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my first remix assignment! since we could remix whatever assignments we wanted, I got to walk it back to my favorite media, photography & visual stuff! So I decided to remix this assignment, which said to take a photo and make it look all stiff and old-timey. The first remix that popped up said to add a sidekick, which is super fun, so I decided to go with it! And my sidekick, obviously, just h a d to be my beagle Sadie, so I leashed her up and took her into our backyard for a quick photoshoot. Before doing that, however, I got myself a little bit dressed up to better fit the part of the stuffy, old person in the very beginning of photography. I also tied a scarf I have around Sadie’s neck so that she fit the part of my stuffy beagle sidekick. This was super fun because a) i love my dog and b) I like dressing up! just good good vibes all around. So without further ado, here’s the final product!

This went surprisingly smoothly! Sadie isn’t usually one to cooperate so well, let along stare right at the camera with me! This is the original photo, for comparison purposes.

So after taking this photo, I uploaded it to gimp. The first thing I did was make the pixels just a little bit bigger, to mimic the lower quality cameras of way back when. Then, I added a sepia filter. Then, deciding it was still a little bit too yellow/bright to seem truly old, I messed around with the color balance of the midtones and highlights until I got the photo above. I’m so happy with it, just a lot of fun and I really really like the vibe from the photo.

As far as storytelling goes, I’m thinking I’m some kind of old timey lady figure (maybe a crime boss, maybe a supervillain) who is consistently underestimated by everyone around her because shes a woman, and who is sick and tired of it. This photo was probably taken at the moment when she snapped, one fool to many spoke down to her and doesn’t know what’s coming for him. Sadie and I (although we probably use pseudonyms) both angry, but also tired, which is exactly the feeling after constantly being underestimated. Frustrated, and ready to go to war, but simultaneously just tired of fighting to be seen as equal.

just pay no attention to the flip flops, -liz