2010/04/28

I’m a Dirrrrrty Girl

DaGoddess @ 15:20

It took me hours after getting home last night to finally get up the energy to go wash all the dirt off me.

It wasn’t as if you could look at me and tell I’d had about four tons of dirt and sand and rocks blown at me, but running a finger across my skin would have been a very gritty experience.

The day started off clean enough. A trip over to Sunset Park to explore. Cool trees on the perimeter of the park, a manmade lake with ducks, geese, coots, etc, dogs running and barking, children laughing and scampering about. And my friend T and I with our cameras. We ended up photographing planes coming in to land at McCarran and then two sets of beautiful, happy kids feeding some relatively well-behaved geese. Oh, and we even found a friendly hummingbird along the way!

Afterward, we headed out to a dry lake bed (or is it dry lakebed?) to see what we could see. Well, there was a lot of cracked earth. It was beautiful. And there was a lot of wind. And bouncing and flying rocks. (I do believe I may have solved the mystery of Death Valley’s Racetrack.) Last time T was out there, he said there weren’t any rocks as were now suddenly in abundance. Once the winds picked up, it was apparent how they got there. The only bad part was getting pelted by some of the smaller rocks as the wind shot them our way. I guess we’re lucky we didn’t get hit by the bigger pieces. There were a few softball-sized and larger lava rocks that were skipping along the ground.

Anyhow, my dirt factor wasn’t helped at all by the fact that I was basically lolling about on the ground and climbing into small clumps of bushes for photos — both as subject and photographer. Oh, yeah. I was nude. Yep, you read that right. This fat old broad was the model for some nude portraits. It’s not the first time I’ve done this since I’ve been here or for this photographer. In fact, I dare say he’s the only photographer in the world who makes me comfortable enough to do this and who produces images I absolutely love. Seriously. I love what he creates. Some are straight out nudes. Others are wonderful abstracts. No matter, I trust him and his vision and therefore gladly model if he asks. It was just a little scratchier at this location than it was the last time we had a session. I didn’t care, though. We both saw the opportunity and damn the wind, rocks, and dirt! We shot.

So for all my rolling around and crawling through the grit and such, I found myself completely covered in dirt. I didn’t care. I didn’t care at 5pm. I didn’t care at 8pm. But by 2am I’d reached my dirrrrrrrrty girl limit. Getting into the shower, I noted the changing color of water as I started my rinse cycle. Once I got to the actual sudsing, I was shocked to see how much more dirt there was to be removed! Thankfully, the hot water held out and I eventually managed to find an acceptable level of cleanliness.

I only wish I’d thought to take notes after I got back from my trip to Valley of Fire. I still have socks that I fear will never be white again. I’ll have to tell you about that trip another time.

9 Comments

  1. Wow! You ARE a dirty girl. Can I tell you how much I love that you were willing to model for these photos? I say good for you!

    Comment by Jason — 2010/04/28 @ 16:47

  2. Thank you, Jason. You know what? I don’t care if anyone else likes the photos. I love them and T’s apparently inspired enough to keep shooting, so that’s all that matters to me. I supposed if I were brave enough, I’d post them without worrying what anyone thinks…I don’t know that I’m there. Yet. Perhaps someday…

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2010/04/28 @ 18:57

  3. How FREEING! If I were a little younger and presented with the same scenario the clothes would be off faster than you could say goosebump.

    The rocks blowing in…? Wow. Just wow. :shock:

    Comment by pam — 2010/04/29 @ 06:43

  4. So that WAS your photo on those little cards that guy was handing out on the sidewalk last time I was in Vegas! :rofl:

    Just kidding of course. I figured there was a reason you were called DaGoddess ;)

    Comment by Stu — 2010/04/29 @ 07:04

  5. Um naked? in the sand and dirt? Didn’t you get sand and dirt in places you’d rather not get all sandy and dirty, if you catch my drift?

    Honey I wouldn’t let the hub take naked pics of me, my hat is off to you :biggrin: (but that would be about all that would come off…)

    Comment by patti — 2010/04/29 @ 14:21

  6. Thanks to Patti, I feel a song coming on… Joe Cocker’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On”. :biggrin:

    Anyway, what is it about the mountains or desert that makes us want to shed all our clothes and run around naked? Haven’t done that since the wife and I… uh… never mind. :)

    Comment by diamond dave — 2010/04/29 @ 16:54

  7. Everyone should pose nude at least once.

    No one, however, should upload the results to the Internet. :)

    Comment by CGHill — 2010/05/01 @ 19:45

  8. I disagree. In fact, those shots of me ARE online. I’m just not saying where. lol

    Actually, one of the images is my absolute favorite photo of me ever.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2010/05/01 @ 20:30

  9. […] it’s my birthday, here are two images from my shoot at the dry lake bed…in my birthday […]

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