Monday, December 15, 2008

Vain, versatile or both?


This started off being about me trying to get a decent self portrait of my latest haircut. I'm a short hair girl - or have been for 10 years - and this is long for me. Finally I feel it looks nice, rather than just hair, so felt I should take a picture.

The more pictures I took the more I found myself thinking, but I look so good in the mirror, why are all the photos coming out so crap? So I took more photos and they kept coming out crap. Double chin, wrinkles too obvious, jowly cheeks, baggy eyes - in some the camera completely altered my face shape! Why did the camera keep deceiving me so cruelly?

That then got me to thinking about AMNT. The latest series was on last night - it's a guilty pleasure of mine. It's so superficial, so nasty at times, yet I watch it without fail. They were given a challenge to portray real conviction, passion in causes through a photograph. You could tell that some of them were really trying, but when the final photos were shown, there was hardly any emotion showing in any of their faces.

That then led me to a thought I've often had - acting - how hard can it be, really? So, as I was unable to portray beauty in my self portraits, I thought I'd aim for real emotion. Have you ever seen the little bit in Vanity Fair where they have an actor and three photos beneath which they have captions like "You have just accepted your Oscar for best actor" and then there is said actor pulling that face. Well that led me to this..
Who's feeling witty enough to amuse me with captions for each?
PS yes, I am a mother of two with many more pressing things to be doing than this!

8 comments:

Pina said...

:) I have the same problems with taking photos of myself. Then I wonder, if I really look like that when I am not looking at myself in a mirror. Maybe...

Sarah said...

Oh you cracked me up!

dearmolly said...

All I get when I take self portraits are big flash bulbs in the mirror - so I think you've done a great job regardless!!

Love your haircut, and I've now have a short cut too (just a little bit longer at the front) having had a pretty big haircut myself:)

Little Min said...

Great hair, great self portraits and great expressions! I can see Ella resembles her mama.

I wish I could come up with some witty captions here but it's way past my bedtime...

t h a i t r a i t said...

You're hilarious! No words can express your lovely faces. Your expressions are expression enough!

I've been known to take lots o' mirror pictures too...

Sandy said...

You crack me up! You're gorgeous inside and out. The haircut is great. The funny faces are equally great.

Lindsay said...

You make me laugh thank you!

I think your haircut looks really great.

I don;t think I'll be blogging again until we get back so have a really happy Christmas! Hope you have a lovely family time - and the weather gets better, it looks quite chilly in Melbourne at the moment - we are willing the sun to stay out in Adelaide! Lxxx

Paula said...

Happy new year to you!! I have loved catching up on your blog and especially love this post :) I am back in Tokyo now after a few weeks in Melb, was wonderful....is a bit cold here now...clear and sunny.......but brrrrrrrrr :)