Wednesday 15 February 2012: Femininity
You may be aware/ may not, that I have studied masculinity for a long time, primarily in relation to health/ seeking medical help. In fact I have a PhD on men. This comes in very handy in everyday situations as you can imagine :-) I think over the last year or so I've been thinking a lot about being feminine and what does it all mean. What is it I'm doing when I put myself together every morning without really thinking about it and why? Would I still feel feminine if I lost all my hair, for example? Or lost other things that I consider to be the 'girly' bits of me. I kind of got to thinking that I might not feel very ladylike but I think I'd eventually conclude I'm still 'me'.
The portraits I've taken so far are all of women and it seems I am quite drawn to women who seem to 1) have a supersonic femininity, probably without being aware of it and 2) have obviously spent a long time accessorizing themselves. This lovely lady standing on Byres Road went for red accessories and even had a red apple she was chomping (although the pics of that didn't come out well). Is the secret to being ultra feminine having matching bags/ scarves/ fruit? I'll be looking into it.
A question fellow blippers. The dilemma I'm having with taking stranger portraits; do I ask permission? I really feel I should. Just to clarify in both stranger portraits I've posted here - one I asked permission before taking and today's blip saw me taking a picture after a few shots and I approached her afterwards to explain what I'd been doing. However, I didn't mention that I'd be posting the images here and think perhaps I should. Have some very useful responses from friends, colleagues and blippers with experience of this so would like to thank you all :-)). Any further advice welcome.