Beautiful :-) by tabbycat

Beautiful :-)

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I've been thinking about a 'beautiful' shot for the January treasure hunt for a while now. I definitely didn't want to do something schmaltzy and I considered being so bold as to do a selfie and making a statement about how we all utterly adore the beauty in others, but rarely, if ever call ourSELVES beautiful!

However, I was in the mall today, and the sk8heads had hit the place as soon as the shops shut. They were skateboarding like crazy and I asked if I could take some shots of them? They were stoked at the idea of getting some cool pics for their Facebook pages. LOL! i took some boarding action shots, but I really liked this group portrait best. What I find beautiful about this picture:

* their beautiful, smiling, innocent young faces
* their pre-sheeple ability to be themselves in every day life
* .50cent hug guy (I gave him 50 cents for a hug)
* skate chick in her flanno just hangin' with the boys
* their unself-conscious displays of affection for each other

I sincerely hope that none of them will fall prey to the sheeple zombieness of western society, but I know that some of them probably will :-(
For me, this awesome Awolnation song says it all here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=fvwp&v=1pfqQ5q0Ca8

We were born to rage
We're the price of pain
We're a single voice
We're the second choice
We were born to rage

People
People
Have you heard the good news
There's people
People
They're running just like you
Today
I say
It's all that matters for now
For you
And I
Wooo
So people
People
Make some good ol' love

PS: They were the nicest peeps ever! :-)
I love this shot, and I reckon they will be alright. And your comment at the bottom reminds of what I wrote about this photo:
http://365project.org/jasehoad/365/2011-10-01
January 17th, 2012  
PS Fav
January 17th, 2012  
@jasehoad Hehee..thought you would like this one. I gave them my number and told them to call me if they ever wanted some skate park pics..so there may be more coming soon....
January 17th, 2012  
Very cool! Reminds me of my youth, I turned out to be a teacher, after punkrocker days. I love that this still goes on and they like me and ones before me, are convinced me are the first and only, just being who they want to be. Great capture.
January 17th, 2012  
Nice capture of them in their elements of youth. Love the 50 cent hug idea--too funny. @costaricamarc I was thinking the same--my mohawk days...
January 17th, 2012  
Tabitha, this is perfect. I bet they love it. I just talked with our neighborhood skaters to do shots also.
January 17th, 2012  
This is fabulous!!! Brings back memories....youth...carefree...the love of friends. I can promise you, I still have that group of friends and when we get together, all these years later...it's like going back in time. May they forever be friends. Forever be carefree. ♥
January 17th, 2012  
I love the SHIT out of this picture. LOVE LOVE LOVE FAV LOVE LOVE LOVE.
January 17th, 2012  
fantastic!!
January 17th, 2012  
This is a great shot of friends...love everything you wrote about your experience with them and I'm sure they will treasure this photo forever!
January 17th, 2012  
Great shot, They seem very funny and energetic people in spite of the pose (does it have sense fo you? I still have problem with the english :S)
January 17th, 2012  
awww thats awesommee, i can feel the happy vibes :D
January 17th, 2012  
This is great they'll be able to look back on it in years to come like I do over old photos of my mates.
January 17th, 2012  
Fantastic group shot! Love their faces and expressions. Great light and loving that bit of SC!!
January 17th, 2012  
@costaricamarc @clarissajohal That's funny. I'm going the opposite way. I was a very quiet, conservative teenager who only ever listened to classical music, but am now seriously considering getting a mohawk, I'm 38! LOL!

@maggie2 Cool! Looking forward to seeing them! I'm happy to report that the one guy who I emailed all the pics to, wrote back to say that he "loved them" and was sure that the others would too! :-)

@nonni I never grew up with a group of friends, I was a bit of a loner in high school, so I've always been a bit jealous of those who are part of a large group of friends...it's a thing I've always admired though! I'm glad you faved this because my words actually reminded me of your selfie..

@beautifulthing LOL! Thanks chica!
January 17th, 2012  
@shawnanne Thanks. Dillon wrote back to say he "loved" the pics, that made me so happy!!

@fabriziam Yes, I know what you mean, that it was slightly weird that they wanted to pose for a 'formal' portrait. You know, I've done a lot of English coaching on livemocha.com and I love teaching people! If you ever want any free help with your English, just send your problem to me at tabbycat97520@gmail.com and I will help you out! I'm always impressed with people who know more than one language!

January 17th, 2012  
this pic is rad as hell... so kewl of them to let you take pics of them, so kewl you did so for their facebook pages... love it!!
January 18th, 2012  
This is awesome! What a great group shot
January 18th, 2012  
clever, love the shot, and the processing, gives me inspiration to do a photo shoot of a family later this month, love it ,
January 18th, 2012  
really sporting of them and it's a wonderful shot!
January 18th, 2012  
very creative selective colouring Tabitha!
January 18th, 2012  
I love everything about this photo!
January 18th, 2012  
Great capture of the group, cool colour selection, and I really like your take on it too.
January 18th, 2012  
@tabbycat Thank you, you are very kind! I will consider it
January 18th, 2012  
This is really cool! what an awesome story!
January 19th, 2012  
Great group picture! Followed you btw,
January 19th, 2012  
@tabbycat Ditto to the teenage years here. I was the same. I say go for it.....
January 19th, 2012  
I like that one guy is tweakin another guys nipple hidden in plain sight.
January 22nd, 2012  
@tabbycat hey I saw a girl with a mohawk today and I wanted to rock it too HOWEVER at 38 I know my hair sucks and my teen angst would blow up in my face and cause me to lose my job.
January 22nd, 2012  
@chasingwishes Yeah, those two are my faves in this pic! Oh, you have THAT kind of job..? :-( All te more reason to do it, in my opinion! Carpe diem. Seize the day!
January 22nd, 2012  
wow such a great shot Tabitha. You could really do environmental portraiture...you have something here...do more of this!
January 23rd, 2012  
@kmwilliams Thank you hon..after reading a blurb on environmental portraiture in a library book recently, it's EXACTLY what I would like to do more of! I'm so glad you like this one! :-)
January 23rd, 2012  
@tabbycat yeah in the summer I have to wear one long sleeve to hide my art.
January 23rd, 2012  
@chasingwishes Jeezus! What you you DO?? Personally, I try to rock the boat at every available opportunity. It's our duty to get these weenies out of their insanely small-minded views, yeah?
January 23rd, 2012  
@tabbycat WELL I was fine until I got the spiderweb tattooed on my elbow.
January 24th, 2012  
@chasingwishes Hmmm...it's a spider web. It doesn't say "Fuck you and your momma too!" Seriously, be out and proud. Ridiculousness only persists where we permit it to!
January 24th, 2012  
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