CHEAP CAMERA/10 SECOND TIMER SELF-PORTRAITURE

About




Who am I...What am I doing...And why the HELL am I DOIN' It?!...

Hey there, my name is Lauralyn. I'm a happily divorced, 44 year old mother of 4 amazing kids, living in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, in Winchester, Va.

With only a 10th grade education, I’ve never been qualified to work anything other than a seemingly endless string of minimum-wage jobs, and that – coupled with my inextricable compulsion to satisfy a revolving line-up of creative urges - has helped define my identity as the classic “slacker/starving artist” type…a tag that I wholeheartedly embrace.

After suffering the devastating break-up of a post-divorce, rebound relationship, I hesitantly turned to online dating, in the hopes that it might keep me immune from otherwise certain reconciliation with my miserable ex-beau...and I was delighted to discover that it worked! Over the next two years, I not only became an aggressive internet dater, but I also added - honest and uncensored blogging (about my oftentimes questionable behavior) - to my modest repertoire of artistic endeavors. 

I joined Twitter in order to attract more visitors to my blog, and after a fellow Tweeter complimented me on my simple, somewhat sexually suggestive avatar (which I had snapped myself, for lack of a better alternative) he suggested that I further promote my blog by contributing semi-nude images to Twitter’s #HNT (“half-nekkid Thursday”) In March of 2010, I set about staging and shooting my first official series of self-portraits - using an inexpensive, point-and-shoot digital camera (SONY Cybershot) set on 10 second timer mode and placed on a small thrift store table, in a little dish packed with tin foil - in lieu of a traditional tripod. (I have since retired the little dish and tin foil, and have been using a Gorillapod in their stead)

Immediately upon uploading my very first #HNT photo, I noticed a substantial rise in hits to my blog. Not long after that, I started posting some of the less revealing images from my self-portrait shoots, as my profile pictures on the dating sites that I perused, my intention - to attract an ever-changing, steady stream of new men (whereby generating fresh "material" for my Big Ugly Blog) Additionally, I created a “Cheap Cam 10 Sec Timer” album on Facebook, which garnered far more accolades than my dating blog ever did...In early 2011 - I deleted my Twitter account, deactivated my Facebook, and closed up shop on all of my dating sites. 

Since mid-March of 2010, when I snapped those first few photos of myself, I've become inexorably addicted to staging my 10 second timer self-portraits (much to the neglect of my other blog) And I continue to be something of a purist in that, I refuse to upgrade to a better quality camera, nor will I ever let any other human assist me by clicking the shutter...no matter how much I struggle to capture the shot or how many times they might offer. Such a thing would be fundamentally contrary to the very nature of “dash photography”...

<--------- Aaaand...this is how I do it...pretty sweet set-up, huh...                                                                                                  (I've destroyed 6 of these little Sony Cybershot cameras by this point, most commonly from accidentally sending them tumbling to their deaths from the precarious perch on the table.)


What Inspires Each Different Shoot...

Sometimes I drive past an interesting location, and all I can think is, "Day-um! I wanna shoot THERE!" Articles of clothing have triggered ideas, as have borrowed objects and even people's pets. Sometimes a particular theme or concept just comes to me, after which I either tweak my immediate surroundings and wardrobe to suit, or I'll go out and find a suitable venue and make whatever kind of costume I happen to need...Even the weather can inspire a shoot...be it a surprise rain shower, or a late night fog or even a cloudless blue sky...But no matter how sure I am about the way a shoot should go - I've learned that (oftentimes) once I get to the determined location, conditions can be very different than expected. I find that the element of surprise and the immediate need to adapt to the setting - can produce far better results than anticipated...