I LIKE contrasts. I like seeing two things that seem to be polar opposites of one another together. This combination can be something amazing that one wouldn’t have possibly imagined working or an absolute disaster. Sometimes things that seemingly contradict each other just mesh perfectly.
A hardcore rapper recording a duet with a pop singer with a beautiful voice might create a really amazing, fascinating song. Two artists that are about as different as you can imagine… but somehow, it works.
A heavy metal band performing with an orchestra can sound AMAZING.
Chocolate covered cherries? Yes please. French fries and ranch? Yes please.
Of course, there is also the potential for a collaboration to be an abomination… like pineapple on pizza.
Being bi gender is an interesting and perfect example of contrast. Speaking for myself, of course. I own a beautiful gown and a three piece suit. At a wedding I could be the best man or the maid of honor.
I think a lot of you can relate.
For many of us, our male lives do not give off a hint of our femme selves. I mean, yes, it might make sense in retrospect. When I came out to my siblings, one sister was completely caught off guard, the other said it made sense when she thought about it and recalled certain moments growing up. Like, all of a sudden the pieces fell into place when she bumped into me in the women’s section at Target a few years ago.
If you saw me right now, like RIGHT NOW, I am pretty sure it would be hard to imagine that I am the person in this photo.
But I am.
As of this very sentence, I am slouched on the sofa, I have a few days of stubble on my face, and I look about as lazy as it gets. I look tired. I need a nap, I need coffee.
It’s strange knowing what I look like RIGHT NOW is also the same person in the above picture. That is the power of a dress, of makeup, of attitude.
My fascination with contrast, or perhaps in a more accurate term, the opposite of an assumption, is also reflected in the lives of other t-girls. I know beautiful t-girls who operate forklifts in their male lives. Truck drivers who wear stilettos on the weekend. Crossdressers who paint their nails while watching football.
Of course, none of these things HAVE to be exclusively for men OR women. People can wear whatever they want and people can pursue any career they please. I am writing this from the gender binary/social normality perspective.
Even when it comes to my femme presentation, I like the extremes (if you will) of my wardrobe. Whether it is a very pink dress or a leather look. Posting photos on Twitter can lead to people thinking I am either a bad ass dominatrix or a submissive sissy. I don’t like being… typecast, if you will.
Besides, neither look is representative of who I am. I just like the clothes.
Preparing for a photo shoot is an extension of contrast. A shoot can include anything from a dress perfect for brunch with your mother-in-law or, well, something completely inappropriate outside of a Hot Topic or the dungeon of a dominatrix.
But this contrast is more than just what is thrown into a suitcase for the shoot. It can also be the shoot itself.
A few years ago I really wanted to do a shoot in an abandoned warehouse, movie theatre, or SOMETHING like that. The idea of a girl in amazing makeup and a a beautiful dress in a lonely, dilapidated building really appealed to me. Shannonlee and I haven’t really done anything like that, but sometimes the location we’re shooting in as something that more or less works, like the picture below.
…you know, this photo gets creepier the longer I look at it.
And! To expand on the contrast thing, that photo was taken in the same building as this one:
I don’t know why I like the juxtaposition of beautiful clothes and dilapidation but there you have it.
This also extends to lingerie photos taken in places where it’s not… expected to see someone in lingerie.
Photos such as…
I also have a thing for staircases.
Now, to be clear none of these photos were taken in a public space. These pictures were taken in a rented studio or a hotel. I am not wearing a corset at an office while a meeting is taking place in the conference room down the hall. That would be… uncomfortable for everyone.
Photo shoots are a lot of fun but they can get really boring if I am being honest. What keeps them interesting is a combination of an outfit I am excited about, working with Shannonlee, and the location of the shoot. If every photo shoot was simply standing in front of a white backdrop it would be incredibly dull. Not only the shoot itself but also the pictures.
If lingerie pictures were only, well, sensual, such as lounging on a bed, then they would also get really boring. Not only to do, but to look at.
I like being able to interact with my surroundings. It’s fun to see… SOMETHING and respond to that. Whether it’s a piece of art, a tree, or some random object in the studio.
Goodness I look evil in that final picture. Well, perhaps crazed, not evil.
Sexy lingerie + professional settings and beautiful clothes + decaying buildings are visually interesting to me. It’s always fun to see the location that Shannonlee picks out for a shoot. She is also drawn to warehouse type settings and she always has an eye for a shot. Often she’ll direct me to a spot in a room and I don’t quite see what she sees but when I view the end result I realize that is right every time.
I’m always thinking about potential shoots and locations so if you have a suggestion I would love to hear it!
4 thoughts on “Strike a (Juxta) Pose”
The contexts and contrasts do help differentiate your pictures from the routine poses. I hope you can continue to find places and clothes that interest you.
LOL! “Of course, there is also the potential for a collaboration to be an abomination… like pineapple on pizza.”. Free your mind – try a Me-N-Ed’s Hot Hawaiian! When they do it right (and the proportions of ingredients ARE critical), the combo – including pineapple- is magical! I would have NEVER imagined that the weird polyglot of ingredients in this pizza would work so well together. It is the only pizza that I order from them – their others are hopelessly mediocre…😉
I cannot imagine pineapple on pizza and don’t understand why this was ever invented. After all, it is a pizza, not a fruit salad!
I really like that picture above where you are looking down – you look great!
Creativity abounds with you. The artistic expression is superb. Shannon Lee should co-author a book with you with your presentations for the imagination of the viewer. Appreciate your emphasis on focusing on the clothes and the role. My imagination really enjoys that side of you..