Monday, November 23, 2015

What You See, Is What I Got

(Some seriously bunged-up feet with so many broken toes. Ew.)

(All pics. snapped on 11/23/15)

Haven't tended to "The Big Ugly" for a good little while, sorry 'bout that…I'm here now though, so hopefully we're all square? K, good.

Anyway, I'll excuse my absence by blaming it on my couple (or three?)-months-long renewed love of baking, plus some other interference that's prolly not worth mentioning…today however, I woke up to the disquieting realization that because I am currently without trans (my motorbike won't start), and with only a few measly dollars to my name - I haven't the means with which to get my bike fixed, nor do much else for that matter - like buy the ingredients that I need in order to be able to make more sweets. But despite the fact that lately I've been effectively convincing myself that this whole multi-years-long fascination, fixation, obsession (whatever you wanna call it) that I've had with self-portraiture, is borderline pointless - for some odd reason, today, like on this… - I couldn't think of any better way to while away the daylight hours, than by going out on foot, with my humble assemblage of shitty camera gear on my back, in search of a place to shoot some selfpics….

The footprint of the house in which these pics. were snapped, is minuscule. But it's tininess has become even more diminished by the vegetation that has grown up and in through the floors, doors and windows…and so I felt somewhat limited in my options for finding much creative diversity within this shoot (plus, being as morbidly afraid of stepping on a centipede in these types of environments as I am, kind of squelches my adventurous nature) - again, my sincerest apologies. What was cool about the resultant images though, was that after having uploaded the pics., and then scrutinizing them (per my usual), I realized that the photos needed very little editing (like none actually, in my opinion)and for the first time ever in the history of "The Big Ugly", I was perfectly content to post photos on here, that hadn't been tampered with at all…and I have to admit, there's something about that that made me feel uncharacteristically proud…so if nothing else, at least I have that going for me right now. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday Stroll

 (Snapped on 8/30/15)

I had a positively lovely time this morning, snappin' self-portraits intermittently, while wending my way down the track that leads to one of my favorite spots on this island...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

That's a Wrap

(Snapped on 8/22/15)

So after looking online for what felt like freaking evah - I finally found a company who can print my Anguilla images on lightweight cotton voile sarongs, and when my kids came down to visit me last week, they brought me the three prototypes that I ordered and had shipped to their dad's office a few weeks ago. Personally? I think they look fantastic!

I posted a few different images of these same three wraps on my Facebook page (Lauralyn Brickhouse), and also on my Instagram (@thebigugly)…in the event that you may be interested in seeing other snaps of 'em.

If you think you might like to have one, please contact me at: - I'll give you all of the details about which images are available, and answer whatever other questions you may have about purchasing one...or more :)

Muchas Gracias!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I "Shutter" to Think...

…that it's been nearly two. whole. weeks since I staged any new self-portraits...


(Snapped on 8/12/15)

…but the thing is - last week marked the climax of Carnival, here on Anguilla - and it was sheer mayhem for days (and nights) on end, as usual (not really my thing, to be perfectly honest about it…could it be that I'm getting too old for such highly concentrated and prolonged partyin'? Indeed.) The good news for an anti-socialite like myself however, is that there were sailboat races on 6 out of 8 days during this year's summer festival, plus loads of work to do to get Satellite (the boat on which I've been crew for just over a year now) all set and ready for the very first race and beyond - and then broken back down again, out of the water, and up to her resting spot under the gigantic mahogany tree up here in North Hill (a hell of a lot of work goes into the Anguillian racing boats, y'all probably have no earthly clue). The bad news though, was that I was so busy with the Satellite, that it never even crossed my mind to tackle a new set of selfpics.

Carnival and sailboat racing season are both now over until next year though, so it would stand to reason that there oughtta be enough of a lull in my island activities, to allow me to spend some quality time planning and executing new self-portrait shoots, correct? Not so. For the last two days, I've been deep cleaning my house, while simultaneously trying to sort out an ongoing plumbing problem, and also making numerous trips to the grocery on my motorbike (I can only carry so much at one time) - all of which is in preparation for the arrival of three of my precious children to Anguilla tomorrow afternoon! HOORAY!!! 

The little darlings will be staying here for one week, which (I predict) will seriously impede my ability to squeeze in any quality self-portrait time. This never crossed my mind until late this afternoon, and when it did - I kinda panicked. I thought, "If I don't take some new pics right this instant - three weeks will have passed before I'll have been able to update The Big Ugly". That no bueno.

I did nothing to my appearance (I almost never bother with all of the elaborate stage make-up that I so heavily applied, and relied on when I was shooting back in The States), I chose a spot that was super close to home, and once there - I literally spent only about 40 minutes snapping the handful of pics. from which the three seen above were plucked. It was definitely a rush job, but at least I have something to offer…something that will hopefully carry you guys through until I can get my head (and my body) back in the game.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Slashed and Burned

(Snapped on 7/31/15 - using a Sony Cybershot, and then edited on iPhoto)

Well this sure was a fun one! And I really do mean that - I absolutely loved finally doing this shoot, after trying to psyche myself into it over the last a couple of weeks. And miraculously, I barely even hurt myself while stomping through, and rolling around in the ash, and broken ceramic tiles, and nails, and good knows what else - I only ended up with one deep slice on the top of my left foot.

The government water is flowing nicely today too, so after I got back home - I was so stoked to have been able to shower all of the black char and sweat off of my filthy, disgusting body, and out of my brutally teased, nasty rat's nest hair! (Too bad that I clogged the damn shower drain in the process…)

Been a great day already…but now, if you'll kindly excuse me - think I'll go down to the beach and see if I can find even more fun to get into. Happy Friday, everyone!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Through the Looking Glass

(Snapped on 7/28/15 - using a Sony Cybershot, and then edited on iPhoto) 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Goin' Out on a Limb Here

(Snapped on 7/28/15 - using a Sony Cybershot, and edited on iPhoto)