Paper Girl by newbank

Paper Girl

The dreaded selfie. I nearly stood it up but I've done 5 days of the ONS challenge. So here it is. I have slowly been accepting I really am not 21 anymore. Neither am I in my twenties. The things that make me realise this are 1) The doctors look younger than me. 2) Sometimes it looks like children are driving cars. Last week though I fully accepted approaching middle age. Littlest & I were watching some nursery rhymes together on you tube. There was an advert we couldn't skip so we watched it. It was for oil of olay. The voice suddenly sounded familiar but the face looked like that of a middle aged lady. A beautiful one at that but not one of a younger lady. Suddenly I realised who it was. It was joey potter from Dawsons Creek. A TV programme I loved in my late teenage/early twenties. The actress Katie Holmes is my age. I suddenly felt old. I was the target market for oil of olay.
@graemestevens I had a sneak preview into what it must feel like to be you doing weird selfies.... It's abit odd wrapping yourself up in paper with sellotape...
November 22nd, 2014  
@amandal I did it! Finally....
November 22nd, 2014  
Cooooooooool! Your first selfie and you start like this, brilliant!
November 22nd, 2014  
@overalvandaan I think may be my only selfie....
November 22nd, 2014  
So cool, well done. I love the creativity on this.
November 22nd, 2014  
Brilliant! Fav
November 22nd, 2014  
@newbank @amandal no, you'll get addicted just like Amanda's great selfies :-)
November 22nd, 2014  
This is a really cool selfie. Fav
November 22nd, 2014  
Fav!!! :-)
November 22nd, 2014  
It is a great selfie and great idea. Fav
November 22nd, 2014  
Fabulous, love your creativity.
November 22nd, 2014  
Liking your style! I bet this took a few attempts to get right.
November 22nd, 2014  
@candidzen My other half was helping. He was doing the shooting so I kept nagging him to let the camera focus!
November 22nd, 2014  
Oh wait until you get in your sixties. The waitresses and the people at fast food drive thrus call you "sweetie, and dearie." UGH I want to slap them. You had great fun with this selfie. Go girl!
November 22nd, 2014  
Very creative selfie :)
November 22nd, 2014  
Oh yes this is brilliant....a fave from me too! Well all I can say is you look like you are sixteen! Great shape you're in for what you call an oldie! I expect you had a great laugh doing this...I hope you had the curtains closed!
November 22nd, 2014  
Great selfie! :)
November 22nd, 2014  
fab love this fav
November 22nd, 2014  
@happypat oh yes they were closed!! I have to say when I started this project I never imagined the day I'd be sellotaping newspapers to myself for a photograph!
November 22nd, 2014  
Love this b&w shot, great composition, light, fav
November 22nd, 2014  
Superb selfie, my favourite of the two
November 22nd, 2014  
Jo
Excellent selfie.
November 22nd, 2014  
Brilliant selfie!! So creative!! Fav!
November 22nd, 2014  
Fav!! I like this one much more than the color version. Middle age, ha, from the bits I can see you look barely older than my grand kids. (well, that might be a stretch, but not by much). :-)
November 22nd, 2014  
Oh, and I love the creativity here too.
November 22nd, 2014  
Great selfie!
November 22nd, 2014  
Very cool selfie
November 22nd, 2014  
I love it! Very creative selfie and I can completely relate to the story. Fav
November 22nd, 2014  
i think you look even better in mono newbank :)
November 22nd, 2014  
Clever conception, beautifully executed.
November 22nd, 2014  
What a great selfie. Reminds me of a fancy dress party my daughter went to when she was a child. We dressed her up in a flapper dress made of newspaper, she had a crown made of newspaper too and a newspaper tree as a wand. She wore a sash saying "Miss Print". She got second prize and was so excited. She was only 7 years old at the time, so a long time ago.
November 22nd, 2014  
You've gotta respect such a well-read woman. Great shot.
November 23rd, 2014  
beautiful self-portrait, you look better than I do ;)
November 23rd, 2014  
yeah... kids driving cars... and calling you ma'am... ugh! this is a fabulous selfie... wonderfully conceived and so well executed... fav!
November 23rd, 2014  
You look jolly young to me - it is all relative. LOL.
November 23rd, 2014  
cool in BW selfie
November 23rd, 2014  
First. Awesome shot. Second. If Katie Holmes is your age, well, shush up, you're a baby. Haha. I'm turning 50 in a couple of months... but this is my absolute fav of ons shots for its creativity and execution. This shows time and thought, for which I have a great appreciation
November 23rd, 2014  
fantastic!! big fav!
November 23rd, 2014  
Brilliant awesome wonderful -- not enough words to convey how good I think this is. A great b&w, great concept, great execution! And you're young from my POV!
November 23rd, 2014  
I've said it all on your other shot, but this one has such a noir feel to it. You look young to me too!
November 23rd, 2014  
Love this one. Great idea and execution.
November 23rd, 2014  
It is very good.
November 23rd, 2014  
What a fun shot! So creative :)
November 23rd, 2014  
My favourite of the 2, this is so creative. Fav
November 23rd, 2014  
WOW WEE!!!!!! Incredibly creative! I bet Katie Holmes has never done what you have done here ;) FAV FAV FAV
November 23rd, 2014  
Love your outfit! Great idea and execution. fav.
November 23rd, 2014  
Love this is b&w!! it is really powerful!
November 23rd, 2014  
Great idea for a selfie, love your creativity.
November 23rd, 2014  
Well you certainly made the headlines with this shot! fav
November 23rd, 2014  
WOW! Ruth! Bet you didn't look as good as this in your twenties......! A gem of a photo too! Wonderful idea, brilliantly done! Fav!
November 23rd, 2014  
Even better than the other one! Also very creative. And what a figure! You sure you are not still 20, Ruth? :)
November 23rd, 2014  
Super capture for page 3, you're going to make the news with this composition and hopefully a nice young man will ask to do the crossword. FAV from me.
November 23rd, 2014  
Big, big fav. Such a creative selfie. No sense that the exposed skin needs Oil of Olay.
November 23rd, 2014  
Wow, it takes a long time to get down here to post a comment. Fabulous shot, cracking idea for a selfie. Very nicely edited.
November 23rd, 2014  
@ceilidh @ladymagpie @tomtom @yrhenwr @pistonbroke @adayinmallacoota @nicoleterheide @kph129 @gigiflower @888rachel @maishanny @barrowlane @dibzgreasley @taffy @sissyaj @darylo @daisymiller @ethelperry @northy @zosimasy @golftragic @onewing @vignouse @phil_howcroft @dh @wenbow @bill_fe @pamknowler @graemestevens @seattlite @happypat @hermann @joansmor @ukandie1 @shepherdmanswife thank you one and all for your complimentary & funny comments and favs. It made a change to our usual dvd & pudding "Saturday night sofa date night" but I can confirm selfie Saturday will not be becoming a regular feature. As to not feeling old? Today I am drugged up and sat with a hot water bottle on my back I've pulled something in it in my sleep. Hoping it will un pull tonight!
November 23rd, 2014  
Oh dear! Un pull! Un Pull! And print this shot--seriously. It's THAT GOOD! :) Feel better girl.
November 23rd, 2014  
@darylo I'm slightly shocked by the response of me wrapped up in newspaper.... Perhaps I'll try the look for the school run in the morning. No wait it's November I'll freeze!
November 23rd, 2014  
@newbank You might make the news! ;)
November 23rd, 2014  
@darylo oh and that you think it's that good is a real compliment. I know you've had your work up in competitions and printed. I'm debating joining a society next year....maybe.....just don't feel good enough at all!
November 23rd, 2014  
Wonderful, original selfie!!!!
November 23rd, 2014  
Congrats on PP Ms Newbank.
November 23rd, 2014  
@bill_fe Ta....
November 23rd, 2014  
Love this b&w the best...........you look FAB
November 23rd, 2014  
out"stand"ing! ;) Glad you didn't pass it up. This is really awesome!
November 23rd, 2014  
Great idea and fantastic shot.
November 23rd, 2014  
@newbank You are DEFINITELY ready to be competing in competitions. Your work is really strong!
November 23rd, 2014  
@taffy thanks Taffy..... Next academic year when littlest out more at pre school I am seriously considering pushing myself to join a group as I'd have more time to give to it. Thanks for saying my work is strong, huge compliment coming from you.
November 23rd, 2014  
@newbank It's been so much fun to see how our mentoring group members are now placing or winning themes/challenges, and essentially posting all around high quality shots. It's all you and your skills, but I secretly (to myself only) claim credit every time I see one of your major successes!! Just like I do with my university students -- very rewarding!
November 23rd, 2014  
@taffy you deserve a bit of credit. It was people like you and @seanoneill whose work I first found on here that inspired me when I was new to photography that if I kept trying I could get better at it. I looked at images on here for about 3 months before taking the plunge to do one myself. So glad I did, I doubt I would have progressed much without this site. Crazy to think less than a year ago I had not a clue, not a single clue. I remember sitting in the first evening of the short course I did in the new year and the tutor taking about ISO, aperture and shutter speeds and I came home going "help, I don't have a clue!!" I (secretly to myself & hubby) am proud of myself and what I have achieved this year. So thank you for being a part of that journey for me.
November 23rd, 2014  
I agree with Daryl. Print it! Use a lab if you don't have the means at home. I use Palm Laboratory in Birmingham - they are good with b&w use good quality paper and are not expensive, but I'm sure there are others.
November 24th, 2014  
Very, very clever and creative. One of the best B+Ws I have seen in many a month.
November 24th, 2014  
@newbank Oh gosh, hope you feel better soon Ruth. Pulled backs are no fun at all.
November 24th, 2014  
Looking good here, one to im-press!
November 24th, 2014  
Pam
Brilliant!!
November 24th, 2014  
this is fabulous
November 24th, 2014  
So I wanted to congratulate you on an amazing first selfie. You way rocked it. It took me awhile to get good at them...here is my first and I did it very early on my first year: http://365project.org/amandal/365/2012-01-27 . Anyway, really love your idea, processing and take on it. I did a wrapping paper selfie to end my first year and then regretted it because of the connotations. It was fun and a good ending, though, but I had to hide it eventually to get less comments on it. Here that one is: http://365project.org/amandal/365/2012-12-31
November 24th, 2014  
From what I can see of you here, you look far from old or even middle aged. Great selfie and a fav.
November 25th, 2014  
Congrats on your selfie making the PP!
November 25th, 2014  
Really creative!
November 25th, 2014  
Oh to be Katie Holmes' age again! I think this is wonderful. Age is all relative isn't it, you will look back one day and realise how young you were here. Please don't say you're middle aged unless you intend leaving this earth far too young.
November 25th, 2014  
Great stuff! +fav
November 25th, 2014  
Fabulous!!!!! Oh wow! Fav
November 25th, 2014  
First, fav! Fantastic photo!! Second, I totally relate to your post. Going to be 31 next week and feeling old!
November 25th, 2014  
this is excellent
November 26th, 2014  
oh by the way - mid 30's phhttttt - you are still a baby lol
November 26th, 2014  
What a selfie! You're not old; what we can see of your skin looks smooth and young!
November 26th, 2014  
this is wonderful! congrats on top 20! WHAAT!!? you're 35 and you feel old?
November 28th, 2014  
You made the TT!!! You rock. We are close in age...I'm 38.
November 28th, 2014  
Well done Ruth - TT!
November 29th, 2014  
Congrats on the TT...couldn't happen to a nicer news paper ;)
November 29th, 2014  
yay you! I am impressed
November 29th, 2014  
I knew this one would be here!
November 29th, 2014  
@taffy @annied @graemestevens @888rachel @amandal thanks everyone. First appearance so I'm very surprised!
November 29th, 2014  
And 2 in one week! Very happy for you, Ruth! Well done :)
November 29th, 2014  
Congrats on the TT! :)
November 29th, 2014  
This was a shot so well worth getting undressed fior & now everyone has seen you in your newspaper .....congratulations on your double TT Ruth.
November 30th, 2014  
Wow! I missed this. Congratulations on the TT. What a great idea and effort. And it is very flattering and worth the angst. You are a spring chicken!
November 30th, 2014  
Oh my word Ruth, you made the TT - I am so happy for you, congrats!
December 1st, 2014  
fab selfie. With no aging there would be no life-so we all have to find a way to accept it. And you have an incredible figure-I thought that you had used a teenager!!! glad to see this image made the TT.
December 2nd, 2014  
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