“I would very much appreciate an artistic photo of a body part: Monday collarbone.”
I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with the collarbone. I had never thought of specifically photographing that detail and was a bit clueless as to what props I could use. I wondered if props were necessary as my collarbones come out rather defined but it seemed so naked without. I thought about how I had decorated my body with flowers in the past and derived my inspiration from there. In my mind, I envisioned the white seeds of a dandelion fly in the direction of my shoulder attached with staples. However, I didn’t have a dandelion and didn’t feel inclined to look for one and the seeds would have been too small to successfully staple to my skin.
I looked around the living room and saw this little pot with a plant that must have been there for a few months. It was a living one, which apparently managed to semi-survive without water. There were still a few flowers that looked alive enough to use but I was more interested in the leaves; they could replace the dandelion seeds and still portray the flying-on-a-breeze idea.
I crouched down on the floor of the living room in front of the mirror and positioned a small leave on a random place under my collarbone, hoping it’d somehow end in the right place; I wasn’t sure where this was heading. I positioned the stapler on the leaf, bit my teeth and pulled the trigger. The leaf fell off; it was too small for the staple to successfully capture. I also realised that I chose quite a painful place to place staples.
Tool for creativity
I remember being so scared of the idea of using staples in the past. The first few times I used staples my fear remained but by now I see a stapler as a tool for creative creations. It hurts when you staple but it only hurts for a few seconds and then it’s over. It’s very different from the cane or a whip or the repetitiveness of several spanks. Pain lingers after the hit with impact play, while staples only start to burn ever so slightly over time; they don’t even come close to the sensation of tiger balm.
Stubborn as I am, I tried to staple another small leaf to my skin. I thought the small ones would best be able to capture the effect I was after but it didn’t work. I decided to staple the biggest leaf then to see if it was going to work at all and I’m happy to say that it did. As I added the others, I realised the floating-leaves effect wasn’t going to work but they still made my body look artsy if you like.
As I didn’t want it to seem cluttered and cover my skin too much, I stopped after the fifth leaf. It was difficult to capture them on camera because they were rather dark, which made their details disappear. Because of this, I tried black and white in addition to the coloured pictures. I like the even effect of the black and white but I quite appreciate the redness of my skin and how it looks next to the green of the leaves. By the end, I was very excited to share these pictures.
A task very well done. Your creativity in your submission pleases me https://t.co/QdwubAIXT7
— Mistress Roxy Elixir (@RoxyElixir) June 29, 2020