Let me recount for you how this Thursday got renamed to “Replace your eyeballs with mushrooms wrapped in twine” Day.
Yesterday I was feeling creepier than usual, so I started chatting with the only person creepier than me (aka, my love) about all the possibilities. I told him this idea I had for string to be going through my eye sockets and out the back of my head and thus attached to some sort of flying object (cloud, airplane, butterfly, etc.). We talked it through and after much discussion about logistics and physics, we decided the best way to go about the idea would be to fill the eyes but not lead through the skull.
This is already getting really weird, right?
I gave him the spiel about the idea, being the visual answer to the question of “who controls us?”. Who pulls the strings? I thought about naming it “He Who Pulls The Strings”. That got us talking about left brain vs. right brain, and the struggle to keep control over both parts of ourselves, or the many more that often result. Which then lead me to this picture, which I will not declare good or bad (though you can, if you want), but will say…WOW, what a journey to get there.
My day started at my usual 4am. I wandered outside looking for a nice little empty spot and found one quickly. I started shooting and had such grand plans. To be honest, the image ended up how I hoped. The video is a whole other thing. I wanted to create a stop motion edited like this image. That did not happen. Wait, let’s rewind.
That absolutely did happen, but it looked horrible. So, I decided to go for the simpler version, which is not what I wanted, nor do I love it, but here it is nonetheless. Because I keep my word and I have a challenge at stake.
Oh right, back to replace-your-eyeballs-with-mushrooms-wrapped-in-twine day.
While brainstorming last night about how to do this image, we thought that it would be best to put the twine in my mouth, so as to create natural shadows from an eye socket (see the video). I nearly gagged to my grave as I stuffed twine in my mouth this morning and photographed it. The look of it ended up being too loose for the image, so I had to redo it. That was when we started brainstorming what we could wrap twine around that would hold it shape and be the same color as the white of an eye.
Off to the grocery store I went to grab some cute little white button mushrooms (one of my favorite foods, anyway, however I will not eat the one that was wrapped in twine and stuffed into my husbands mouth…because I was done stuffing twine in my mouth by this point).
This image is creepy. Downright, whole-heartedly, completely creepy. And it is a picture of my face, which I don’t like doing. And I might get some “ew” comments or some “this isn’t your best” or maybe my favorite, long exclamation of, “whyyyyyyyyyy tho”. At the end of the day, and it is getting there, eh…I’ve had a day full of amazing memories.
I tried for 5 hours to do something that completely failed.
I created a concept I feel very connected to.
I learned how to do better next time.
I stuck to my challenge.
I rocked that Victorian outfit, at 5am, with cars driving past to watch.
Today was the most perfect reminder to try EVERYTHING, to embrace your FAILURES, to see them as the most interesting specimen of observation so that next time you won’t fall down that same hole. Despite creating for 10 hours straight only to have 2/3 of what I wanted to do fail, today was flipping amazing.
P.S. Guess who’s having mushrooms for dinner tonight?