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Aging Mistress Series: Untitled #32.2016
Aging Mistress Series: Untitled #32.2016
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Challenge: In the Style of Cindy Sherman (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Date: Mar 10, 2016
Aperture: 14.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2016


[Mar. 12th, 2016 03:06:06 PM]

I don't know that I've ever done a shot that's given me such a range of emotions before.

Let me preface this by: I really didn't like the Cindy Sherman shots. Her film series really was glorious. Loved those. But I just didn't get the portraits. Some were creepy, some were gross, some were just "huh?". I didn't understand why anyone would find them fascinating or even interesting.

I kept doing more and more research trying to figure it out. One thing that stood out was the fact that when she dressed up, she was taking herself out of the photo. It wasn't about her anymore. That she would even lose herself. Another thing that stuck was that she would put a mirror by the camera.

What a brilliant idea! My self portraits were always completely blind. I didn't know what I got until I chimped. Having a mirror by the camera so I could see what I was doing was perfect! What an obvious solution!

21_F.gif Sfalice and 21.gif posthumous also put it in more perspective in the Cindy Sherman thread.

So I went into this thinking how nice it would be to not be self conscious in front of the camera. That certainly has never happened with me.

So I bought a wig.

Wow -- it was fun! It was glorious! I never had long hair before. (it wouldn't grow past my shoulders). After putting on the wig, I could see how people with long hair get addicted to brushing it out of their face all the time. It was an incredible feeling! I wanted to just keep doing it.

Then I had to figure out what to do. I liked the idea of the historic figures. I had a corset from when I was in "Oliver". Put that on under the dress, and it really didn't work.

Skip the dress.

Now I'm in a corset. That was bizarre enough, because my daughter was in the next room. Yes, she's in college, but still.

Then I kept thinking about one thing I read regarding some of her more sexual photos. The fact that some women had more of an arrogant, defiant look. But that she had some where there was more of a look of victim.

The wig started giving me more confidence. I took shots with the corset.

I took shots without the corset.

I couldn't believe that I took shots without the corset!

I took shots in a black pushup bra.

I couldn't believe I did that either.

I'm rushing through with about 10 minutes left before my son got home. He's 17, and I didn't want to scare him for life. ;)

I had three options. I sent them to two friends, and one said that I looked terrified in the 3rd. That was perfect!! And I was terrified. exhilarated. scared. petrified. etc.

This was my commentary on society. Reminiscent of Cindy Sherman's Aging debutante series.

Woman do not usually grow old gracefully. Society doesn't want to see them growing old.

Woman who are heavier are also not wanted to be seen by society. Seriously -- they're considering a size 8 as plus sized models? How many woman do you know that are below a size 8?

So here's me. An aging woman, hating the lines that are appearing on her neck. Not particularly pleased with her own appearance because it's definitely not acceptable society-wise. Yet emboldened by long hair and hiding behind myself.

I'm so glad I did it. I don't know if I'm glad I did it.

All I know is taking the wig off was a huge letdown. Back to my self-conscious, aging, short, fine haired, dishwater blond.

Too many ups and downs in one challenge.

A lot to learn about myself.

I believe in the society norms.

What a shame.



[Mar. 17th, 2016 10:11:07 PM]

Thanks for the comments! But seriously.. TINY???? Everyone knows he's better looking! ;P

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 30
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03/15/2017 12:54:29 PM
The photo is great; the explanation is fabulous. Having read it I realize that I'm going through the aging thing too, but I'm a guy so society gives me an 80% pass. The other 20% I deal with. Really love your zeal (if that's the right word).
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03/22/2016 04:17:07 PM
Originally posted by flaherma:

Hey Wendy, congrats on the HM. And more importantly, congrats on taking that huge step out of your comfort zone to do this. Your story is great.


This^^^ times 100.
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03/20/2016 10:25:35 PM
I think this is fantastically raw and very well done. The offset crop was the right choice - and that hair! Congrats on top 5.
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03/20/2016 02:40:53 PM
A great photo and a facinating read. Thanks!
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03/18/2016 09:18:09 PM
I think I'm enjoying your photographic journey nearly as much as mine.
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03/18/2016 04:33:22 PM
Delighted this got an HM. Thought it deserved better :)
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03/18/2016 04:28:53 PM
Nailed it!
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03/18/2016 01:32:12 PM
Congrats. Well done.
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03/18/2016 11:32:16 AM
Such Courage!!!
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03/18/2016 09:16:50 AM
Bravo!!! What a great accomplishment on all levels! Congratulations!
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03/18/2016 08:51:46 AM
WTG Wendy!
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03/18/2016 08:38:14 AM
Excellent, should have ribboned me thinks.
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03/18/2016 06:32:06 AM
Originally posted by tnun:

tiny?


I have a bigger bosom.
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03/18/2016 01:41:07 AM
Hey Wendy, congrats on the HM. And more importantly, congrats on taking that huge step out of your comfort zone to do this. Your story is great.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2016 09:23:08 PM
tiny?
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03/17/2016 09:21:51 PM
daring and beautiful
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03/17/2016 06:37:05 PM
Wendy, this is just glorious, on so many levels. I love your courage, and that you were able to create something that I know is out of your comfort zone. I love the wig. You should wear it more often, even if just around the house :)
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03/16/2016 11:42:13 PM
yes, this shows how a self portrait can lose its sense of self, and how vulnerable we can be when we are *not* ourselves.
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03/16/2016 05:03:39 PM
Fabulous engagement with the challenge. Well executed too.

Voted earlier (it was a 9).
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03/13/2016 09:42:30 PM
8 from me
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03/13/2016 05:09:40 PM
Great portrait, great expression...10
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03/13/2016 10:15:53 AM
Beautiful and well light I gave an 8.
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03/12/2016 01:21:25 PM
I love it.
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03/11/2016 10:30:21 PM
Superb portrait I give 8
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03/11/2016 07:45:10 PM
Vulnerable and lovely!
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03/11/2016 05:46:56 PM
Bold photo, great lighting, exposure and focus. The stare is intense penetrating. Well done but to me lacks the odd, quirky side of many of Cindy's photos.
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03/11/2016 09:18:36 AM
Very nicely done, I like the lighting and the expression on the models face.
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