Freaky “Photographers”

The freak factor can be high with “photographers.”

Especially MALE photographers.

I have an innate distrust of them.

It comes from years of growing up and having men offer to “take my picture” which was code for “get to see me naked, maybe more. . .”

Take The Greek, for instance.

He offered to take my picture then spent most of the time sucking on my, ahem, face.

Okay, maybe it wasn’t my face.

But seriously, I have an appreciation for men who tell the truth.

Who ask for what they really want and make it clear to you that they want sex.

Sure, I’m probably going to turn them down, but I love the transparency.

As it turns out, I am not opposed to erotic pictures.

However, the only men I have allowed to take erotic pictures of me are my lovers.

Seems fair since I take pictures of them in return.

Lately though, I’ve met a couple of reputable photographers in the Burner community.

Ones who intend to take pictures and don’t push the boundaries of that expectation.

I’m finally developing a little trust in my fellow burner photographers.

Decent men taking extraordinary pictures who promise to tow the line and not reach out of bounds.

And I appreciate that a great deal.

Because, when all is said and done, I love having my picture taken.

I just don’t want to trade my body for a photo.

Burning Man Mysteries

white witch michelleThings which still elude me at Burning Man

  1. How to keep my cuticles properly hydrated at Burning Man. I don’t think I’ve ever seen them any worse than post TTITD.
  2. How to comb long hair at Burning Man. I swear it was impossible to brush my hair. I finally gave up and just let my hair become one big dread lock.
  3. Cameras at Burning Man. How to keep them functioning. Mine froze up after I left it out in a dust storm (I know, I know). I know better now. The things you don’t think of until it’s too late.
  4. How to use a fucking ratchet strap. Am I the only person on the planet that can’t figure it out? Yes, I think I am.
  5. Costumes or outfits? Which is more P.C.? I like to call them costumes but that implies it’s a layer of clothing I put on to achieve an effect instead of a removal of outer barriers to who I really am.
  6. Nudity on the playa. Sure, the hot 20 somethings go naked on the playa but does anyone want to see my 40 year old mom bod? For that matter, do I want to put it on display? Lord knows I love naked retreats but not when I have to stand next to naked American Pie bodies. [P.S. I did go naked at the Human Carcass Wash and the Sauna Dome last year.]
  7. Will it make a difference to my burn now that I know more people in the Burning Man community – more people in Silicon Village and other Bay Area camps?
  8. If there is no shower set up for our camp, can I bring water to friend’s RVs and take a shower, with their permission?
  9. Two years ago, it was rain, last year it was bugs and bats, what “catastrophes” will befall Burning Man 2016? There always seems to be hurdles. But if it was easy then everyone would do it.
  10. Will this year truly be any better than last year? I hope so, but there’s no way to be sure. Maybe I’ll feel as alone as I did in 2015. And that would be a shame.

Camera shy

If I want to bring a camera to Burning Man what is better?

To bring a cheap camera (or two or three) that can be disposable and take modestly good photos or to bring an expensive camera which takes excellent photos but could get ruined in the dust?

I’ve tried to google the topic:

  • Cameras at Burning Man
  • Best cameras for Burning Man
  • How to protect your camera at Burning Man

But I’m still not clear.

From my experience, it’s better to go with a cheap camera.

I brought a cheap camera to Burning Man 2015 and it seized up within 2 days leaving me with my iPhone to take photos for the rest of my burn.

cameraCourse, I did leave it out on a table during a dust storm.

It would absolutely SUCK to have that happen to an expensive camera.

So, I’m thinking I’ll get a few cheap disposable cameras.

But I’ve heard you can take a strong Ziploc bag and turn it into a “housing” for your camera and protect it from the dust.

camera2That’s very tempting.

I’d like to have some really good pictures this year. Last year I barely took any.

I did take this nugget, which I am awfully proud of.

IMG_7566Just wondering how it would’ve turned out if I’d taken it with a real camera instead of my iPhone.

Any thoughts?