Saturday, 27 January 2007

'Legless' January photo



This is my entry for the 'January' photo competion over at Living Gorgeously.
It seems very fitting that Santa would be found lying in a field, legless, now that everyone has forgotten him. For those who've not heard the term legless, it means drunk, very drunk. And there were about 6 empty beer bottles lying near by so it is very fitting that he is legless in every sense of the word. Poor Santa, January must be tough for him.

The above shot is my favourite because it looks more surreal and the darker sky seems more like January, but I also like this sunnier one that has more context and shows his full body, or what there is of it, so this can be an entry too...



Now usually we only see him sitting with kids on his knees, or facing us. But when he is drunk he has no shame and will let any casual passer by photograph his bottom...





I like his swirly beard.

I stumbled across him 2 weeks ago and have been attempting to photograph him in decent light and without Marley dragging me through barbed wire to get to him. Even without legs he's about 5 feet tall, and appropriately round. Here's one of my colder morning photo's where I managed to prop him up for a minute before the wind toppled him....



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

i LOVE that first photo. so much.

i hope things go ok at work for you..... hate that kind of stress

O L G A said...

I vote for that first picture! Yes it is surreal! I get the impression he is veru big - sligtly bigger than a man.
Am I right?

cally said...

Lisa-
Thanks, I've managed to get my head round a strategy to at least not burst into tears, or chop someone's head off!

Olga-
If he had full legs then he'd be about 6ft tall, maybe a little more. I failed to take a successful pic with me next to him for scale, they were all out of focus.

Anonymous said...

Have you had the meeting? What is happening? Did you yell at the lower manager for a philosophical reason? Because, it may be worth it... Still, I know that dread. Thinking of you.

sharon said...

he he, i like that he will let anyone photograph his bottom. these are great pics cally xxx

donna said...

Love the first pic!

Anonymous said...

That first pic looks so sad! Even more after your description, and I've learned something new about the word legless!

Amy
www.remakeables.com

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