Niche in the Woods
Shane and I recently created Model Mayhem
accounts, and experienced our first successful contact with a local photographer, Sam Nesbitt
. This project excited me from the start with his initial statements of intentions for a shoot with his father’s World War Two Army Air Corps uniform. We headed to the hills, and I reveled to participate for the first time in a shoot that was not my brain child nor my efforts to tell a story. This was Sam
‘s scene and concept, and all I had to do is show up and pose, a fun change in pace right when I was feeling discouraged that personal budget cuts were going to shave off the amount of work we are able to produce for this blog. Meeting Sam
is a brilliant new adventure on this journey, and I look forward to broadening my scope as we work with this fellow Creative Mind and Engineer. Collaboration is genius!
I did bring along three of my own props to add to the scene: a borrowed M1 Garand authentic to the era of the uniform, an over coat also authentic to the era, though belonging to a WAAC
, and a real WWII helmet I picked up at the Sacramento Antique Faire
What you say? Join the team? Spare riffle waiting to be picked up
All images courtesy Sameul Nesbitt
Hair by Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Vampire and Prey
Shane and I enjoy Blues Fusion dancing weekly
, and recently spent an entire weekend at a Justin Riley
workshop. Icing on the cake at the end of it all: a social dance involving costumes! I love dress up: Vampire and his Prey. What do I love about Blues Fusion? Enjoying a beautiful, at times exciting and surprising conversation without a spoken word. Three minutes in time, and together a song is interpreted in kinisthetic motion. Something about that is satisfying, and yet addicting. No dance is ever the same, for in no given moment are two people ever the same. To dance well demands utter presence. Show up, spend some time with yourself, and walk away with healing or a deeper knowing. Whoever said. “life is beautiful” danced to music.
Dare You to Dance With Me?
Why of Course.
The Mad Hatter is Willing, but He Would Be, Wouldn’t He?
Much Gratitude For These Dances and Experiences With Connection.
MUA: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Choosing to love is choosing exposure to pain. Pain of separation may come in the form of death, but often it arrives by a choosing to leave by one party or the other. To some relationships, the pain of being together is greater than the pain of being apart in which case a “good riddance” stance may develop. For others, there’s a kind of love that does not leave the soul. It resides there, in the mind, will, and emotion, ready to come surging up at the hearing of a song, a poem, or some story told by another. That love may be stirred by a smell, a taste, a situation, a place, or otherwise inanimate objects. Such memory triggers are often dealt with and worked through by desensitization ’till days may again be embraced without constant reminders of loss. Conscious memories and their triggers may be massaged to neutral, yet nevertheless and perhaps most often, that love surges up in the still of night, when the mind most relaxes. Awake from that dream, with for a moment difficulty sorting reality. The object of your affections may be separated from you by death, but not always. Lost relationships hurt with equal force, broken bonds cut into the soul with similar pains.
Push down and otherwise distract to get through the moments, but at the end of those moments and even during them, a grieving process is reigning. Life is full of loss: relationship, role, income, physical ability. Learn to grieve well that you may live well.
Can you still feel love? Is it your imagination, or attachment to a feeling? Whatever your experience, you are in the driver’s seat. Experience is your passenger. Take it where you will.
*Side note: some of us develop emotional attachment to vehicles. Bond with them during enjoyable times shared with loved ones, or by spending hours working on them to create a desired outcome. Part with said vehicle, and spot it cruising around town only to have a sense of ownership or longing for what was shared in that vessel. Perhaps this is just an American thing. Most folks who have owned a special vehicle may relate? They can be as a family member, yes?
MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model: Matt Martin
Shine, Once More
Location: Firehouse 5
Model and Co-Creator: David “Gravy” Castillo
Cool Patch Pumpkins is our standing favorite patch to visit each Fall. We collect beautiful pumpkins and gourds for decorating September through November. A day or more on the farm is a sweet treat for the kids as well as myself. Special to visit where food and living stuff grows, and to support local farmers. We go at least twice each season.
This was the first year we entered the Guinness Book of World Records 60-acres corn maze. Two to Three hours to trample through nine and ten foot tall corn stalks. What a maze it was. Mind boggling in the dark as it were, and our team was fortunate to have Shane take the lead and find our way on the map. If you’re local, I encourage you to check out the experience sometime, guaranteed to be unique.
Excuse the photo quality, as these were taken with a little Sony while our camera was in the shop for repairs from damage at the “Waterfall” shoot.
Who would like to ride in this car?! No other activity required, just take me for a ride!
This scene was originally designed to tell a story of a date, or rather of a couple in love. During the shoot I knew we couldn’t pull off more emotion beyond a first date impression, so instead of presenting “young love” or “new love” this is just what it is, two people enjoying a sweet ride. This shoot was meant to lay the foundation for an upcoming story, so keep your eyes peeled!
Suppose you need first see what the car looks like.
Apparently people tell Matt all the time his car is ugly. Imagine what some of us think about that. This sweet ride is one-of-a-kind in California, and much more appealing than modern cars, right?!
Car info…Matt found this 1955 Hudson Wasp in a ditch, or rather did someone in his community. He at first came to look at the car under the impression it was a different year. Not as sexy a year as what he wanted, but the body was so straight, he decided to take it.
Backseat, Baby! Which modern car actually has an appealing backseat for an adult? There’s Trevor helping out behind-the-scens.
So Spacious and Comfy
Time to get out and run around!
The front seat is where at least one person has to ride in order to get somewhere. Riding there is just as swell. Trevor actually drove us around the day of the shoot. I had such fun.
MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Model: Matt Martin
Mustang Days is held each year in the Fall at out local airport. Isn’t it always nice to attend an event less than five minutes from home? My first time sitting upon an airplane is photographed above!
The planes land and take off all day long. You’ve not seen so many grown men gazing up at the sky with faces, smiles and hearts of wee boys. The child comes out in lots of folks around such excitement, planes so near and personal.
Excitement is not limited to the air. Mustang cars as well as military land vehicles are on display as well. This 1941 Jeep is owned by Walt’s War Wagons boasting a fleet of 16 historic military vehicles, I say this is more than a hobby for these owners.
This Indian motorcycle, also WWII era, was manufactured then promptly shipped to New Zealand for the war effort. She made it back stateside after living much of her life as a modified civilian bike. A local gentleman got his hands on her to restore her to full vintage glory, now that’s passion.
Perhaps the most exciting, and certainly the largest military machinery we encountered was this B-25 Bomber, Tondelayo. Can you imagine riding in this firing pit at the nose? Two guns and exposed at all angles to the views, but also to the enemy in the case of historical servicemen. Want to know for real what it is like in there? For $475 you can lift off into the sky, crawl in and live it! Personally I get motion sick and will not be signing up for that thrill of a life anytime soon, though I fully support anyone who does.
Don’t you just want to cozy up close to those sexy wing blades? Danger!
Careful, not too close now. These old planes spring leaks in random gushes. Never know when you may be splattered being that close.
After World War II about twenty percent of the women in WAC or WAAC remained in service. I could be wrong, I am going off memory there. However, I do know that in June 1948, coincidentally the same year as my car, a bill passed which made the Women’s Army Corps separate from the regular Army until 1978. Can you imagine? Women being in a totally separate army? Which is more fraught with political debate? Women serving in a separate Army,or serving alongside men in the same one? We know how that question ends, and historically I am sure there was a third option of no women serving at all. Have you seen recent archeological finds indicating that Viking women traveled and battled alongside Viking men in battle? Have you got it in you?
Know that I stand in front of and with whom? You’ll have to click on Shane’s site to see the bigger picture. What’s a war without enemies? I am posing with “the enemy”, now based out of San Jose, whose three-seat plane holds a pilot, navigator, and gunner. Triple threat, Yikes!
Most of the planes we enjoyed were actually 1950s era aircraft designed for post-war duty. My grandfather worked on such planes aboard aircraft carriers USS Saipan and USS Midway during the Korean War.
If you’ve not been to an airshow, I highly recommend it. Owners of these aircraft are interesting, to say the least, and the variety of air craft on display and in operation could make you pee your pants.
MUAH: Danyelle “The Hair Maverick” Johnson
Mustang Days at Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville is tomorrow, and that marks the one year anniversary Shane and I decided to pursue Pinup publicly. Tomorrow also marks the two year anniversary of my noticing that such communities exist. Discover what you love and are passionate about, and pursue it! Much joy is to be had in the journey, and side stops along the way may lead to even more adventures previously unimaginable. We have met so many interesting and lovely people, sharing a connection to art or history or Americana culture.
The hobby, this blog, and pursuit of pinup is a thrilling ride. Nearly a year in the making, however, the journey has left the bank broke. We love doing this, but want to bring in some funds on return in order to keep taking photos and funding our shoots. Shane and I have decided a first step toward helping this hobby pay for itself is to offer prints for sale to the public. Nearly 600 images have been published to this blog. We have comprised a gallery of top images available for purchase on all from paper to our favorite, metal! Please do tell if there’s an image you want to purchase but is not in the gallery and we will add it. Also, share our work and talk about what we are doing! We love this and I would very much like to continue. The next two weeks I have a full calendar of posts to publish, but come November I will be slowing back to one or two posts per week. A slow-down in change of pace may be just the answer. From our hearts to yours, thank you for sharing in this delightful journey. May it be long from over!
Embarrassingly enough, I donned this number with the dress piece on backward last time we shot it. Got it on straight this time! Authentic vintage from the estate of my historic body clone.
MUA: Alyssa Plough