This is my first contribution to the gallery. It’s a great blogging innovation since the carnivals and memes have become a little tiring and dull for me. That’s not to say they’re not good, I have a very short attention span.
It’s a very thoughtful inspiration as well and one that resonates with us all, especially if you have lost your Mum like AWNTYM who bravely, and proudly posted her photos.
I have three photos which I’m posting as my contribution. It may seem vain but they do tell a story. They were taken last month while we were stuck in Juan les Pins in the South of France and unable to get home due to the volcanic cloud. We were staying in a 4* hotel which was great, except it was empty (except for a phantom crapper who dropped a load outside of our lift – I kid you not), and also it felt like The Shining. It was weird.
So I thought I’d take some profile shots for my blog. I’d washed all my underwear with shampoo because the laundry service was about 12 Euros per item – I’d only planned for 6 days not 10. Frankly, I was also going a bit stir crazy. After too much steak and red wine, I decided I was going to pen a post on blogging styles. This photo was meant to be on the rhetoric of washing your dirty linen in public and on your blog. It’s not something I do a lot of mostly because I’m a wimp but I do admire a lot of bloggers who write cathartically. So while I’ve yet to realise my story in full, this is me everyone.
The first one is the laundry shot – I will still use this photo for a comment piece because it’s quite atmospheric – I cheekily cropped this for my profile pic too
Second is the more serious one but it actually reminds me of my Mum and my daughter so there is a thread I like. I know I was talking through my teeth to my daughter as I took this. She was watching French TV and about to go to sleep. We were desperately awaiting news of the airspace reopening so I think there’s a bit of tension too.
And finally I love this one because it looks like I am in league with an evil twin but it’s really me and me – my reflection looks soft in comparison to the hard profile so this image has a sense of inner vulnerability about it which I like – I also look like I’m sharing a joke, which I probably was with my daughter, who found the whole episode completely nutty.
Isn’t it funny though, I don’t know if it’s just me but it really shows the photos were taken in a sunny place, even though it’s the evening. I’ve always believed that location always seeps into photography and mysteriously too; this is surely proof of that.