I have a thing about hands and feet. Especially hands. I love hands. (I love lamp.) When I look at other art models' work I always look at what their hands are doing, and I've been told quite a few times that mine are very expressive when posing! Hands can be interesting in shots, to me at least; so I suppose it's for the best (from a photographer's point of view) that a tattoo artist refused to mark my thumb pad a couple of years ago with a little symbol I'd asked for, though I was quite annoyed at the time. Probably saved a lot of photoshopping over the years.
This last week or so has been really nice - ultra sociable and busy, as I've been putting the effort in to trying new things and meeting new people (since 5 of my friends have moved away from my area in the last month or two; and after super life changes I really felt I needed to make my own changes!!). It's been fun. I've started two new dance classes (ballet/stretch and tap, both of which I hadn't done in a while, though the ballet teacher said to me 'goodness, we'll have you on pointe next week', which was brilliantly ego boosting and made me feel like the proverbial three-year-old being patted on the back, beaming; yes, I'd sneakily pretended to be a near-beginner. I know; bad of me.) and advanced tap (with amusing burlesque style moves), which is just ridiculously fun, militant and fast paced with no mercy - very good for cardio. I've been out for drinks a few times, including once with a friend I hadn't seen since primary school (but who had given me advice on Mexico last year, since she'd been living there), invited Holly Ivory Flame over to come blackberry picking & nattering with me around the woods near my house (foraging!!! Love it!), and I've even joined a 'meet up' group and met an amazing (and mad) group of girls last night over a cocktail or three, with book club talks in the running too (all the current book clubs in Oxford seem to be reading incredibly boring books, so we agreed we'd veto those). AND I've started a new blog, more writing-based and fewer pictures-of-myself-naked orientated; a series of epiphanies about 'growing up' and 'things I think I know' about life, truth, art... etc.; that way, I get a writing platform and you lot don't have to read quite so much of my un-industry-related waffle (like this) here (though there might occasionally be some overlap). Win win. I might link to it on here sometime soon-ish, so that if you want to follow me there as well, you can. I'll let it grow a bit first though.
The following set of images were taken on film by photographer Steven Billups, during our visit to a ruined castle near Pforzheim in Germany. Steven is great to work with and I think these are very gentle and peaceful. One of them sold quite quickly after they were developed! I like the movement of my hair in the last. Showing lots from the same set here, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the ones we made in the beautiful Black Forest.
*Now taking bookings for November and December, to finish this year on a creative high!*
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