Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
My oldest girls have returned to their respective boarding schools, and my two, youngest children were supposed to go back to their school, following Spring Break - today...but. We got enough snow last night, that school was cancelled for the day...which I thought would mean - there would be no way in hell that I'd get any new self-portraits...for like the millionth freaking day in a row...*sigh*
However...when my kids started making plans with their friends to go sledding - I got an idea. I decided that while they were out frolicking in the snow, I would fill the brief quiet time by snapping a few self-portraits, featuring the one sled in the house that I knew neither of them would want to use - our all but forgotten, dusty old, Flexible Flyer.
There was nothing particularly difficult about this shoot, per se...the temperature had risen so much, that I actually got hot moving around wearing so...much...blessed...clothing (the good news about that was, I didn't havta worry about getting caught naked in public - score!), it wasn't physically grueling in the slightest (I felt almost like a wimp, having allowed myself the luxury of incorporating footwear into the costume) - but what did make this shoot just the teensiest bit nerve-racking, was the fact that so many people watched me as I worked...and consequently looked at me as if I was some sort of raving lunatic......people like: the teenagers who were sledding on the same hill, but a little way's away...and the folks who went past me while they were walking their dogs...my ex-husband's girlfriend who drove by, honked, waved, and lastly - rolled her eyes (awesome), and one policeman who was making his rounds.
This type of reaction is precisely what's made me so apprehensive about going out into my new neighborhood to take selfpics - even clothed! There are simply so many more eyeballs in the city, than there were in the county - that will see, and judge me for what I do (many of whom will actually recognize me!) I guess it's just gonna take some time before I build up the confidence that I'll need if I'm to continue making my pics. here, while also making a complete horse's ass outta myself...in some people's eyes, at least...
Posted by Big Ugly at 4:51 PM
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Ok, you guys...so my kids have been home with me for their Spring Break, since this past Wednesday - and we've been so busy, that I simply have not had ample time to devote to my self-portraits. I have however, taken my precious offspring on daily walks all around our new neighborhood (each of us with our iPhones in hand) which has allowed me (us) to take tons of Instagram pics. - Yay! (Bear with me and I promise that I'll eventually post a few of 'em on Little Pretties...soon as I find a spare minute). Matter of fact, today we ended up at the same abandoned warehouses where, a few months ago - I snapped the selfpic seen above. I went into an adjacent building which is currently under renovation - to ask if it would be ok for my kids and me to take some snaps of the vacant buildings' exteriors, and lo and behold - one of the first people that I ran into, was the very funny man who took the picture seen at the top of this post - his own, personal interpretation of my self-portrait. (How he knew about my pic. is kind of a long story, so maybe some time when I'm not so exhausted, I'll share it with you - but not tonight).
Anyway...while I was there, I asked the funny man if it would be all right with him if I posted his Big Ugly-insired phone snap here, along with mine - and since he so kindly said, "Yes" - I'm publishing both of our pics. tonight, in his honor :)
Thanks So MUCH - to all of the guys on the construction site - who've been so super cool about letting me shoot at this place! It just always blows me away anytime folks are openminded enough to not only "get" what I do, but to also encourage and facilitate it! Muah!
Posted by Big Ugly at 9:18 PM
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
I am literally nothing...invisible...insignificant...against a backdrop featuring the artwork of Clarke County artist Winslow McCagg...his paintings slay me...lawd they do! If you live in the area, may I suggest that you check out the permanent installation of his work on display at the Shenandoah University Pharmacy School, in WInchester, Va....
Posted by Big Ugly at 6:03 PM