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Me ~Older & Wiser~

Faux HDR
{faux HDR}


Sheep~ish
{in my light filled living room}

I am practicing taking self portraits...It makes me feel strange. Self absorbed but also...Oddly enough...Wiser.
Now that I am older I accept my looks like I never did before. I still hate the little skin tone moles on my nose and temple {if they were coloured I think I'd be okay with them, as is, they look too much like warts. We all know who sports warts on their noses...} I don't like my gap teeth but I can live with them after years of contemplating braces. My hair quite literally has a mind of it's own, my ex swore he could see it creeping across the pillow to strangle him... :) I am getting serious creases from looking through the viewfinder...
I have my Dad's eyes. I look in the rear view mirror sometimes and gasp...It's him there...So I love them.
The face I have now is who I really am. I hardly wear make up {brown mascara~over my light red eyelashes and translucent powder for shine control}, I don't photoshop it in pictures unless it is to create something obvious, like the first photo. I know not to hold my chin up, or to look left...Or to smile too hard. I am getting to know my best angle...For photos and for life.
I've noticed that the "bigger" girls have much less photos of themselves on their blogs...I am a bigger girl {Canadian size 14/16, in case you'd like to know}. Mostly okay with that. Except the shapeless clothes I love is for waifs...
Many of my favourite blogs feature the author quite often and I think nothing of it. I don't feel the blogger's are self centered or full of themselves...I like to see them...I would like to see all of you! So post a selfie and let me know about it.
What do you think? Why do, or don't, you put photos of yourself on your blog? What do you think of those blogger's who regularly do?
xo

CrowNology

15 comments:

Line said...

you look beautiful Andrea!

Megan Belcher said...

You are so gorgeous, my dear Crow! And that hair... heavenly :)

Heather said...

you look beautiful! i love red heads...my daughter has red hair and a gap between her two front teeth, i love her smile!
as for pictures, i often think, who would want to see me???? LOL, maybe tomorrow...it's a great idea...it would be fun to see everyone!!!

Susan said...

I agree - you're a stunner and that hair. Gorgeous! I too am a 14/16 and finally have found a man who adores me exactly as I am (both physically + emotionally)... and the funny thing is he has helped me "so" much to except and adore all of me too xo Susan & les Gang

Ashley Sisk said...

That second version is gorgeous!

cserdan said...

I love seeing others self-portraits and I don't think it comes across as being self-absorbed. I admire your courage. I'm still completely uncomfortable being on the other side of the lens. Hopefully one day I will get there!

gallerydarrow said...

You're gorgeous!
Why don't I, because frankly I'm old, especially in comparison, however I've discovered most of my followers are around my same age. I love my older mind, my older face is fine in person, frozen on the internet, not so much.

xoxo

Susan said...

ps. I was single for 16 years and madly love with a red rescued golden retriever named Jake when I began my blog nearly 4 years ago. When Jake died (at 13) I began tumbling fast & furiously into a deep pit of loneliness & ultimately depression and then one sunny September day ... I ran into a man with a chocolate puppy in the park near my house, here in my tiny seaside village. It's a "pinch me" story, and 18 months later it still is.

http://29blackstreet.blogspot.com/2009/11/7-days.html

Vicki said...

yes, you are beautiful. red hair is my favorite - and the curls! i love love your pictures. i like self portraits- it's artsy and i think other bloggers want to see what each other looks like in a real way.

kate i said...

Stunning, just stunning you are! I think you`re right, it`s much easier to relate to other bloggers, to know who speaking to us when we can picture them behind the words. So glad you`ve introduced yourself this way...and that hair is amazing. Love it, just love it!!

MrsLittleJeans said...

You are asking a lot of questions Mlle! First off that first picture of you is goddess like----my goodness you have gorgeous hair. I love your teeth and your complexion, what is not to like. Second, I agree that larger people do not post photos. The other questions I will have to think more of and right now I must run...I will let you know if I post a picture of myself. xoxo

Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

I do LOVE your crazy red hair. Mine is kinda crazy like that in the humidiity, but all flat here in Wyo. But I always wished it would be red :)

I am always uncomfortable taking self-portraits (I just CAN'T when other people are around) but I don't feel so self-concious posting them. I guess that's because I would never post a bad picture of myself :) I began trying it, even though I'm shy, because I loved some of the other self-portraits I was seeing on Flickr. Those girls always look so very confident - not self-posessed - to me. And always in those natural surroundings in gorgeous light...I wanted to be in those pictures, so I started trying to put myself there.

Nancy*McKay said...

OH WHAT A DEEPLY INSPIRING QUERY/POST Andrea!
I can always count on you to do just that...inspire me deeply!!!

you know so well how i do&don't put my photos on my blog...
when i do, i show just a wee bit of me, here & there...
a neck, an eye, a corner of my smile...
but i do&don't mostly because MY blog isn't about ME...
it's about my "art" or another artist's art (i try&like to support others).
& that's mostly where & why i disconnect my physical self from the process. ME is not MY focus. I'm just not that into ME.

all i want/need is a place to post my mood in photos!
&
i...
find myself...quite boring, much less interesting, compared to that which inspires me...
the sunlight streaming in on my old oak table, dancing off the rim of a beautifully handcrafted "made for me" porcelain teapot, casting a radiant glow of mellow yellow upon the ceramic blues&greens, while i sit & sip my cup of earl grey...
i look for the beauty & the romance that i can capture in a simple mood...in an (extra)ordinary object.
THAT is what moves me,
THAT is what balances me,
relaxes me...& i am able to step outside myself and leave my everyday work life behind.
THAT is what i can show you, photograph for you.

Perhaps, if i were a self-employed, everyday artist & making a solid living from my artwork...my motivation & openess might be very, very different...i might be more inclined to show you ALL of me...THE PHYSICAL ARTIST...in all my "imperfect picture" glory...moles, crooked teeth, big feet, knobby knees, leaping in tall grasses, diving into the deep blue sea, or holding hands w/my man while we stroll through the city...because i would EAT/DRINK/SLEEP my art...because my NEED to express myself would have already been satisfied...because i, also, would be FREE to do so.
I just might be a little more into the physical ME because the heart of me would be established & complete....
but,
in truth, i'm also quite shy. i struggle with creativity outside of a photograph. i don't write. and i'm self conscious. most bloggers care to know more about what "i do" than what i look like...and,
i kinda like the mystery of it all.

i'm protective of my personal life because i have to be...other's lives & (work) reputations can be directly affected by what i say/publish/post...i must be careful.
i have a corporate employer.
&
therefore, i am an employee.
then i am an artist.
&
so, for now, i play in the mood of mystery!

XOXO
&
BTW, YOU should post/photograph yourself more often...YOU are INSPIRING, your looks create a mood (raphaelian romance) & capture a rare & unique BEAUTY!

kerin rose said...

oh I am in Ro's boat...for some reason, folks imagine me a younger version of myself.... I have a fear my outsides will not match the 'perception' that some seem to have of who I am...which is odd to me, as in truth, it really is my essential soul self that appears on the pages...you, friend , are gorgeous....! inside and out!

Nina said...

You are sooooo beautiful.
I must start taking portraits of myself. In my work I´m used to beeing photographed. I like to see people behind the blogs too, but for some reason I´ve never really thought that the ones who read my blog would be curious about me. But obviously they are. I have posted a few pics of myself and always had very positive feedback, mainly the fact that readers want to see a rreal person.