If you saw last week’s post you’ll know that I’m doing a photo a day during lockdown. At the moment I’m really enjoying the daily dose of creativity and so far they’re being well-received. Not sure how I’ll be by the time we’re out of this though; I did joke to one recipient that after three months I may be sending photos of out of control chin hair and chipped toe nails!
One of the things I’m doing is putting the decision on which of the seven photos gets my Sinful Sunday spot out to the recipients. This week Exhibit A got the decision making baton. When I asked him for his pick of the week/pic of the week he replied: “do you even need to ask??” and sent this one back to me. *sigh*
I did tweet it earlier in the week as an outtake but I wasn’t expecting it to have a permanent home on my blog, but you can’t change the rules of a game once it’s started just because you don’t like the outcome. So here I am, wedged naked between my exercise ball and the wall, legs akimbo. To be fair, this photo had created a lot of amusement this week. Even my mother has received it!
What rapid adjustments we have all made in such a short space of time. In a world where years race by, it turns out that a week can feel like a very long time. Such seismic changes to our normal lives we are all accommodating.
At the moment I’m feeling ok. I’m a hardwired optimistic and by nature a problem solver and planner. I’m choosing to see more opportunities for my business than threats, I kind of like being forced to slow down and I’m finding genuine joy in the ways friends and neighbours are using technology to stay connected and support each other. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely do not think this is a good thing, but my way of coping is to find solutions. One of those, by the way, has been to volunteer as a Red Cross community reserve volunteer; you might find it helps you too.
Of course, one of the things that I’m not looking forward to so much is the lack of sex! It’s definitely a bit weird not knowing when I’m next going to be naked with another person. Ten days ago I was looking up exhibition tickets for an April date night, today I was dusting off my remotely operated WeVibe for use during digital date nights! One of the things I’m doing to stay connected to those I have love or lust for is sending a daily photo. A photo a day is going to create an epic stock for future Sinful Sunday and February Photo Fests! This is the best one from week one of physical distancing.
What a strange time we are living in. Right about now many of us would have just laughed and cried and squirmed our way through the Sunday lunchtime readings at Eroticon. What a difficult decision our wonderful Molly had to make on Thursday but it was absolutely the right one and I hope she knows how much love and support there is out there for her.
It’s been an unusual weekend – there’s been moments of pure joy spent with people who travelled to London anyway but those moments have been tinged with strangeness and sadness. I look forward to when we can all get together in our big group again and pucker up for some delicious kisses. Until then we have our nudes and our words.
Second photo for my food euphemisms week on February Photo Fest. Not much more to say about this photo, but if you didn’t see the first post do check it out and check your melons too!
As anyone who saw my first post will know, my February Photo Fest theme this week is The Sound of Music’s, My Favourite Things. So here we have the schnitzel with noodles. Or should I say Syllables with noodles?
“How beautiful maleness is, if it finds its right expression.”
I have had the happiest two days hanging out with some of the best people that our corner of Twitter has to offer.
Today, a big group of us started the day celebrating Honey‘s birthday over brunch. Ever the opportunist, I got them all back to mine for a photography and fizz extravaganza where we got around half my February PhotoFest shots in the bag, plus a couple of extras for other participants. I can’t wait to show you our work because it is going to be a ridiculous and joyful month on Exposing40!
Yesterday was a less frenetic day hanging out with a new friend, photographing them for the first time. I do love the first time I photograph someone – building that connection and trust, getting to know how they move and look, and gauging their response to my sometimes crazy ideas. There’s some silly photos of them coming up for February PhotoFest but there was also the opportunity to make the most of the late afternoon sunlight for some relaxed peaceful shots that summed up the mood of the afternoon.
For this weekend’s low lighting/shadow prompt I’ve been playing with the Tunisian lamp that sits in my office. I can’t decide whether I prefer the colour or black and white. What do you think?
This isn’t the only photo taken in my office this weeks. Check out Honey’s Mistress of Light and Shadow.
A new year and a new decade is just around the corner and I’m excited to see it unfold. I love this time of year. I have a couple more days with my parents which I’ll enjoy but really I’m itching to get back to my flat and start my annual exercise of making lists and plotting experiences and adventures. I know for sure that more photos in the wild will be on the list!
Happy New Year to all of you – I hope the year ahead is full of joy. Thanks for all the support this year for my blog and for my crazy photo adventures and musings and life and love!
Photo by Missy.