Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Today's Main Dish...

Today's Main Dish...
Once again this week, I flexed my creative muscle to participate in the art & photography theme challenge on Delightful Aberrations.

Among the themes were tray and mushroom, which I decided to combine this week!
I know that toadstools and mushrooms are two different things, but they're both fungi, so toadstools totally count!

This week, I tried self-portraiture for the first time in ages, usin the self-timer on my camera.

As it turns out, it really isn't easy to use that setting, as it has to have something to focus on before it will start counting down and take the photo.

Not easy when you want to photograph yourself, across the room.

So I set up my old dressmaker's mannequin, and in the 10 seconds between pressing the shutter button and the camera taking the picture, I had to shift the mannequin out of the way, put on the mask, and grab the tray.  

Really not easy.

If I'm going to do any more photography like this, I need a remote. Or someone to press the shutter button for me!

 Bon Appetit
Needless to say, I ended up with just a handful of self-portraits, and had to do a lot of photoshopping to clean up the image, and remove ugly things like doorframes from the background (suitable backgrounds are non-existent in my house...)

Anyway, this week I ended up with two final photos: the toadstool-headed butler serving a meal, and the meal itself: a tasty bowl of moss and toadstools, served on a silver tray.

Though the image quality didn't turn out so good on the self-portrait (seriously need that helper), I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out, as this is the first week I've been able to do something a little different to usual.

It helped that I had everything I needed to hand this time around--I had all the props left over from past projects, and made the mask from cardboard and fabric toadstools that I made for a window display a couple of years ago!

Interesting set of themes this week; considering I spent some time racking my brains for ideas, I think the end result turned out pretty good.


  1. Oooh, this is so creative it's tingly. Nice job. That self-portraiture sounds like a real exercise, lol.

  2. This is fantastic! It made me think of Sebastian from Kuroshitsuji done as a surreal Rene Magritte painting, but in photo form. The way you've arranged the items also looks really visually appealing too *.* I love it! :D