New York is said to be dangerous. So is Los Angeles, and so (apparently) are parts of London. That’s fine by me- sometimes you have to visit places that you’re afraid of and trust that you’ll be okay.The vast majority of the time, you will be. Not all of those places exist outside your own mind, but that doesn’t make them any less frightening… or any less necessary to face.
While I hate to start a blog containing so many lovely pictures with something so serious, today, it’s necessary.
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It’s interesting hearing the variety of opinions when I mention travelling. One of my best friends (also a model) has slept rough, as well as spending nights in airports and various hostels. (We often compare travelling tips!) Other friends hate the idea of me making the twenty minute walk across town and insist on making the walk themselves to come and get me (logical??) I feel that travelling alone has made me a stronger and more capable person- I know how to get around most countries (Europe and America certainly- I haven’t been properly East yet… though maybe next year?) find a chemist if I’m ill, navigate the Underground in most languages and learn in advance which places really are dangerous. More about that later… 😉
I’m currently looking out of the window from my German hidey-hole, where I’m supposed to be writing. (Well I am technically and I’ll just keep telling myself that…) It’s all lit up and I have a feeling that there are some fascinating shops around. I’ll explore properly tomorrow if I have time- I’m racing the clock to get a submission for a writing “competition” completed. Anyway, the thing is, if I didn’t walk out alone to find out what the cities I stay in have to offer, I wouldn’t see anything and I think it would be a huge shame to have to job in which I travel at least once a month, but yet never get to know where I am.
So… as you know, I went to New York last month. (Or, you’d better know, as I’ve been blithering on about it for ages!) 😉 The different districts all have their own characters, which I found surprising as I expected the city (certainly Manhattan) to be very cold and grey. Parts were, and I’ve already had my “trees” rant, but I ended up having my own mini-adventures in others. I was looking at my last set from my shoot with John F Cooper and realised many of the shots reminded me of the places I visited! Here you go! 😀
Photographer: John F Cooper
Designers credited under the photos
Brooklyn: I did not get one single rude comment about my clothing the entire time I stayed there… but I got enough strange men leering that I felt as if I was wearing this! 😉 So I spent most of the trips to the shop stomping down the street with this look on my face! 😛
Corset: Heavenly Corsets
Upper East Side: while I doubt I’ll see a Gossip Girl type hanging about in stripy latex, there is something very elegant about Anatomic Bomb designs! Shooting this dress some more and in a very different way while on this tour, actually! 😀
Dress: Custom-made for me by Anatomic Bomb!
Lower Manhattan: Well, of course! It’s the Manhattan Bridge in the background- I was so happy to get to pose with a NYC landmark, and in the nude too, lol! (I also posed with the Empire State Building). Sadly, we were unable to capture both this shot and the faces of the people in the building next to us, but I assure you it was hilarious!
Corset and jacket by Twilight Siren
… so I was saying about dangerous places.
On my first night in New York, I got lost on a bus in Queens. I had a big suitcase. It was dark. Not knowing what exactly to do, I sat and waited to see a road sign that would tell me what direction Brooklyn lay in. Then I noticed a very nice man who looked exactly like Morgan Freeman and I asked fif he could tell me where I was. He smiled and said (with a voice that sounded exactly like Morgan Freeman) “You’re the stop after me- I’ll tell you when that is. Don’t worry, you’re going to be just fine.”
Thankyou Morgan Freeman, that’s very good advice for life. 😀