Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All About Selfies

Art at Arm's Length: A History of the Selfie
Robert Cornelious is the first known selfie 1839, so Wiki says. Of course the term selfie is new, but the act itself is not. As long as there have been camera's there have been selfies. I am amazed at how many sites are dedicated to them, as well as ideas for taking selfies
 I have never liked being photographed to start with, so taking a selfie is an interesting challenge. 
I like art challenges.
selfie with mirror omnia vanitas
Omnia Vanitas

There is, like all things taken to extremes,  a BAD side to it too.
From a woman spending thousands on plastic surgery so she could take a better selfie to suicide and mental health problems.
I will ignore the "in bad taste" issue, it goes without saying there are just some people who crave shock value.
Buzzfeed did a list of the Best Selfies of All Time (love the cheeky monkey one).
Finally there is the new movement, Ugly Selfies, "a rejection of validation through irony." In the spirit of the ugly selfies, here is mine and it was an accidental selfie I took at my friends house eeeeeek!  
accidental ugly selfie

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Camera-less Photography of Feathers

At first when I saw these feather pics in the article I thought they'd been scanned but they are done by a method called Cliche-Verre.  
"Feathers" Camera-less Photography by Taylor Curry
Scanning is sort of a version of Cliche-Verre. I love playing with the scanner now and again and did these last year.

My earliest scan back in 2010 was peacock feathers. There is something very appealing about scanned images, particularly feathers. I have a lovely collection of them (thanks to friends-you know who you are ♥)
Scanning however doesn't get the same magnificent depth like the cliche-Verre images by Taylor Curry

And for your viewing pleasure from BuzzFeed, photographs by Robert Clark.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Whaaaaaaaaaa, too much chocolate

okay NOT really. I don't eat chocolate. I am more of a licorice girl. Give  me Australian licorice or pontefract cakes and I will stuff me face. I once overdosed. REALLY! I was in my early 30's and  I went to the docs because I was having this strange tingling around my mouth. Doc couldn't find anything wrong with me. Why I mentioned it I don't know but as he was walking out of the room I told him. I have been eating a lot of licorice lately. He asked "reeeeeeeeely, when you say a lot, how MUCH licorice". When I told him his prescription was not to eat so much and I could hear him laughing all the way from the front desk. I was NOT charged for the visit. 
Joking aside there is a dangerous side effect for those over 40 with high blood pressure and heart probs as this TIME article points out. Here is a real story from bbc of a woman who ended up in the hospital after eating too many Pontefract Cakes. So I better not scarf the lot down when I open my bag I got from Jungle Jim's International Market yesterday.

cheers and off to celebrate my birthday

why, thanks google :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Egghead and French Chocolate Masterpieces

easter egg face
Ink and a bit acrylic paint Easter Egg and sitting in a vintage Japanese egg cup with salt shaker.

What a disaster if you are a chocolate fiend but the egg is too beautiful to eat, naw!!!!!!!
Gorgeous Easter Eggs From the Master Patissiers of France

Friday, April 18, 2014

Vintage Window Display

repix editing tools for iphone

I am trying an app called Repix that has various editing tools that are more customized than a ready made filters. My first choice was a photo I took of an old fashioned looking window display in a small Ohio town's main street.  I was going for the scratched, blotchy photo vintage look. Might have overdone it, but I am pleased with the effect. I want to give a nod to iDownloadBlog where I found this app.

Seems my muse has spoken and this year is about photography. I ain't gonna fight it. Which is not to say I won't be painting or embroidering, drawing and crafting etc.