Tuesday, June 19, 2007

captured



Today is the 13th day of rain, I think, and I am loving it completely. It's real rain, at night you can listen to it sounding like applause on the roof, crescendo, piano, mezzoforte.

On the weekend down at the beach, I was trying to slither into the boiling waves unnoticed. Feeling a little apprehensive but knowing I would be only happy once I'd gotten in, I was counting the waves and waiting for a lull. Just as I pelted myself face first into the foam, I heard voices calling me, and to my horror, the girlspawn had followed me down and was happily coming after me. With a friend.
This proved to be quite a circus attraction, and we gathered a rather big audience. Luckily they are both extraordinarily good swimmers...(the friend represented Australia and mine NSW)...but still. They brought the camera, and made me take their photo.

This was deemed noteworthy enough to attract the attention of the Sunday Telegraph photographer, who obviously had not as yet found anything else to sell papers with. I quickly tugged off my purple swimming hat, horrified at the thought I might appear on the cover of the Sunday papers, looking like some circus exhibit, all ham arms and tiny purple head.

Nonetheless, I was too frightened to walk past a newstand in case I was greeted with this unsightly vision, but there had been an abandoned baby left on a church doorstep so I was off the hook.
That evening, it dawned on me that he was more interested in the cubs anyway, being as they ae quite pleasant to look at. I checked the papers and found an article on the weather, but he had used a picture of a dog running away from the waves. The genius cub, however, looked on the website, and lo and behold, there we were: me being photographed while photographing the cubs. Tiny purple head and all.





I am off to Melbourne to the opening of "Entanglement", at Westspace.
Should be great, it's been a long time in the making and I can't wait to see the video installation with the boat-pods installed in the space.
You can read about it on Shoufay's website on the right.
I am looking forward to Melbourne, if anyone cares to call by Westspace on thursday night, I very disappointingly will not be wearing my lovely purple hat.

10 comments:

meggie said...

There once was a man who was given to fly...

jane said...

imagine where those bubbles could take you...purple hat and all. happy to see you're not in a woosy wettie.

fifi said...

COURSE I wouldn't wear a woosie wettie like those sooky little girls...
actually, everybody thinks I am wearing one now that I am wearing Charmian's hand me down Olympic suits.
Lets hope the bubbles last till next you're here.

I could start a trend in melbourne.
wanna come?

it's the little things... said...

great images!
and amazing waves...very different from the texas coast...

meli said...

It is a very nice purple hat. I have a coral pink swimming cap. I don't know why. I wish it would die, but it seems to be blessed with eternal life. When I used to swim regularly, my swimming friend said he liked it because he could always tell where I was.

The photos are brilliant - how fun to be on the website! Must have been fun in all that rushing water.

Arcturus said...

AWESOME PICTURES! What newspaper is this you are referring to? Are you referring to the Daily Telegraph of Syndey? And that is you wearing teh purple bathing cap?

Is that water cold? It is winter time in your part of the world, afterall, and although the Australian winter climate isn't particularly cold, that ocean water stretches unbroken all the way to Antarctica itself...

As it is, I wish we'd get some rain around here ... just the usual hazy, hot, very humid, but still vaguely droughty dry summer months of Washington, D.C., and the mid-Atlantic punctuated by the occasional big thunderstorm.

By the way, thank you for always posting such nice comments on my blog. I really do appreciate them. You're insightful, sweet, and have a lyrical way of expressing things.

Isabelle said...

Those are great photos - and you have a nice back!

fifi said...

little: yes its pretty wild here quite often, but not THAT rough. Texas coast sounds nice.

meli: sounds like a nice combo, coral pink and purple would make for a great visual statement should you ever join me for a swim. being the adventurere that you seem to be, its not an impossible thought. It was fun indeed!

Arc!! yes, Sunday/Daily telegraph, Sydney. You can hunt me there if you wish. Yes that is me, looking *splendid*. Water temp is about 18-19 degrees, the air temp much lower than that, most people screw up there noses but it really is nice in the water. The coldest I have ever swum in is 11 deg celsius, in the ocean pool at the next beach.

Thanks for the compliment Isabelle. I'm available for any modelling work should a back be required.

Big Pissy said...

AWESOME pictures!

You lead such an interesting life! ;-)

Princess Banter said...

WOW -- looks like someone had a lot of fun with the waters ;) I love rain as well... there's something about rain that is calming and relaxing.