man, with a hidden camera inside of it.

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She knocks on the door and a guy in underwear opens, motions her to come in. Kristina noticed a pack of money on the table and she put the cake with the hidden camera near it. The guy locks the door and right away pushes Kristina on the bed and calls her a slut. He accuses her prostitution and trying to steal his money and demands her to pay him so he’ll let her go.

Obviously, he’s not a foreigner, but claims to be some cop who is going to turn her in and flashes some fake identification. Kristina claims that all this time she had an active phone call on her cell and her friend heard the whole thing and already called police. This scammer dresses in a panic, takes away Kristina’s phone and snatches a wallet out of her purse, runs out of the room and gets greeted by the film crew. He claims this is his own wallet, but when Kristina opens it, it’s in a fact a makeup pouch full of cosmetics. The money that she brought with her was in her coat.

This is from a foreign TV shown called “Scammers on the Web”. If you want more of this, let me know, as you see, this is not my typical blogging topic. I like Kristina because she wears pantyhose for a lot of the episodes.

My cousin wears Galis by Fiore tights

August 20, 2016 under Fiore

I was surprised, my teen cousin put on these backseam tights straighter than most women who are twice her age! Isn’t she amazing? Unlike other teens, she also loves pantyhose just like me and I encourage her to dress up beautifully.

These tights are Galis by Fiore, 20 den.

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Review of Victoria Secret Pantyhose with Pearls and Rhinestone Backseam

March 31, 2015 under Brands

Victoria secret rhinestone and pearl pantyhoseThese were sent to me by a fan from Vancouver Island. I never tried Victoria Secret pantyhose before that! This specific style I wore a couple of times already and they are quite durable.

Here’s a photo taken at the airport. I wore these on my flight from Las Vegas. Let’s just say I looked glamorous, but after sitting for a long time on these pearls, I felt that they were cutting into my skin. So these are better to wear when not much sitting is involved.

These are not too sheer, they feel more like 30 den. There is a cotton gusset, shadow toe, and they are sheer to waist. The fit is good and there is no sagging or falling. There are rhinestones and pearls arranged in the shape of a backseam.

Now Calgary is getting a little warmer, so I can actually wear styles like this outside with nice heels.

My Deja  Vu at Toronto Fogal Hosiery Boutique

August 28, 2014 under Fogal

my visit to Fogal hosiery boutique in Toronto - legwear - customer service review and purchasesFogal is one of my favourite brands for hosiery. They have an amazing reputation and quality. So far my customer service experiences varied, so I choose to only go to the location where I know it’s excellent – Toronto Fogal Boutique.

Last time I’ve been to the Fogal store was 2 years ago, so I was really looking forward to another visit. One of my fans, David from Toronto, who helped me get more Fogal pantyhose before, invited me to go shopping there.

As we approached the store, I was wondering if the same person, Melanie, who helped me last time was still there. To my delight, as I opened the door, there she was! Melanie even remembered that I was from Vancouver. Can you imagine that level of dedication to the clients?
Fogal boutique in Toronto - store front - hosiery shop on Bay Street, DowntownI told Melanie about my trip to Cuba and how I managed to wear Fogal Cuban heel pantyhose there. It was so much fun, I wanted to get something similar since Cuban heel is so rare to find these days.  She told me about a style of pantyhose that is similar to the stockings used for the Great Gatsby movie with a fancy design on the heel.

So I grabbed a few pairs, including an ultra sheer 6 den, and tried on the samples available in the store. Actually, I even had a look at the stay ups, but since fall is almost here, I decided to stick with pantyhose. Just for the record though, they are of very good quality.

Melanie, another female associate, and David gave their feedback as I was putting on all the samples in the change room. The 2nd associate there (sorry, didn’t get her name) even gave me some tips on how to put on the backseam to make it straight.

I would like to express my gratitude to David from Toronto for taking me out to the boutique and for buying these wonderful pantyhose for me. I ended up with new 3 pairs of Fogal (Brooke, Clelia, and 6 den) to take back to Vancouver and lots of good memories from the store.

My visit to Fogal pantyhose store in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Blogger in Gina Lurex Tights

May 22, 2014 under Fiore

Backseam is one of the toughest styles to photograph since the seams shift. These are almost perfect, I know how hard it is to keep it straight.

This pretty blogger did a photoshoot for Fiore hosiery in Gina lurex backseam tights. I like how she combined it with the theme of make up, as pantyhose are too in a way make up for the legs.

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If you like these and would like to get it, these tights are available at the shop section – Gina lurex backseam tights.

Blogger in Alameda Tights by Fiore

May 6, 2014 under Fiore

A little black dress and sheer pantyhose is something that has never failed to get attention! I saw this photo from Fiore and thought to share it with you. The woman looks so classy.

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I love this lurex backseam style by Fiore! These are sheer to waist with an invisibly reinforced toe. Polish women look so good in pantyhose!

If you like it, you can buy it here – Alameda tights.

Some Styles for Spring Collection

March 13, 2014 under News

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ASITA 40 den Fiore mock stocking imitation tights

Mock Stocking Pattern Tights

AVILA 40 den

Avila Backseam Tights

RONITA 20 den pantyhose by Fiore - limited edition

Ronita Patterned Tights

OZANA 20 den stay up stockings from Fiore - red rose hold up hosiery - limited edition

Red Rose Stay Ups

MIURA 20 den backseam pantyhose from Fiore

Miura Backseam Pantyhose

BASANTI 20 den

Basanti Piano Key Print Tights

DIUNA 40 den mock stocking imitation tights with polka dot pattern

Diuna Mock Thigh High Tights

THEMA 30 den mock thigh high imitation tights from Fiore brand

Thema Mock Thigh High Tights

VAILA 20 den glossy and patterned pantyhose from Fiore

Vaila Glossy Patterned Tights

LUMINA 40 den

40 Den Stay Ups

KIRIANA 20 den

Patterned Hold Ups – Kiriana

ALTEA 40 den patterned pantyhose

Patterned Tights – Altea

ALEGRA 20 den patterned stay up stockings

Stay Up Stockings – Alegra

ELUXA 20 den hold up stockings without toes - toeless stay ups - summer hosiery Fiore brand

Eluxa Toeless Stay Ups

PROXIMA 20 den

Proxima Geometric Tights

PALLADIA 20 den G4049_CHANTAL_300652_877Cfront CALIFORNIA 20 den CANELLA 40 den CORIA 40 den E5027_Dita_046632_P8100 CONSTANCE 20 den GIRONA 20 den G4050_FESTIVA_300669_877Cfront FAUSTINA 20 den PETRA 20 den CLOE 20 den ZILDA 20 den ROGERIA 20 den DIANA 20 den

Indulge in these limited edition hosiery styles!

Laetitia Casta Posing for Vogue Turkey

November 1, 2012 under Print

Dolce & Gabbana knows what’s feminine.  No wonder that Laetitia Casta is wearing backseam stockings with her designer outfit.  Not only that she is wearing it, she is showing it off.

This photo is taken in Paris.  Part of the photoshoot, as bizarre as it may be, involved a chimpanzee posing together with the model.

Laetitia Casta is a French model and actress who became famous after her Guess campaign in 1993.  After that she modeled for a long list of famous designers and even was one of the Victoria Secret Angels.  However, it is nice to mention that besides her modeling achievements she also has a number of charity involvement in her repertoire.