“For months now, I’ve had a bunch of images saved in a Google Doc dedicated to potential Pictorial odds and ends. It’s a pile of stock photos of women doing aerobics, circa the early 1990s. Every couple of weeks, I look at these photos, hoping inspiration will strike and I’ll figure out what to say about them. But I’m not sure there’s anything to say other than, uh, get a load of these fucking photos.
There are so many of these photos on Getty Images. You see the first one and you think, oh, check out those outfits! That hair! Those scrunchies!
But then you notice the second…
And the third…
And suddenly the sheer volume renders them bewildering.
Deeply mysterious, even.
They’re all credited to the same photographer, a Mike Powell. Several of them are dated November 1994.
Most of them appear to take place in this one specific room with bright red padding and feature an overlapping cast of models. As you can see our friend in the pink pants appears in all three shots, and the woman in the metallic teal sports appears in two. In fact the images are so similar that, as you can see, you can pair up three of them and if you don’t stare closely, it looks like one large mural.
Not sure but I think the image on the left is of the same space, though from a different angle. It’s definitely another Mike Powell shot.
This is definitely the same bunch from a different angle. Note Pink and Teal again.
Some of them take place elsewhere, however. Please note the thong-over-pants look.
And from the back!
Somewhere, in a loft space in Manhattan without a door, these women are still doing aerobics, sweating to the very same music, without having aged a day.”