Wednesday

When the lens was turned on me....

I was living across the bay from San Francisco. I enrolled in a summer class at Cal State Hayward to hone some of my digital photography skills. As I was waiting in the assigned classroom, because of course I was early, a young college boy walked in and asked if I was the instructor. That was the first time I realized- I might be the only 'old' person in this class. The young college boy was then followed by even younger college girls. Until the room filled up completely. I eyed the door. I considered bolting. But I paid for the class already- and my husband had agreed to babysit so I reconsidered and waited for the instructor. Eventually he came in- also young, disheveled and because I judge and asses people immediately...I decided he was unorganized and unprepared. I was right.

I attended those Saturday classes for 6 weeks. I learned very little. And second to the last week we were put on teams (the very concept of a creative team makes me cringe) to.....get this.....photograph each OTHER. This put me in a tail spin of panic. I am really only comfortable BEHIND the camera. And I was sporting about 40 extra lbs at the time. So my self image was pretty darn low. SO the following week arrives and all the little young co-eds arrived in the skimpiest, tiniest and sexiest outfits they owned. You know- to be in their own fabulous 'photo shoot'. Obviously they were hoping to parlay the photos of themselves to use on their MySpace profile. I however, arrived with a coat. A huge coat. and A scarf. A hat. And a big ol flower. Time for my close up? I decide to block the majority of my face with the flower. I got an A+ in the class. But certainly not for my modeling choices....those need a lot of work.

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18 comments:

Tammy said...

Too funny!

I still feel so young, even at 40, but when I see the young, TINY college girls I suddenly become and old tired woman! :-)

The Apron Queen said...

MY age doesn't make me feel old. My KIDS' ages make me feel old! ie, I'm the Mom of a 21 yr old. UGH! :)

My Fro post this week is about being crowned The Toobing Queen. Laughs guaranteed. http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/2008/07/toobing-on-lake-in-texas.html

Suz Broughton said...

Marcy! I love this photo. You know I think you are beautiful, inside and out.

Ok, Where Was I? said...

It's a great photo. I wrote about body stuff too today--must be something in the air.

califmom said...

And yet I love that photo, probably more than one a scantily clad coed. Your eyes say so much. You may have been trying to hide, but I don't think you succeeded. ;o)

Carol VR said...

Had the flower of been any bigger it would of covered your entire head.

P.S. He loves you... said...

Now, this is a new one on me..."flower mouth"...Good for you!

Happy Mommy said...

I think you look great! I love the flower in the mouth, I normally have my foot in mine!

We are THAT Family said...

I agree with everyone else-very beautiful, even with a full mouth!

P.S. Feeling somewhat better, trying to get an appointment, thanks for your email.

Threeundertwo said...

I love that picture! I'm not even brave enough to put one of me on my avatar.

You deserved the A+.

Jerralea said...

What a great pic! I bet it was more memorable than those of the skinny-minis in your class. Think about it, in 10 years they'll be unrecognizable!

bunchofbull-ers! said...

Great picture! I've driven by that campus many times....I was born & raised in Fremont!

LifeatTheCircus said...

You are cute! I would have shuddered at the thought of being a model... you seem to have handled it with grace and ease! Nicely done!

jennifer said...

Aww! I like the photo!

I completely understand. I do not want anyone snapping photos of me right now as I am sporting about 40 extra too.

Be blessed.

Jen

D... said...

I actually really like the photo! Very unique. :)

My Sincerely 'Fro Me to You post is here.

Muthering Heights said...

The photo turned out very well!

Gina said...

Good for you, staying in the class!! It IS unnerving to be the "nontraditional" student.
I loved the photo shoot! The big flower in your mouth is GREAT!!

foolery said...

Could you have better apple cheeks if you tried?! Nice try at hiding, Miss Marcy, but you can't bury beauty, you know. :)