"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Monday, January 23, 2012

Model On A Pillow (Magpie Tales)



He strapped her to a bale of cotton,
and turned her in circles for the camera,
like an automobile under the lights.
He airbrushed the tendons out of her hands
the clench out of her teeth
and the stretch marks out of her thighs,
like an artist smoothing the parchment
hung on the wall for affect.


When Tess Kincaid of Magpie Tales offered this image for inspiration this week, for some reason, I thought of the Detroit Auto Show and all the models coiffed and collared.

29 comments:

Helen said...

Incredibly creative ...

Frances Garrood said...

Very neat!

Other Mary said...

Oh, I really like the idea of the photographer tampering with the image...hiding the stress and tension. Cool.

Brian Miller said...

yes, all semblence of reality removed to make it all the more tantalizing...sad isnt it...

Travener said...

Very nice.

Daydreamertoo said...

Very nice rendition of this piece of 'art'

Tess Kincaid said...

She does look incredibly placid...

Doctor FTSE said...

The camera doesn't lie, but Photoshop tells incredible porkies.

Claudia said...

the pic surely has something artificial like the models on such auto shows..i much like your word choice in this, making her all a passive and made up object..hung on the wall for affect...great take on the prompt yvonne

izzy said...

definitely an effort! I like the airbrush touch!

Trellissimo said...

I bet many women would pay a lot for a treatment like that! LOL

Jemi Fraser said...

Very nicely done!

Lyn said...

This is truly what they do..airbrush the life out of 'em! A very good take ...perfect.

Summer Rain said...

quite impressive.

Cad said...

N.B. there is another verse now on Trellissimo's post from yesterday - I'd hate you to miss out on another laugh! LOL

rel said...

Airbrushed against the wrinkled backdrop--- prophecy perchance or was it ...
happenstance?
rel

ninotaziz said...

Thought provoking on ,many levels...

Liza said...

This gave me such a sense of what we see in advertisements, vs. what is really there. Well done.

Mama Zen said...

I love your take!

Lucy Westenra said...

It's always puzzled me why we don't see as many naked men masquerading as "Art" as we do women. Can anyone explain?

Carrie Burtt said...

I could use a touch up as well.....great writing Yvonne!

Lolamouse said...

Perfect! Men are obsessed with cars and women, after all!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi all,
Thanks for the comments. I appreciate every one. I read and re-read every one, and making the rounds to all your blogs. As Lucy says, Why don't we see as many naked men airbrushed for our pleasure, masquerading as art?

G-Man said...

Ha!! All of my pics are airbrushed!
Loved your story Yvonne...

susan m hinckley said...

Wow -- I really liked this take on the image. It feels pretty resentful to me -- brought out emotions in me immediately, whereas the image did not have the same effect. Cool.

Yvonne Osborne said...

G-Man,
Is that why you look so good?

Susan,
Resentful....yes, those emotions are definitely here. Thanks so much.

MorningAJ said...

I wish someone could airbrush my stretchmarks!

Wander said...

I like your take on this, and thanks for your comment on my blog, Herbert was brilliant, and I think the fifth and sixth in the Dune series were the culmination of his life. Try enders game not as vast as Dune but has one of the best all time endings!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Morning AJ,
Thanks for commenting. I surely do appreciate it!

Wander,
Thank you. Dune was magnificient, but I never did read the entire series. I'll add Enders Game to my "to-read" list. I love a good ending!