Mime makeup in progress

Mime makeup in progress
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In its basic form I’m sure the idea of mimes has existed since ancient times, an iconic silent performer who says a lot about the human condition. In modern form, mimes have narrowed down to a very specific performance style and a recognisable look. Love them or hate them, mimes have a very strong, distinct look which is contributed to in no small part by the accents of red they include in their elaborate make-up, a spot here, a tear there, a pair of red lips.

Once the make-up and costume is completely applied, the mime is nearly anonymous by design, an every-person, so it’s interesting to see this shot of the transformation from human being to performing symbol in this shot. The girl with the red lips and the mostly done mime make-up is touching up her dark eye lining, and you know she’s preparing to become the creature she is to be.

Kissing red lips framed in long red hair

Kissing red lips framed in long red hair
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There are a hundred theories about the reasons behind the attraction we feel as animal and intelligent being towards a pair of flushed, shapely lips on a face. The evolutionary psychologists point towards sexual symbolism, and psychological analysts would talk of the phase of oral fixation and the like. Regardless of the reasoning behind it, we remain very attracted and subdued and excited by a pair of red lips framed in a head of healthy hair.

As selfies of lips and hair and warmly lit skin goes, this is quite a great example. A very simple image, but the focus is one the lips and it doesn’t matter that the rest of the face is off the frame. The harsh lighting frames all of it perfectly, streaming through long hair and tantalisingly open mouth makes this perfectly sensual. Rarely do you come across photographs that, while raw, are so evocative.

Stick It (2006)

Stick It (2006) Movie Poster

Stick It (2006) Movie Poster

Stick It, relased in 2006, is a teen comedy-drama about a rebellious teenager forced to return to the world of gymnastics.

Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) is a former champion gymnast, disgraced out of the sport for letting down her team at a crucial competiton. The rebellious young woman forced to once again eneter the regimental field of gymnastics after problem with the law. The judge trying her case sentences her to her ultimate punishment, attending a renowned gymnastics academy run by coaching veteran Burt Vickerman, played by Jeff Bridges.

It’s your regular sports movies but it does do new things with the genre, partly because of the sport involved, and partly through the unconventional reactions of the character to otherwise cliche situations.

Worth a watch, with good doses of sporting red.