Friday, April 6, 2012

{in the picture} shake it out!

Hello friends. If you are playing along with my self-portrait project {In The Picture}, it's time for our monthly theme for April. I thought long and hard about this one and I'm still a little unsure about how it's going to go over with you, but here goes. Music plays a part in many of my self-portraits--whether it's a song playing in the background while I am shooting or a line from a song that inspires an image. So this probably won't be our only musically themed challenge this year.

I've been having a bit of a tough year, and I know I'm not the only one. Sometimes life is hard, and when times get tough it can help to run or scream or cry or laugh at the top of your lungs just to relieve some of the stress. So, during the month of April, as spring comes around the corner and things start to look a little bit brighter let's shake off the dark and dreary thoughts together!

Our theme this month is "shake it out!", influenced by the song of the same title by Florence & The Machine. Have you heard it? I find it's like an anthem for purging the negativity from my life. You can read the lyrics here if you are so inclined. And have a listen by clicking the image below, you'll be glad you did (but be sure to come back when you are done!)


OK so by now you may be saying, what the *$!^;*%^ is she talking about? Well, I am talking about taking self-portraits during the month of April that involve jumping, twirling, dancing, running, or doing anything else that this song inspires you to do. Just play the song, capture how it makes you feel and share it with us. Any kind of movement will do--get creative and set your shutter for a long exposure, run hog wild in an open field with your remote...this one is not about capturing the tiny details of you, but the emotion and movement of Shaking. It. Out.

Here are a few examples of what I mean...

streamer me

dancing with myself

vintage joy

OK, get it? I am going to shake it out this month and I could use your support so I am hoping you will join me. As Florence says in the song, "It's hard to dance with a devil on your back so shake him off!"

I know some of you are not going to like this theme, but I hope you will at least think about giving it a try. If this movement concept really frightens you please continue to play along this month with any self-portrait(s) you decide to take---just do whatever you are comfortable with. I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Oh, and thanks for all your participation in our linky party last week. We have a WINNER from our giveaway---a spot in what looks to be a terrific new self-portrait eCourse, "Now You". And the winner is..... Bella Cirovic. Congratulations Bella! And hey, if you didn't win the course and want to take part, it's not too late to register here.

If you are new here you can join us at any time! Check out what you've missed so far over here.

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26 comments:

Bonnie said...

Love the free-spiritedness of these images! Movement does symbolize life doesn't it?

brandy-son Zen master flash said...

Great idea!

Juli'd said...

Florence & the Machine are one of my favs! Looking forward to shaking it out this month :)

Bella said...

Yay!!
So excited about the theme... and for winning the spot in the ecourse :)
xo

Jo Murray said...

Now this IS a challenge for me... still, it's good to shake off the cobwebs and try something new.

Teagan said...

oh. I am so. excited.
!!!
can't wait to see what this theme creates this month!!

Cheryl said...

Music plays a part in my creativity.

Susan said...

Oooooh. Now this is a challenge, but I'm ready to give it a try. Feeling in a bit of a selfie rut, so this will be a nice addition to what I've already been doing. I like the images you've displayed as ideas.
Hope the longer days burn thru the tough stuff that's going on for you.

pink sheep said...

wow! this one will stretch that 'comfort zone' of mine again, but... that's why i'm participating in the project. ok, urban muser...challenge accepted! thanks for keeping me (all of us) on our toes :-)

Summer said...

Oh my. . . the way you inspire! Love this theme and because my heart is pounding with nervousness. . . I know I have to give it a try.

THANK YOU!!

SueAnn said...

What a cool theme....gotta put my cap on and my dancing shoes and see what I can do!!!
Ha
Hugs
SueAnn

Ginger Zuck said...

Well, how fun is that?? You are too good!

Anika said...

Sounds like a great theme, a fun one!

deb did it said...

oh my God...my FAVORITE prompt...I loves me some twirling, jumping and dancing in fields...country backroads and tabletops!! YAY!!

Jamie said...

A brilliant theme!

Jess said...

LOVE this prompt!

Kat Sloma said...

Great song and great idea. Go with your gut on the themes, and they will always be good.

Mom Photographer said...

That is a great theme but I won't be able to participate in it. I'm 9 months pregnant and in a few days I'm having c-section :/ Won't be moving a lot for a few weeks after that.
Maybe I'll come up with something, though. You made me think now :)
Great selfies, as usual!
Have a great weekend, Christy!

lisa said...

I LOVE this theme, and what great examples of it!
Have a beautiful holiday Christy.

Tamoonstone said...

I love it!! I am such a huge Florence and the Machine fan and often secretly leap and dance around the house to their amazing sound - it feels so good sometimes to just shake it all out!! This is an awesome challenge to capture and then share those crazy little private moments.

This is Belgium said...

i am so glad I am not participating !! :)
difficult but challenging
I see what you mean tho
Love the song !
wishing you success !
anni

tinajo said...

Hey there, just wanted to say that I did my first self portrait today inspired by you (linked to you the other day but forgot to tell you at the time). It was SO fun and I think this may become a great way to express myself, thanks! :-)

SpilledInkGuy said...

I love all of these, U.M...
that hint of color in the first, incredible energy in the second (well, all three, really), and the timelessness of the third...
wonderful!

Saun said...

I haven't got to do all of the self portraits. I am going to do this one with the music blaring. Too much fun need some :)

Cheryl said...

I made a lot of self portraits yesterday but I can't twirl anymore. My knees are shot.

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

It's a challenge! & I am going to accept it!