Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Skip to my Lou -

"Dancin' in the Dark"
digital collage by Mick Mather
If you can recall the old children's song, "Skip to My Lou", all you need do is get to singing out loud until the meter hits the groove. At that point, the image in tonight's post will make a bit more sense when viewed as a young girl working through the steps at a Saturday night community sing and dance. Alright then boys 'n girls, clap your hands and tap your feet and repeat after me: "Lost my partner, what'll I do? Lost my partner, what'll I do? I'll find another girl, prettier than you! Skip to my Lou my darlin'".

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Blogger SusuPetal said...

Oh, the first thought was that she'd been stamped, crashed and when I read your text, I can hear those children chant over her mutilated body....

I know you didin't mean it that way, but that came in mind.
I'd like to raise her up.

(the perspective is astonishing, it makes my head spin)

8:48 PM  
Blogger hpy said...

Have you shortened that dancing girl somehow?

12:38 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thank you so much for the comment on the perspective. This was really an experiment to see just how well an image might work after being drastically distorted. I have at least a half dozen versions of this piece and may show another one of these days.

As I mention above in my reply to Susu, the answer is yes ... shortened and widened radically. As is my wont, then into the many filters and manipulators.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

LOL! Very interesting! Cool work.

My first thought is, someone;s capture me nude with all my jiggling cellulite, LOL! (Oh dear!)

9:22 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

mary stebbins taitt:
LMAO at you! That's a fine 'n lovely little sundress she's wearing with buckle shoes to match! Either way, I cannot lie - I'm good to go if you need that jiggle judged! :D

10:18 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Are those the real words? How un-PC! Everything is so PC these days. Intially I thought it was someone on a swing, or reclining with there arms above their head. I like the softness of this piece despite the cold colours. It reminds me of looking through patterned glass, perhaps watching someone dance before they've realised your there. Un-inhibitied,free, peaceful.

1:18 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

lisa sarsfield:
Yes, those are real words but they go all the way back to the frontier settlers who went west in the 1800's. As it goes, this particular set of lyrics (actually 2 verses that I put together) is a retort from one young teen to another, probably after having been spurned as a potential suitor or turned down for a dance. Kids can be cruel and rarely have any concept of what's politically correct! Bless their hearts! :)

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hihihihi...funny how the mind works. I first read the title of this post and thought, "What's he doing a post on the toliet for?" Lou being used often over here for the toliet. I expected to see someone skipping along to the bathroom. I got it when I scrolled down. It has a very nice softness to it, almost as if one is seeing the reflection in water, bravo!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

LOL - I have to say that I sometimes, like now, delight in the misinterpretations that some have of my work. I'm quite glad that you enjoyed the piece, Shani, but you'll need to excuse me ... I have to go to the loo!

7:10 PM  

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