12/4/12

Ads #58: Distracted Eyes


I know pretty much everything appearing in an advertisement is choreographed.  So, I'm not fool enough to believe we somehow caught this guy in the act of taking a peek.  The advertisers design them this way so that you, the viewer, will follow their gaze....




Then there's this next one - a Trinidad-Tobago travel advert.  Sure, the bikini is an obvious marketing tool : IF Trinidad-Tobago, THEN boobs.  However, look a little closer and you'll see the underlying sexual dynamic.


He's totally not taking in the surroundings.  She's enamoured by nature's bounty; meanwhile, he's looking at her breasts.


The bikini as a selling tool makes perfect sense in a Coppertone ad....but our friend in the foreground ain't lookin' at her eyes.




The two guys without girls are kind of creeping me out. This is going beyond awkward..... the guy in the white shirt looks ready to do something never appropriate on the putting green.  


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    1. Jeezus I've been getting some heavy duty spam of late. Sorry, folks.

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  2. You missed something with that Coppertone ad...it's the guy in the background peering over his glasses and going "va va va" with his teeth whilst ignoring his girlfriend. Hang on, who brings a Stratocaster to a pool party?

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    1. "Hang on, who brings a Stratocaster to a pool party?"
      ...or plays an electric guitar next to a pool?
      ...or ignores a girlfriend who is that hot?

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    2. But it's Elke Summers who was currently starring in The Oscar, "And the winner is Frank.......Sinata" Sorry Frank Fontane , no Oscar boost for your career!"

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    3. Not that guy, since it ain't a Strat.

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    4. Right - looks like a Rickenbacker.

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    5. I dunno. It doesn't look very Rickenbackery to me. More like some cheap Japanese guitar.

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  3. The guy in the white shirt on the putting green is probably most interested in the golf instructor.

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  4. The Avis ad isn't believable at all, because anyone that close to a Jensen Interceptor is NOT going to be looking at anything but the Interceptor. She could be buck naked, being serviced by a trio of gorgeous coeds, and playing the trombone, but that's still not enough to tear your eyes away from the hottest car in the world.

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  5. That guy with the guitar is playing left handed. Very rare (a la Hendrix). And even rarer is that appears to be a left-handed guitar! The controls are on the bottom where they should be...not on the top if a left handed person was playing a right handed guitar "upside down."

    At first glance, I would have surmised it was just a prop and the photog told the guy to hold it that way for the photo (it wouldn't show like that if he played it right-handed). Lots of work and thought went into that photo....

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    1. A more likely scenario is that the negative was flipped to satisfy the layout. Note that the acoustic guitar is also being played left-handed. 2 lefties in one scene? Highly, highly unlikely. Flipped negative? Yep, yhey do that all the time, even more often than movie/TV editors will roll a scene in reverse because they wanted it that way. It's not hard to spot smoke being sucked down into a fire, somebody's eyes blinking or moving strangely, or hair coming to an abrupt stop after being swung around.

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