The Gallery, Week 12

>> Wednesday, 19 May 2010

OK, I know I said I would never do this (sorry Husband if you're reading but since my photo has already been out there in Red Magazine, I think not taking part in Tara's Gallery this week would be rather like locking the stable door after the horse has bolted...), but here I am. This is me, this morning.

I experimented with a few ways to take a self portrait without actually showing my face; I began with a blurred reflection in a window, and moved on to a shadow silhouette, but both of those seemed to give too many opportunities for people to draw their own conclusions about how I might view myself as both an expat and a trailing spouse. And since, by and large, that is not at all representative of my self-image, I decided to go instead for an image partially obscured by the flash.

Everything has a subtext of course, and now I come to think of it, this photo could also be said to have one; behind the bright light of the life I'm currently experiencing, it's just the same old me, in need of a haircut and wearing a blue t-shirt, a watch, and a smile.

Or, you could forget all that subtext crap and just see me, with a camera.


(Oh, and my light tan? All from the Moscow sunshine. Who would have thought it?)


Nova 19 May 2010 at 08:00  

I know that trying to hide behind the camera trick too. ;0)
Wish I could say it was tanning weather here.

Karin @ Cafe Bebe 19 May 2010 at 08:05  

Very cool! I am impressed! ;)

Nickie @ Typecast 19 May 2010 at 08:57  

I found a way to not take a photo because everyone has been subjected to far too many pictures of me already...

I like your take on the subject :)

Cheshire Mum 19 May 2010 at 09:11  

Ha ha! Got to try to maintain some intrigue! Pretty lady & no I wouldn't have thought the Moscow sunshine would be making tans at this time of year! Cx

Belgravia wife - sort of 19 May 2010 at 09:32  

In this photo I completely see son number one - love the Muscovite tan xx

nixdminx 19 May 2010 at 09:34  

bloody hell potty, look at that chiselled jawline - have you lost a lot ofweight or what? you look amazing even though the flash is dazzling - very blondie/parallel lines! xx

Potty Mummy 19 May 2010 at 11:37  

Nova, thanks for commenting and yes I did hear that the weather back home is not quite as good as it might be...

Karin - thankyou!

Nicola, yep, looked at yours. Why didn't I think of that?

Cheshire Mum, thankyou and yes, I really should start using more sun cream!

BW, really? Son #1? (I thought more Son #2..) And yes, it's worth a visit here in the summer - but you knew that already!

NM, did I ever tell you I love you? However, sadly no weight loss - I think it's just that thing where your fat redistributes itself further south (at least, going by the tightness of my waistbands, anyway!). Still love you though.

mammydiaries 19 May 2010 at 12:47  

I like it :) We had the Irish Summer here this morning. It lasted for all of 45 minutes.

Iota 19 May 2010 at 13:16  

Oooh, here's a really weird thing. Really weird. I think you look a little bit like me. I don't know about real life, but in that photo you do (with my former hair...)

Josie @Sleep is for the Weak 19 May 2010 at 14:33  

Ooh you sneaky, hiding behind the flash!

Cool picture though :)

deer baby 19 May 2010 at 16:08  

Great to put a face (well, almost though the blinding light) to the name. You have cheekbones to die for.

sister3 19 May 2010 at 16:36  

it took me qujite a long time to decide wether or not I would cheat, or put my picture...I finally (almost) put my picture, and hubby didn't shout
spaciba (didn't find the right alphabet on my computer)

Chelle 19 May 2010 at 16:52  

Smart! Cool photo too:-)

Potty Mummy 19 May 2010 at 17:35  

MD - reminds me of the old joke (which I have used on here before, so apologies); the British - and the Irish too, of course - like two days of the year. Christmas, and Summer...

Iota, that IS weird... Will they be able to tell us apart in Pat Val's, do you think?

Thansk Josie - and is your photo up yet?

DB, loved your photos (you actually remind me very much of someone I used to work with). And as for the cheekbones - it's a trick of the light. You should try the flash shot sometime; I swear it works wonders!

Sister3; I LOVED your photo. It looked so natural!

Chelle, thanks for commenting and for being polite about the photo!

Bush Mummy 19 May 2010 at 19:21  

Looking good Potty! Nice to see you (again!).. A tan? In Moscow? Who'd have thought eh?

BM x

nappy valley girl 19 May 2010 at 20:02  

You're looking good, PM, Moscow obviously suits you!

Mwa 19 May 2010 at 20:19  

I love seeing all these bloggers for real. Nice photo!

Crystal Jigsaw 19 May 2010 at 20:36  

We can still see you, and you're lovely!

CJ xx

TheMadHouse 19 May 2010 at 21:31  

I am really enjoying meeting everyone!

Calif Lorna 20 May 2010 at 04:18  

Very cool shot! I did the same thing, trying to find a sneaky way to take a photo but not really showing my face and just gave up. But I'm really enjoying seeing everyone else and glad I took part.

Potty Mummy 20 May 2010 at 08:25  

Thanks BM - and since everyone else seems to have no hang-up about it, I thought I should out myself too...

NVG - I'm beginning to suspect that the mirror is one of those elongating ones...

Mwa, really interesting, isn't it?

CJ, you can still see me? I knew I should have left the overhead light off...

Me too, MadHouse!

Grit, no. I definitely look better by star light...

Lorna, me too - suprisingly!

mothership 21 May 2010 at 03:28  

great photo! I love the hair (and the tan).

bubbleboo 23 May 2010 at 16:18  

Bah, who needs a subtext?!

I'm only just now getting round to visiting everyone! It was my first Gallery this week - sure picked a great one to start with!

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