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Photography Hostage

A colleague and I wrote an article together, which is being published in a December issue of our profession's magazine, which appears to involve long bouts of waiting and bursts of frenetic activity.

Today's frenetic activity came under heading "Urgently Locate a Publishable Picture of The Self to send to the Editors" and involved some hand-wringing, and hard-drive-rifling - which did not yield a single solitary shot of me not looking some combination of demented, half-naked, double-chinned, or accessorised with either pink bunny ears or at least one of my children.

Never one to accomplish a simple task simply, I then set out trying to take an acceptable picture of myself. Enter weeping and teeth gnashing and tripod wrestling and one-handed self-portraiture which yielded much comedy output of me managing to blind myself with the flash and get photobombed by my own houseplants, but NO MATTER for a result adhering to my own vanity and socially acceptable standards of human behaviour was finally produced.

The journey through the Diabolical Pictures of Nina Through The Years was not without its high points however, as it led me to this gem:

michelin woman

Here I appear to have suffered some sort of atavistic ethnic terror about the dread promaja* and as a result dressed my child in every item of clothing she had. The outstanding result is I think part Tom Sawyer's Aunt Polly, part Michelin woman, part the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.

*According to Serbian lore, the list of bad ends you will suffer due to exposure to the dreaded draft includes: headache, muscle tension, back pain, bone pain, joint stiffness, meningitis and pneumonia.

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biascut
Nov. 2nd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
(Isn't it draught in British English? i thought it was, but now everyone has said draft I'm confused!)
rainsinger
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
It sounded right when I saw it written, although I think it's one of those words where I have an EnglishFail on account of getting confused between the draught of beer and the drought.

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