Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mirror Mirror Challenge August Submission from Judy F.

"Oh, Virginia, My photo is called On Hold. Today was frustrating until I thought "I'll photograph it for Mirror Mirror." I called Comcast to straighten out a billing problem. I talked with a very nice young man who said he couldn't do anything and would transfer me to someone who could. So, I was sent on and put on hold. I was on hold for about two hours and decided to call on my cell phone and see if I could get some help without losing my place in line. I went through the same procedure with the same result. Now I had a phone in each ear. It started to get very funny except for the crick in my neck. So I hung up the cell phone and tried again. By now it was three hours and still cliimbing. The woman I got on the line then took over gother supervisor and is working on the problem. She took my name and they are calling me back when the problem is resolved. It just proves that when you leave it to a woman, things get done." -- Judy F.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mirror Mirror Challenge August Submission from Jesse

"While working on other things, this month, my mind wasn’t focusing much on reflections. Something I’ve wanted to do this past July, but was distracted by too many things. While letting my brain do its natural evolutionary thing – vegging out on the TV screen, I was amused to see a shot of Hannibal Lector reflected on a Plexiglas barrier next to the image of Clarice Starling in “The Silence of the Lambs”. It was an excellent reflection, one requiring much more lighting than I was going to work on while I had to work on other things. But I found the old flashlight under the chin to be suitable for this pose." -- Jesse

Wild Card August Submission from Chrissy

"Yes, I found another way to catch a shot of myself!...In the powder room again....This time I am looking straight down on the top of the faucet.. I liked how my artwork gave the effect of me being squeezed between them..." -- Chrissy

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wild Card Submission from Virginia

I had a few extra photos to throw in at the end of this month.
This photo was the window of a cool antique storefront in Upper Lake, CA. I think the temperature that morning had already hit 98 degrees. I liked the combination of the red door, black bars, and the flower print curtains, which made me feel I was wearing a different blouse than the one I had on. I felt feminine instead of hot, tired, and dumpy!

Doorway to heaven...This was taken in our room at Blue Lakes. The door leads out to the lakefront, but I loved the haziness of the doorway in this photo -- it's almost white light -- hinting of another world or the one I will pass on to at some point. This pic fits the mystic in me.

And here I have golden light, and an almost Indian or Balinese feel -- like I'm traveling through those countries, sampling the wares, eating exotic food, offering alms at the local temples. It was really Kelseyville, CA.

Mirror Mirror Wild Card Submission from Billy

Billy -- I'm missing the text to go with these terrific photos -- care to fill us in?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Wild Card August Submission from Chrissy

"Well I just happened to take this when I noticed my reflection!... I drive a 4 Runner and the model is a 'limited'..... I like the lettering because it looks like a puzzle and it appears I am that puzzle!. lol...I usually watermark my photos and thought this was funny it could be interpreted in a few ways.... 'Limited Chrissy'. Hmmm, am I limited? are any of us limited? Or just unique.... I cropped it so it has a pano look to it.... " -- Chrissy

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wild Card August Submission from Billy

"Here is my Wild card! It is in the window of an original pioneer cabin at Yosemite National Park. I see a happy person, having a great time on an early morning walk in a beautiful place. I see the imperfection in the glass as the imperfect person that I am. The glass keeps out the cold winter winds but allows us to enjoy life outside through it's transparency. It also keeps in the warmth inside of our hearts." -- Billy

Mirror Mirror Challenge August Submission from Billy

I would like to submit this as my August entry. This was taken on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. You can see my image in the picture of Fred Astaire (who sailed on the Queen). It is a shadow image, as are many of the ghosts of passengers past who live on the ship. At one time during WWII, 15,000 American soldiers were transported to England in preparation for D-Day. She was painted gray during war time. She crossed the Atlantic many times and was never attacked. Hitler offered a $250,000 reward to any German commander who could sink her.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Out and About August Submission from Virginia

Here's a photo I took of my friend Judy and I. We went out to eat with my husband after a kick-ass dance rehearsal at Stage Dor a few Fridays ago. A nice Italian restuarant in Sausalito. The lighting is horrible -- but we had gone off to the ladies room together, and there was a communal wash basin and mirror for both men and women in the hallway! I think this must be common in Europe and Mexico, cause you don't see it too often here in the States. While I was snapping a few shots, a man came out of the loo and came up to wash his hands. I said "I'll take a picture of you, too". I think I scared him! Judy and I laughed all the way back to the table!

Mirror Mirror Challenge August Submission from Chrissy

"I have always liked Michael Leu... The first photo is a lithograph of Michael Leu's work.. He loves females and cats.... Always wanted what I would look like in a Michael Leu lithograph!. Now I know.. LOL... The bottom photo is a frame I have and I seem to gravitate to taking pics of just part of me... Guess I want to be mysterious? " -- Chrissy

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mirror Mirror Challenge August Submission

This has been a rough month! And I really have not wanted to take o pictures of myself because of various reasons -- facial skin ailment, weight gain, old age fears...you name it. But the show must go on and I have to trust the process I started this blog with over 3 months ago: to use pictures of myself in a mirror or mirror-like surface to question my perceptions about myself. This is me in my favorite home furnishings shop in Novato -- Morris & Company. It's a tiny two-room shop in a historic, flat-iron Victorian building near the town's old railroad tracks. The store is crammed to the gills with beautiful plates, artwork, linens, crystal, etc. -- and Jan, the owner is an artist herself, so the shop is filled with color, interesting shapes and arrangements, and a ton of eclectic objects. I was in there shopping for a gift, and noticed a multi-paned mirror on the floor. Even though I felt fat and ungainly in the moment, I spontaneously plopped down on the floor (much to Jan's husband's surprise), pulled out my camera, and took some photos of myself. I liked the way the photos turned out, I liked that I seized the moment, and somehow I don't look as bad as I thought I would!