Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New and Different

Today was an odd day. I woke up stressed about work which is my normal state. But as the day unfolded, my anxiety eased and unexpected energy percolated inside me. I felt desire to have fun, to do something I enjoy. So, without planning, I put together an outfit and did a photo-shoot.

For my whole life, I've been attracted to clothes I couldn't wear. One of the items I craved early on is linen pants with flat front and rear-zipper. The absence of a front zipper is significant as a gender-marker. The absence of elasticity is a sign of devotion to the craft of fashion. Anyone can fit into stretchy leggings; pants that don't stretch must be carefully chosen.

I found a pair of pants at a thrift-store. They're light green. I present them here with a sparkly top and glittery shoes. To me, the star of the outfit are the pants since they are what I care about.

These pictures don't look normal because I played with different lighting. I trying to expand my visual repertoire by exploring new photographic techniques.

Any thoughts?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

My Halloween Costume

Here's my Halloween costume. I made it myself. Do you know who I am?

No?! Good grief!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

I keep my ear to the ground, listening for rumblings of fun activities. I detected promising vibrations of a new Halloween event that is growing stronger -- The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in Sleepy Hollow Country.

I went tonight for the first time. The event is upstate, a two-hour motorcycle ride for me. The Blaze uses 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins -- yes, seven thousand -- to create dozens of pumpkin sculptures. They are designed by artists and quite appealing. There's also original music, colored lights, food and drink, and souvenirs.  The event is put on by "Historic Hudson Valley," a not-for-profit education organization that promotes historic landmarks in Hudson Valley.

Here are some pics...

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Oyster Festival

The annual Oyster Festival in nearby Oyster Bay, Long Island is one of our best local events. It's very popular and full of fun. Lots of good food, craft-vendors and sights. I went today and snapped a few shots.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

With today's gender and sexual freedoms, it's hard to imagine a time when restrictions on social expression were much tighter. 41 years ago, in a more constrained world, "Rocky Horror Picture Show" burst onto the scene. I can't over-state its cultural importance.

When the original "Rocky..." first appeared in 1975, it was ignored. Overlooked by the conventional crowd, it found a real audience later when midnight-shows brought the story to the attention of deviants like me. We embraced the film with joy and enthusiasm. An entire sub-culture evolved around the shows, with audience-participation on steroids. We brought rice and threw it at the screen, screamed taunts at pivotal moments, and dressed up in costumes for the occasion. It was us, not normal people, who made "Rocky..." into a cultural icon.

The movie made stars out of Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meatloaf. Tim has had a long, successful career since then. Sadly, he suffered a stroke a few years ago and now has to use a wheelchair.

When I heard there was a re-make of "Rocky..." in the works, I was fearful. Many great original works are debased by later knock-offs. But hope emerged when I heard the producers  aim to be respectful of the original film and celebrate its fans.

The new "Rocky..." is on television this Thursday (Fox Channel). It stars Laverne Fox as Dr. Frank-n-Furter (Tim Curry's role in the original). Tim, despite his current disability, plays a minor role in the new film; his presence is a sign of the producers' good intent.

Come watch it with me. Have you seen the original?

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Then and Now

I'm attracted to clothes from the 1960's and '70's because that's when I grew up. Looking at fashionable women back then, I ached to dress like them. But I couldn't.

Now I can. Or at least I can try. You guys indulge me with these nostalgic efforts and I'm grateful for that. Having the chance to wear these garments makes me very happy.

Recently I discovered a fringed faux-suede top. It sang hello to me. Its style is definitely Sixties. I pair it with modern clothes in a mixed-time outfit. Don't know if that works but I'm trying.

Do you ever match clothes from different eras?