This is a bit of a muse. Pictures are at the bottom 😉
I’ve been glued to Grayson Perry’s “In the Best Possible Taste” documentary. (Go and have a look). He’s a Turner Prize winner (which would normally make me turn the TV off but I gave it a chance) and investigated how our class affects our sense of what is aesthetically pleasing. I like things like this as I’m interested in the way society works and class is one of those issues that people don’t want to draw attention to, but everyone knows it exists. He sometimes dresses as a woman and so in each episode, made himself up to fit in with the group he was with. He also made two tapestries about each class, which were interesting to look at. Not my thing visually, though for some reason I found the first “upper class” one really moving.
According to Mr Perry, I’m most definitely middle-class (I own a tagine!) but I often wonder whether identifying as ‘alternative’ transcends the idea of class. I generally hang out at rock clubs and as a teenager, at a certain corner known as “The Block”. Talking to the people I spend/spent time with, it was pretty much impossible to tell who lived in a council flat or detached house, who went camping or had a villa in Corsica. Certainly, I knew people whose families had been working-class for generations and others who attended private school and lived in what I would call “mansions”. I don’t *think* I knew any Earls, but perhaps they were incognito?? 😉 Maybe taking a different label meant there was no need to divide ourselves further along class lines… I don’t know- I don’t have an answer. It’s just something I thought about for a while.
Okay, ramble over. 🙂
Here’s me being nude during a shoot back in February with Jonasbee.
And just to continue the theme of this entry, here’s me doing something very traditionally upper-class… falconry! It was my birthday present and the guys at Out On A Wing were lovely. I did my course on a lovely sunny day a few weeks ago! Pictures by G Haskew.
This is a European Eagle Owl called Odin.
His claws were enormous- I was a wee bit nervous about them, but he was very friendly and kept talking away to himself while we weighed him. Look- he’s GORGEOUS!!!
I also flew harris hawks, watched a peregrine falcon and stroked a tiny little Scops Owl (pictures still in G Haskew’s camera). Had an absolutely fantastic day and am really hoping to do some more falconry as I’d love to learn more. (It was even worth holding the icky bits of chick we were feeding the birds). 😛
Today, I had a day off- a proper one with minimal admin. I began with watching ANTM (guilty pleasure, okay?) and answering a few e-mails, then took myself into town for some lingerie shopping. There’s something nice about knowing you’re wearing something pretty under your clothes. Then headed to Starbucks for some lunch and a coffee light frappuccino (only 83 calories!!) with my book.
I also had a lovely e-mail the other day from a model who narrowly escaped the horror that is Shaun Colclough. It really makes my day when this happens as it really does mean outing someone works. Thanks to google hits, my blog is now on the first page when you google him! ROCK ON!!!
I just wanted to send you a quick message as I think you may have helped me dodge a massive bullet! I recently found a photographer online called Shaun Colclough and asked him if he wanted to collaborate (I’m guessing this is the same guy you mentioned: http://shauncolclough.com/). And I was about to respond to his email reply when for some reason I just felt like I should google him. I don’t normally google togs if I get a good vibe from them or if they’ve been recommended to me, but this time I felt I needed to, and I’m so grateful I did. I read your blog post about it, and needless to say I won’t be in contact with him any longer…”
I’m now going to have some dinner and stretch (you need to see what I can do now…) while watching one of the Alien box-set I found for £10 in HMV. 😀