Thanks to digital cameras and cellphones equipped with cameras; self-portraiture isn’t just for artists. Today even the talentless masses can create self-portraits. Recently, my Facebook friends have been sharing photos of “blinged-out” manicured fingers and toes; new hairstyles and new hair colors. I’ve also received painfully close images of faces distorted by lens proximity and too much holiday cheer – hiccup. Basically, they are bedecking themselves as they “deck the halls”; and thanks to digital technology and a lack of personal discretion, I’m a witness to it all. Truthfully, all of it has been harmless fun. Some of it has been pretty and most of it has been pretty darn funny.
My entry for this weeks’ challenge consists of a before and after self-portrait. These aren’t before and after makeover shots; like on that television show – What not to Wear. I’m not plain Jane in one picture and hubba-hubba glamorous in the other. I’m unadorned in both.
I took the shots while on vacation in Arizona. The before image was taken just as I set off on a morning solo hike (my good friend and travel companion, Monefa, preferred to sleep in). It was close to 8:00 am and already a sunny 80 degrees; hence no makeup; just sunscreen). I was by myself for most of the 3 mile trail and had to do a one-handed snapshot trick . The after image was taken at the end of the hike. You can see, I’m sizzling and sweating and my hair is more “frizzed” out, but I was so very happy that I completed the trek and got to explore the desert landscape.
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