By the fabulous Cristy Garcia
From Cristy’s Flickr series….
Thanks to those who took the time to suggest how to make my photo posting more interesting. From all the suggestions, most of them from Facebook, I came up with this format that I believe will give some insights through my self-criticism and analysis of some of the photos I post.
For the pilot of the series, I chose this pic in which I adopted a typically masculine pose and tried to make it look feminine. This photo was taken in 2008 🙂
What I like about his photo:
1- I look very relaxed and poised. This is something that takes a long time for us to learn. As men, we try to hard to adopt a feminine posture and in doing so we tend to look tense and rigid. The moment we let go and allow our body to loosen up, it is easier to assume the feminine role we are portraying.
2- The position of my hands. Right hand gently arched upwards while being softly held by the left, enhances the relaxed mood of this photo.
3- Leg and feet position. While one leg lies on the bench with the foot, pointing away, the other rests over it with the foot pointing down, and gently touching the floor.
4- Minimal makeup. After many laser sessions, my facial hair has diminished considerably and although not all gone, I can now pluck it instead of shaving. This allows me to be hair free for 5 days or so hence the need of very little makeup. For this photo I wore only a bit of powder and blush, lipgloss, eyeliner a bit of eyeshadow and mascara. Yes, there is some glow in my face but that just goes to show that the skin is smooth and has no paste on it 🙂
5- Eyebrows. Many people ask me about my eyebrows looking so thin and arched. Here is my secret. I do pluck them but not to the point that they would look feminine while I am in boy mode. How does it work then? Well, I have very long hairs in my eyebrows and as a man they look stray and male friends tease me about that rather than having feminine brows. When I dress, I glue them together using dark fake-lashes glue giving my brows a thin and arched form. I also glue them in place so that there is no gap between the brows and my skin, allowing the arch to remain in place.
More next Monday and by the way…you are welcome!