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viewfinder through the looking glass...

bright trend [deleted] says:

January 4, 2007

have we met?

So as through a glass, and darkly
the age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names, but always me.


have we met? since late 2004, i've been

viewfinder • deja view • phoenix boy • the bare frame • des nudo (now that's embarrassing) • the knee jerk • and now, back to alpha, aka viewfinder.

i'm very grateful to dans la reine for the invite to this most compelling project.

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Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

welcome aboard !
and please, would you add the date to your daily pic ?
thanx a lot !
:-)
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sunshinecity says:

better late than never.... hope to see more!

~ sunshinecity
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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 6, 2007

the gang

first it was me.
then i got married.
then we had a son.
then we had twins...

i swear, sometimes it seems like we're a friggin' platoon.
anybody know where i can get some peace and quiet?
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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 7, 2007

Guacamole

1. avocados
2. salt, pepper, lemon juice, garlic*, cumin, something hot**
3. enjoy***

* yes, fresh garlic would be better, i'm lazy that way.
** i don't make hot guac, i just like a little zest.
*** here i sliced and fried flour tortillas to make chips.

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oddityinabox says:

yummy

_ravi | *life through pictures
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laheringer says:

Don't forget the celery salt -- that's the secret ingredient.
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bright trend [deleted] says:

cool...thanks for the tip! here i thought cumin was the secret one.
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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 8, 2007

I'm naked a lot in my photos.

day 14:  self-censored

i explore this side of me for a number of reasons, and i share them on flickr because i can't really do it in the walkabout world, and i hate not finding some audience for work i'm pleased with.

i have many flickr contacts who don't want to see this sort of content, and i take care not to expose it to them... i hate the idea of my body offending. by the same token, i love when my nudes fall under appreciative eyes, even if such are hard to find.

people get the idea from my nudes that i'm some kind of cocksman, or sexual adventurer, when such is far from the truth. those who know me would never guess that this is my secret passion... and those of you who are familiar with my erotic content might be surprised to know how i really am in the walkabout world.

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sunshinecity says:

... not a cocksman? That' a relief! ; )
I understand your apprehension regarding your nudes. So many people unfortunately mistake art with porn. Eroticism and pron are two very distinct thihngs. Sometimes there is a fine line, but the human body is such a beautiful thing, especially incases when the subject is so pleasing to the eye.
See, to me, looking at a naked picture of a beautiful perosn, be it a man or a woman (given that the photgraph is artistic, well shot, and tasteful, such as the one above, of such as pics by helmut newton - i believe that's his name??) is like looking at a work or art.
Sure, I'm not attracted to women, but some female nudes are beautiful nonetheless, in a non sexual way for me.
With male nudes, they too can be beautiful. Of course in this sense, I'd be more attracted as I am attracted to the opposite sex. So lookng at a good looking man, is always nice!
I'm not too keen on the male sexual organ laid out in all it's glory, only because personally I don't find it as "atractive" to look at as a nicely round bum, for example. ; )
This doesn't mean it repulses me. In a sexual situation, it's qute the contrary,.. but if we're just talking aesthetics, then I'd rather the focus of the picture be elsewhere. Doesn't have to be necessarily hidden, just not, *wham bam* in your face lol.

OK, I rambled on a bit.... that's a great nude, very tasteful! Well done.
Your guacamole looks yum too!
; )


~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
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ILIGHT says:

I'll be putting your guacamole to the test.
Your family portrait rocks sea salt!! Good stuff. That is quite a platoon you have there.
~images& words: 2007
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bright trend [deleted] says:

thanks, sunshine! not that you did so, but rambling is encouraged here.

as for 'wham bam in yer face,' i'm with you... in general, i don't care for shots of body parts... much prefer shots of an entire person.
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sunshinecity says:

... rambler? Oh that's me alright!!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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sunshinecity says:

Hey slacker... where'd ya disappear to?

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 14, 2007

Filmmaking

budding filmmaker

This weekend I decided to make a movie with the kids. I've worked in the film business for nearly twenty years, and by now I know the ins and outs pretty well.

At the same time, I've felt very much at loose ends with the kids lately... we haven't done anything "fun" in quite a while, but I didn't want to do the "drop $500 at disneyland" thing.

So, since it's too chilly to go camping, I had the idea to try this, the first in a series of wacky kids short videos, but produced with the time-honored disciplines of professional film production. Not only is everybody having fun with it, I'm also hoping that it will ground the kids in basic film craft, that will serve them well in late adolescence and early adulthood.

anyway, that's the idea.

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sunshinecity says:

... that's a cool idea! It's fun yet skillful at once... you're right to be teaching them this craft!

Wish I could join the classroom!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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PutYourFlareOn says:

What a great idea! Much better than dropping 500 bucks at Disney. That's boring and so overrated. What a fun project to do with your kids and something great to look back on someday.

--
Aimee, PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Diary
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Innamorata Crush says:

I found you! you got to do a montage! I was scolded, I adore the film-making with your children.
xoxox

PS< I used to know how to leave pretty links back to me, I will refind the code.
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karinga says:

It is not easy to think of an activity attractive to both the children and the parents. Your idea is great.

(Inga in Finland All Year Round)
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satrina* says:

Yes, is a great idea and more fulfiling I think.
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bright trend [deleted] says:

thanks, everyone! so, we had two days of shooting -- looks like we'll need at least one more weekend for our first mini-epic...

that said, a good time was had by all -- we ran all over town shooting on location, the kids each played multiple wacky characters, and wow, i actually did something creative that didn't have something to do with flickr!
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sunshinecity says:

yeah yeah, I bet you're just saying that!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 16,2007

low profile

day 27: out of sight, out of mind

the taoists teach that us that if we don't swagger, we won't stumble. the mongols knew it was a wise rider who kept below the ridgeline.
strikes me as good advice.
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sunshinecity says:

... that's pretty cool...
is it magic?

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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eelend says:

this pic is absolutely gorgeus
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lramiro520 says:

very cool pic.

The Other Side Of The Fence
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bright trend [deleted] says:

yes, sushine, I am magic. i thought you knew that.
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bright trend [deleted] says:

sunshine, i do have at least a bit of magic about me...

eelend, thanks so much!

Ira, glad you think so.
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sunshinecity says:

indeed you do...
; )

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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cautious range [deleted] says:

Don't forget fresh cilantro in the guacamole.

And yes, I think, we have met, but one day you just disappeared ;)
But maybe I'm wrong.
After seeing your nude, yes, we've met before ;)
Glad, you're back!

Cool shots and cool words and advices. :)

Just watch out that they don't catch you missing days ;)

NicoleB
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Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

ooh, haven't been here for a long time
I should come more often
and will!

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
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CollardGreens says:

VERY nice contrast - magic indeed.

CollardGreens: Oops
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bright trend [deleted] says:

sunshine, xo

hi nicole! i'm flattered you remember me. will i get the boot if i miss a day?

lady, yes please, don't be a stranger...

collard, you're very kind -- thank you.
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sunshinecity says:

doesn't he do well in teh nude??? LOL

I bet you liked it!
= P

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

now, sunshine, be fair.

in this place i've remained very chastely clothed -- in words, perhaps, but that still counts.
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satrina* says:

Even if what we see in this photo is almost just a shadow of yourself I find this image very powerful, I really like it!

Satrina: av meg
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bright trend [deleted] says:

satrina, people keep telling me that less is more... maybe i've finally heeded their advice?
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BellaGaia says:

you can cook, you look good naked, you quote taoist philosophy.... what a man! lucky wife :-)

BellaGaia (Living with BellaGaia)
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cautious range [deleted] says:

- he always does GOOD in nudes :D!

- sure do, I even remember some of the conversations we had :)
Dunno if you get the boot, but they ARE pretty tough on the rules, so you better come up with something every day :P


aka viewfinder wrote:

satrina, people keep telling me that less is more... maybe i've finally heeded their advice?


Don't heed their advice, do what you feel good with :)!
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Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

well here I am again and ...
no new pic !?
I guess I'll just have to wait
hm
keep my shirt on
right ?

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
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bright trend [deleted] says:

that's good advice for me, lady B, but for you, who can say? have you tried it sans shirt yet? ;)
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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 18, 2007

I drive.

from dark days

a lot.

it's 62 miles from home to the studio; 62 miles to get back at the end of the day.

what's worse, i wind up doing the 300 miles to las vegas all too frequently -- no, not for the bawdy life, SunshineCity, get your mind out of the gutter -- for ongoing business opportunities that won't seem to die and don't seem to mind that we moved away three years ago.

so that's me on any given day, behind the wheel, thinking... thinking... thinking....

what was it that happened to the guy who had too much time to think?
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sunshinecity says:

umm... he had a car accident?? You better keep your eye on the road mister.. and I never have my mind in the gutter... my thoughts are pure as driven snow!

I like this shout though, bullshit aside... a very pensive viewfinder... sometimes so much sexier than a nude, to me!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

it's taking a while to learn, sunshine, but i'm hearing it repeatedly that less is more...

*pulling pants back on*

okay, okay!
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sunshinecity says:

hahaha, oh you're adorable!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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humorous cats [deleted] says:

great shot of you driving home...you capture a kind of end of day feeling. by using shadows you are only a small fraction of what you were at the start of the day.


blow/up diary

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cautious range [deleted] says:

I don't know what happened to that guy, which thought too much while driving. But I know what happens to girls who write the ideas they had during driving down while driving ;)

Cool sunset shot. Hope, you're not too tired. Hey, it's weekend soon :)

NicoleB
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bright trend [deleted] says:

adorable? thought you knew by now, sunshine, it's all an act.

wow, blow/up, that is such a cool observation.

what happened to her, nicole?
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cautious range [deleted] says:

You don't wanna know ;)
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sunshinecity says:

yeah the act... you play "tough guy"....

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

nicole, you remember conversations from the wild, wooly, naked days of the passion of vf? how intriguing! like what?
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bright trend [deleted] says:

bella, sorry i missed this on the first pass:

"you can cook, you look good naked, you quote taoist philosophy.... what a man! lucky wife"

thanks so much! that is sooo sweet.
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eelend says:

time to think... that's good
but the best thing to do when you're driving is singing :)
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bright trend [deleted] says:

yep, eelend, i do a whole lot of that, too...
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sunshinecity says:

f*cker
(pvt jk, ppl...)

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

ach, the dear lady calls me a fucker, and censors herself? sunshine, i don't really think you mean it! you're so fond of me, that's so sweet!

you fucker.
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sunshinecity says:

fuck fucker...

fanculo!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

ooh, i love it when you talk dirty.
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sunshinecity says:

I know it!
= P
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satrina* says:

This is a great portrait, absolutely love the shadows!
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bright trend [deleted] says:

satrina, thanks, sweetie!
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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 19, 2007

flickr talk

now and then i worry that i talk too much here. i flickr mail people like crazy, for all kinds of reasons. if you flickr mail me, i usually shoot one right back. i comment. i comment on comments. i try to keep the discussion threads of my favorite groups very active.

i hate when mail goes unanswered... all this seems kind of neurotic to me, so i had an idea that i'd endeavor to shut up a little bit here...

then i thought, "fuck that." and took the gag back off.

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bright trend [deleted] says:

see, this is where you're supposed to say something back. didn't i just say i'm sensitive that way?
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sunshinecity says:

good, cause I like to bullshit back and forth with you! I love constant confrontation, taken in its nicer meaning, of two people sharing and comparing their thoughts...

Don't shut up... your voice is just as important as others'!

And I love that you're sensitive about it, 'cause I am too... I like to knock ideas back and forth and I love when people respond to me, by commenting back.

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

sunshine, that must be why we became such fast friends (well, that and you're so doggone good lookin')!
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bright trend [deleted] says:

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(there was a photo here, and it was fun... but then, the fact that rules are rules seems to mean more to some people than it does to others, so now there's nothing but this lame little inconoclastic rant.

rules may be rules, but they're also made to be broken, people.
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Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

hm ...
is that some kind of "entourloupe" where you post two pictures a day
and we pretend not to see it is a breaking of rule number one ?
I wonder ...

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
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bright trend [deleted] says:

is that an official spanking, Ladybad?
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eelend says:

hahaha
nice affair
tell us what happens next ;)
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bright trend [deleted] says:

well, eelend, how long do you suppose i'll be able to keep such a thing going? these affairs have a way of ending badly...

...still, they have so much in common, and i have so much to offer each of them, i'm hoping for the best. ;)
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leroyer says:

I don't know if it was a spanking from Lbt, but I'm the mean cop.
Mean cops don't give spankings.
Because they know you love it.
They just ask once to please remove one of the 2 pictures from the 19th...
The montage of the guacamole thing was already borderline, but, well, it's an old one now... so just take care of the 19th post.
Please.
Thanks.
:)

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sunshinecity says:

jimbo got a spanking, jimbo got a spanking!!

Hahah....

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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dda1605 says:

Don't mess with the Guru or let us create an Union or even a "resistance" movement.

(Didier 2007 )
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bright trend [deleted] says:

oh, whatever. on the one hand, nicole warns me about missing days... now we make a big deal about pre-posting when i know i won't be able to get here.

sheesh, sticklers for rules, i swear.
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satrina* says:

The Nikon is giving a suspicious look to the Panasonic, but I say at this moment you're clear of any danger, but who knows in the future
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sunshinecity says:

well it's like forseeing the future, so pre-posting doesn't count! You can post-post however (lol post-post... I love making up new words!)

~ sunshinecity,
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bright trend [deleted] says:

lol, satrina, the pana doesn't mind, she's very open-minded, but the nikon was here first, and doesn't want to share my eye with anyone.
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cautious range [deleted] says:

Mainly the discussions about are my nudes art or porn and some other conversations more of normal matters :)

And hey, I got spanked for breaking that rule too. Just post one of the two shots with a link to the other version ;)

And keep talking :)

NicoleB
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sunshinecity says:

hey i liked the nude

*guilty smirk*

~ sunshinecity,
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satrina* says:

Yes, you can see that the panasonic is pretty cool but the nikon is like saying he's mineee!


And I guess Philippe was talking about the post from Jan 19 where you posted two images in one message

Satrina: av meg
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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 20,2007

the inconoclast

day 30: the back porch

maybe i have a problem with authority... but rules for the sake of rules have always rubbed me the wrong way. when faced with such frustration, what's a boy to do?

well, this is what came to mind...
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sunshinecity says:

the butt shot might alleviate our frustration, dunno how it can fix yours...

~ sunshinecity,
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bright trend [deleted] says:

sometimes you just gotta show your ass, sunshine. don't know why it helps, but it does.
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bright trend [deleted] says:

though it does, sometimes, cause trouble.
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sunshinecity says:

lol it does help.... makes ya feel better....

btw, dunno why u haven't taken one before...

~ sunshinecity,
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Ladybadtiming is a group administrator Ladybadtiming says:

hm you figured it out
naked bum will get more comments
its true !

[LadyBadTiming / snapshooting my life away, day after day, after day, after day]
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bright trend [deleted] says:

taken many... just never turned around.
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sunshinecity says:

aka viewfinder ??? ok then never posted any?

~ sunshinecity,
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leroyer says:

Well, as I said, I only ask ones...
:)

[philippe leroyer - the milky bald guru on a day by day basis : too much pleasure for all !]
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bright trend [deleted] says:

actually, the original viewfinder had two ass shots of relative merit. sadly, those frames no longer exist, so you'll have to endure this older --and sadly no wiser -- ass.
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satrina* says:

Let's hope I don't get frustrated 'cause there's no chance I'll show my ass any time soon

Satrina: av meg
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bright trend [deleted] says:

more's the pity, satrina! but then, you never did an "I'm naked a lot" post, either!
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sunshinecity says:

so you cheated????
that's an old ass shot?? pfft.... who's the chicken now then huh!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

no, hon. i said older ass, not older ass shot.
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sunshinecity says:

pfff... that's not old, just seasoned!
; )

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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sunshinecity says:

hey..... you slacking or what??
Just cause you're put of state, doesn't mean you get to disappear ya know!
= P

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

January 25... little victories

small victories

i think of the housefly when i look at this, and I think of the little triumphs that see us through the weight of all this madness we otherwise accept as part and parcel with the human condition.

that fly must have banged on screens for damn near all his days, to no avail... then one lazy summer day, the deities to which such insects bend segmented knee smiled, and through he sailed, into the wild blue...

i was just hired to shoot photos and write four pages for a client who's to appear in a regional trade magazine... sure, small fry, but woot! i get to sell some pics and make up a bunch of semi-literate subversionist copy!
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satrina* says:

Well, congratulations on this gig! We missed you, were have you been?
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leroyer says:

I know you're asking for it.
But the spanking won't come.
Even if you don't get the rules, it seems.
"Medium" sized photos only, well, didn't seem so hard to keep in mind.
So, please, change your latest into its medium sized version.
And then, you can show your ass again.
You know how I operate, now, don't you ?
:)

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[philippe leroyer - the milky bald guru on a day by day basis : too much pleasure for all !]
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sunshinecity says:

you're only encouraging him philippe leroyer lol...

i think I can get my hand through that...

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story

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bright trend [deleted] says:

sunshine, appearances aside, I really don't care one way or the other... they're big on rules here -- hey, it's their group, so be it.

all in all, it just doesn't matter that much.
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