Saturday, February 23, 2008

In A Different Light

Portrait of a Lady (with a really big forehead) 

On some days this is a nature blog with a little travel twist - other days it tends to gravitate towards a travel blog with a little nature twist. In almost every instance I like my blog to celebrate creativity - either that which mother nature renders with her slow, steady hand, basically whatever I can come up with looking down the lens of my Canon 20D. Natural selection versus My selection -- either one will do in a blog pinch. 

Ah, but then are times like this week when work gets in the way forcing today's post to wander well outside the blogger box.  My blog has been stuck for an entire week on a wind-blown pyramid in Egypt in 2005 because I have been stuck in an underground ballroom in a make-believe world run by a mouse with big ears and suspenders in 2008. 

Let me tell you - this is my idea of hell - stuck in the dungeon of the most visited entertainment complex in the world with a staggering 25 million visitors per year.  And nowhere in this entire fantasy-land-run-amok-with-materialism is there anything with a semblance of "natural" or "nature" for that matter to celebrate in a blog post (keep in mind for a brief second in history I was number 59 with a bullet on the Nature Blog Network and my seven fans are rather demanding!)

So what does a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-absolutely-nothing Leo do stuck in an underground ballroom while both nature and his Canon 20D remain completely unavailable to him - he gets creative with what's available -- a computer, a couple of glamorous colleagues and an imagination that might make old Walt proud.

So, in lieu of the usual travel or nature posts, I present to you this collection of my beautiful, smart, saavy co-stars down here in the basement ballroom - photographed "in a different light" with the fun-house camera on my computer, artistically rendered by the "painterly" effects in my Photoshop CS3 and all done "whistling while we worked" in the true spirt of, ahem, Disney Magic.

Betty, Embracing Her Ugly

The Mona Lisa of Minneapolis (ya betcha!)

She Nose Her Wine

Paris at the Hilton

Pretty in Pastel

Throwing Witty Barbs

Chin-nook of the North

Yes, these are all real people --  as seen through the creative eye of...

Yours truly
(madly, deeply)

thanks for letting me out of the box!

Many thanks to these incredible women for participating in my creative whimsy and allowing their generous beauty to be seen in a different light: Kelly Egan from NYC, Pam Wagner from Minneapolis, Leslie Knopfler from Currituck County, NC, Nellie Lorenz from Los Angeles, Tonya Batty from NYC, Barb Blauman from Dayton, OH, Marianne Ranick from Northern California.


Lana Gramlich said...

Wow! Some of those pix are pretty freaky! My sympathies on the Magic Kingdom. You couldn't PAY me to go there! Ugh! *sympie hug*

Kathryn and Ari said...

I'm always thrilled to meet another nature blogger, particularly one who channels E.O. Wilson (though I have to say, your prose is a LOT more readable than his.) Thanks!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wow i bet your a real fun person to be around you made my dreary day here have lots of smiles on my sour face. Thanks

Mary said...

Oh My Goodness. This was so much FUN! TR, your experiences around the world are enviable. Hey, I'm trying hard to ignore the NBN rankings. There are new blogs racing to the top every day and my red arrow is blazing hot :o)

Keep on doing what you do so well...I enjoy your musings.

By the way, I loved Disney World. Been there twice - yeah, it's all fake but a nice escape. Now I'd prefer a vacation with real life...

;o said...

The results of your highly creative out-of-the-box energy via CS3 are GREAT. Me thinks this 'jack of all trades' is master of more than he admits.

quintarantino said...

Great job with the photos ... they could be paitings.

Anonymous said...

I like Betty Embracing Her Ugly the most. I would actually hang that on my wall. She looks like an interesting character!

Crayons said...

I can barely think of a worse place for you to be stuck. When I look at the portraits I feel afraid to go out in the street. They look like a metaphor for the place itself.

Anonymous said...

oh and didn't post the negative comment...just goes to show you who has the guts and who doesnt.


Anonymous said...

I loved those photos/paintings.. they were great!

What an inspiration!

ArneA said...

These portraits are top. Spectacular and creative production. Take them from your computer put them on canvas and get a name in the history of painting art
Is the computer a Mac?

monsoon dreams said...

thats really funny!and creative!


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