Saturday, January 16, 2010

Aging

Double D took this picture of Izzy and me today. I imported the image into my software program for processing knowing I would need help. I enlarged it on my screen and had an immediate urge to bolt to the bathroom and shout, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, surely you do lie. Mirror, mirror on the wall, we don't see eye to eye." (rest of poem here) Lordy, where have these hard lines come from?! I hadn't noticed them before. My skin is tired and parched. When did that happen? Can I blame the camera?

I tested several of the black and white presets thinking that might help. The one that looked the best was called, of all things, "Aged Photo". It was as if my own software program was mocking me. I came to the grim realization that there is no Photoshop program in the world that can soften this hard face.
So far, I've rather enjoyed aging. I have more confidence, I have a 21+ year job history, a little money in the bank, and a more settled life. The closer I get to retirement, the more excited I get about all the things I'm going to be able to do. But with this face? I don't know. I guess I'll survive it. :/

8 comments:

Heather said...

I think that's a great photo & I also think you look GREAT!! We are our own worst critic though & I also have the intant urge to photoshop every image of myself. But I don't think you even needed the black & white...both images look fantastic. :o)

Louisiana Belle said...

Thanks, Heather. You are too kind.

Teresa Evangeline said...

I see beautiful softness!

And all is right with the world...Jeff won Best Actor for Crazy Heart! Yippee!

Louisiana Belle said...

Yes, Teresa! Haha, I just went back to your blog to deliver the same news to you! Have you seen the movie yet? The song won also. Hell yeah!!

Kimberly said...

Don't be so hard on yourself...without wrinkles or fine lines our life would have no history.

*slathers on anti-wrinkle/face/butt/hand cream*

Louisiana Belle said...

You're right, Kimberly. I should think of my face as a historical depiction of my life. I've been slathering on the face/butt/hand cream for quite some time. Perhaps it's stalled a few wrinkles. But just like an appetite, there's another one coming. Oy!

Teresa Evangeline said...

It hasn't come here yet :( but, I've seen a trailer and it looks so good. I love Jeff and was so happy for him. Can't wait to see it! It's so cool that he's been married to the same woman for 33 years, almost unheard of in tinseltown.

Louisiana Belle said...

Teresa, his marriage to the same woman for that many years is one of the things I love about him! I hope the movie comes to your town soon!