Sharing another fascinating blog…

So, it’s been a day with lots of reading other people’s blogs, and along the way, I stumbled upon a wonderful blog about photographing women.

At some point in the near future, when I’m done paying for new tires for the van, and caught up on some of the bills, I want to buy a DSLR camera, take a photography class, and start taking even more photos. I love taking photos of unusual things. I’ve been known to photograph trash cans, for crying out loud.

The video from the blog, though, makes me want to take on more photography of people. Ordinary people, without the use of Photoshop at first, in different angles. I know that when I started taking selfies it really helped me improve my own body image.  I would love to do the same for other women… and men, too. Because men can have skewed body image problems.

Me with a Groucho Marx mask and cigar

I did a little Flickr editing on a photo today, though, just for grins and giggles.

I noticed this week that one of my eyes always appears bigger than the other. The squinty-eyed photo was an attempt to compensate. The Groucho Marx Mask and cigar were just because…

It’s fun what you can do with face shots just by changing the color settings a little.

Below, the original photo given two different “effects” that just consist of changing the color and lighting settings through Flickr….

No glasses, first color settingSame photo with black and white settingSame photo with more blue and purple tones

I am fascinated with the idea that what we see in photographs all over the media are nothing more than an interpretation of reality. And what we see in the mirror? That is our own skewed interpretation of reality.

What lies beneath the surface is more real, or is it?

I want to learn to take photographs of people, and I want to take photographs that challenge concepts of reality. And I also want to take boudoir photographs that capture people in places where they are comfortable or vulnerable, and find the angle that let people see the things in themselves that they may not always see.

We are more than the sum of our parts.

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