Sunday, September 8, 2013

Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (Plus 30, Damnit)

Osmyn requested that we mimic a famous work of art, (either a painting or a sculpture, but not a photograph!) - for last week's "Big Ugly Land of Oz" Self-Portrait Challenge...coincidentally, after having acquired this bitchin' tutu late last spring from a local dance academy, I immediately got it in my mind that I oughtta stage selfpics inspired by Edgar Degas' bronze sculpture, "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen" (or whatever it's actually called)...but it wasn't until Osmyn came up with last week's challenge theme, that I finally got off my ass and made it happen.

After firing off numerous attempts at something as close to literal as I thought that I could possibly manage - I was there behind my camera, reviewing each subsequent frame thinking, "Uhhhh...yeah...this shit is not only unflattering, but it's seriously boring to boot"...Guh... 

Soooo...I decided to go outside to try and do something a little more in keeping with the way that I normally attack my self-portrait shoots (thank god I came to my senses)...and this ^ is what I ended up with. Now admittedly, it's nothing at all like the Degas' sculpture that inspired my response to Osmyn's self-portrait challenge request this week...but so what! I was just relieved to have walked away with one single image that I didn't totally hate...aaaaahhhh...

For this week's "Big Ugly Land of Oz Challenge" - I think we oughtta each become a fictitious character...someone who is absolutely not us at all...they can be totally made-up characters, or well-known characters - makes no difference at all, to Osmyn or me. We're just asking that everyone photograph themselves while assuming the identity of someone they are not - and the more exaggerated, and over-the-top - the better!


  1. Lauralyn, I think that you have captured the spirit of Degas' sculpture in your first picture.
    This is another of your works of art, just this time reflecting an older work of art, and that is just fine by me.

  2. @Raymond - I'm glad to hear that you don't hate the top pic as much as I know me - I almost never stand flat-footed in my pics, and that - coupled with the fact that I shot this picture from a relatively high angle - just make me look so short and stubby...yuck.