Friday, 23 October 2015

Introducting Belly Button Photography

Today, I shall finally make that announcement I said I'd make with pink cupcakes. So here goes my very special surprise! My new venture, Belly Button Photography.

Over the last year, a lot has been changing around here. I told you I quit my lecturing job, but you really have no idea what's been going on since then, have you... so let's remedy that! So, I quit my lecturing job in order to have more time to prepare my research project on women and sexual abuse in Paraguay. But things never turn out the way you expect them to, do they? Anyway, after working on this heart and soul for a few months, unfortunately I had to abandon that idea - at least for the foreseeable future. It's a shame, because I really feel that this is such an important subject. But who knows what the future will bring?

Anyway, with this project on hold, and my teaching commitments reduced to a minimum, I ended up having lots of time to do something fun. So I started a photography course last autumn and then treated myself to a professional portrait photography class. I was really just going to go there for fun - unlike most of the other participants who were already working as photographers. We took turns taking pictures of two models, both women. One of them actually specialises in artistic BDSM, and I can honestly tell you that taking pictures of her was tough tough tough. She was alluring, dominant, always in control. Perfect for a dominatrix, more difficult when you're trying to sneak behind that wall protecting her inner self.

I was luckier with fashion model, M. She had this knack for changing from super sad, to cheeky, to happy, in the blink of an eye. So I ended up being able to capture some of her deeper emotions. When we all sat down and showed our best pictures, our teacher was really happy with mine and that made me exceedingly proud of myself and it made me realise that I could actually do this! I could actually be a photographer. Everyone was saying how sensitive I was to these women's feelings. How I'd managed to get them to open up and capture real, natural feelings of sadness and joy where many had found it very hard to capture anything other than fake smiles. One of the participants said I seem to have a special connection with women, and I should really keep doing what I'm doing.

So I took their advice and I kept going, because I could, seen as I just so happened to have this unexpected, huge amount of time on my hands:) I started training full time until I got to that point where I felt happy enough with the quality of my pictures. This is when I set up Belly Button Photography.

So why the pink cupcakes? Because my logo is pink, duh!:)

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