An entirely predictable image from me given that I use mirrors so much in my photography that they have their own tag on this blog!
This is a lazy post today as I’m hauling out one of the few distance diaries photos that haven’t yet found a home on the blog. I’m on a bit of hiatus with my photography at the moment as work is off the scale busy and I’m also isolating and doing house jobs in the lead up to my holiday.
I am looking forward to the warmer months rolling round so I can get out and about and naked in the wild with all my lovely photography friends!
There’s been so much ‘this time last year’ chat this week, offline and online. One whole year! It’s so strange reflecting on the past 12 months and all the things that have and haven’t happened.
It also means that it’s a year since I started my distancing diaries photo project. Had I known that it would reach 122 daily images before I signed off for the summer of freedom, I may not have started it, but I’m very glad I did. Once the winter lockdown season kicked in I moved on to my Scenes on Screens project.
I’ve been very happy to have these two projects this last year but this weekend I’ve been plotting two photo adventures for later in April when we have more freedom and I am so excited for being out and about with real people in locations that aren’t my flat or my computer screen.
This week, I was down in Kent helping a friend out with her children. One afternoon, while preparing an obstacle course for after school playtime, I spotted a mirror propped up against her shed. Well, I couldn’t miss that opportunity, could I?! Her garden is overlooked from all directions and I could hear and see a gardener at work, so I quickly squeezed myself into the one hidden corner the garden affords.
My photography lecturer at university used to have this thing that the final frame would invariably be the best shot on a roll of film. His argument was you’re worrying less about getting the perfect shot and are rushing to get through the last couple of clicks of the shutter so you can start afresh. He was a bit of dick and prone to wafflely bollocks but he was often right on that. Although the clunk of the final frame not completing and then the whirr of the automatic rewind is not a sound we really hear anymore!
Aaaaaaanyway, the point of that anecdote (old fart’s trip down memory lane!) is that last week @19syllables and I were playing around with a mirror on the bend of my hallway stairs. I was trying to get a cheeky shot of her arse as she scampered down the stairs. It didn’t work. As I was giving up I shot one image of her looking out the window as she came back upstairs. I dismissed it immediately – out of focus, too much face (not that her face isn’t awesome, of course!).
I didn’t even download it with the rest of that day’s photos. Then for some reason, on Saturday morning I decided to get it off my camera and had a play with the edit. The result? I bloody love this shot. The out of focus blurring creates softness and a wistfulness that is echoed in the thoughtfulness you see in the setting of her mouth. And I love the way the light frames her and accentuates her curves.
Today I’m delighted to have Eye as a burst of sunshine on my #febphotofest. This photo was taken back in September the morning after a very late night where three of us had talked until about 6am!
Eye has already shared a few of the shots from that day and I have one I love lined up for a certain big birthday that’s round the corner for her. *cough* Bring your birthday pants to Eroticon everyone! *cough*
But while you wait for the birthday photo, enjoy this one of her captured in the sunburst mirror outside my office.
“Ooh, that would be a fun one to try and do for mirror week,” I think as I scroll through Tumblr.
Twenty four hours later, a bit tipsy and full of sausage casserole, I’m nearly choking myself by balancing a mirror on my windpipe. Not all my ideas/inspirations are sensible but articulating them is always hilarious!
Photo by Exhibit A.