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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

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self-portrait Tuesday

This photo was shot in my bathroom mirrors. The color cast from the bank of lights above the mirrors gave a late late twilight look to it, which I decided not to correct, but painted it a bit in PS. Sometimes things become something else than originally intended.

I was trying to take a picture of a new necklace I got Sunday at the DIY Trunk Show, from Natalia’s wonderful collection. I didn’t really know what the story was behind it – but the shape was initial-like (B) – and it’s curvaceous beauty spoke to me.

This is actually an Ek Ong Kar (symbolizing one creator and is a central tenet of Sikhism.)

In my daily grind as a photographer, I am almost always in plain, utility type clothing. This time of year, the Parka becomes the Chief Commander of my wardrobe. And, if you’ve ever seen folks dressed for outdoor work, stylishness is not at a premium, but function is. It has always been comforting to me to wear garments and objects underneath all of it that either flaunt the function or are just beautiful in themselves. If I’m feeling especially crushed by the weather, a favorite La Perla turquoise lace set makes its *appearance* and even though no one else knows why I might be smiling, happiness will be washing me down.

This little pendant joins the collection of things that are underneath. It is personal (initial), beautiful (craftsmanship), and spirtual. Quite a triple play.

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And it reminded me of another favorite emblem – worn at all times by possibly the most incredible Tudor of all.

And, in the unpredictable way that culture chooses its icons, the necklace of one of the most historically infamous has become the neck piece of one of our current favorites, none other than Ugly Betty!


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