Our guest photographer today is the talented Sarah Allegra. Her photos feature a mix of myth and magic, storytelling and archetypal imagery. They remind me of books I’ve read or songs I’ve heard. They exemplify emotional states and communicate layers of meaning. Best of all, Sarah works on a tight budget and must rely on finding thrifted or secondhand goods to create her works. She also deals with chronic illness and is an inspiration for others to keep creating. Check out her portfolio, blog, and twitter stream for more. (Her website features some nudity, so keep that in mind if it’s not appropriate for little ones or at the workplace.)
As a shy, reserved introvert, art is a vital way for me to express myself in ways I would never be able to otherwise. It allows me to create characters, stories and whole worlds. Perhaps even more preciously, it allows me to tell my own story… often through layers of metaphor and symbolism, but my story nonetheless. Thrifting is one more tool in my arsenal that allows me to tell these stories now instead of waiting until I’m a rich, famous photographer. And honestly? I love the thrill of hunting for that perfect item to complete a photo. The finished image will feel so much more meaningful to me because of the work and struggle I put into it. Other peoples’ discarded items become the crowning jewels for the telling of my stories.
Interested in being a guest photographer? Email me! What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further. Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodnesshere.
muffpunch Just shamed a guy into cleaning up his dog’s crap, so I really feel like I accomplished something today.
mundxanth I hear voices at work sometimes, but I usually hang up on them and they stop talking.
eareeve I just destroyed that whole pizza but he was asking for it.
ecareyo I think we really hit a turning point in our juice cleanse when we started seeing flies everywhere. That was wonderful.
introvertedwife The finches are at war with the robins over a nest. It’s like westside story but with slightly less dancing.
WilliamAder American Airlines grounding all flights until 5pm over “computer problems.” Damn you, Adobe Update. Damn you!
introvertedwife People decrying same sex relationships as unrealistic in a game full of elves and dragons. *headdesk*
helgagrace In honor of National Library Workers Day, I am working at a library.
SquiggleJay A cool trick I can do is bend my spine into the shape of the letter z and get stuck like that all day.
hello_saylor I cried when I found napkins in my bag from the deli because that was so thoughtful of them and maybe I’m not handling stress well right now.
wordlust Sex is like chess. There’s always a horsey involved.
sbellelauren pajama pants are my favorite kind of giant napkin
runawaycupcake My kid is home sick today, so we’re going to have lots of fun quality time! jkjk I’m covered in snot and & want to escape.
wordlust “God moves in mysterious ways.” = “God is a fucking asshole.”
LouisPeitzman You always drop the ones you love. Sorry, phone, computer, bowl of oatmeal.
obi_ian_kenobi In a parallel universe bananas are slipping on human skins.
Home_Halfway “You’re a good bear. A very handsome bear. You have very strong claws!”~Things you’ll hear at my new business ‘Build-A-Bear-Up-Emotionally’
johnmoe Found a spare antidepressant in my pocket. Threw it into a snowbank. Hoped.
JenO_Eh I’ve had a voice message on my phone for about 3 months. I hope it wasn’t urgent.
josephesque If you think pizza for breakfast is a bad idea, there’s a 100% chance I think you are a bad idea.
Widgett An arms race between Google and hackers will lead us from two-step verification to Dance Dance Revolution Verification.
rikpayne Do tight lips float ships?
alexanderchee If you watch Game of Thrones and Mad Men on the same night, they’re not so different.
iboudreau Theory: There is no vegan dish that couldn’t be made better by being not vegan.
iboudreau Another theory: Dirt is a mixture of really really small rocks and bug poop.
ErockGasoline Oh no! I just realized I’m a total weirdo.
stevelibrarian Watching Fresh Beat Band makes me doubt God’s existence.
bucmachine God doesn’t even have a pilot’s license for fuck sakes.
danieleastman Church doesn’t count if you drive a convertible into the parking lot blasting Foreigner. But it is about the coolest thing you can do.
itsWillyFerrell 1) Go to Ikea. 2) Hide in a wardrobe. 3) Wait for someone to open it. 4) Yell, “WELCOME TO NARNIA!
kamiekaymee It takes forever for my cat to clean me!
VaguelyFunnyDan “Seriously, antiperspirants give you Alzheimer’s. You forget your name. Forget to eat…At any rate, (raises glass) to the bride and groom”
SwoonTwang I ain’t afraid of no goats.
Disalmanac REMINDER: Watch people dancing like no one’s watching you watch people dancing.
jnomina All the cool birds are hanging out at my neighbor’s house even though I bought the expensive bird seed. Feels like high school.
leahashley My child just licked my hand for no reason. They don’t tell you about these things in the parenting books.
murtaugh Awake before the coffee shop. So this is purgatory.
Sherman_Alexie I’m considering getting a tramp stamp tattoo of William Shakespeare’s face.
iAmDelFreaky I opened a kiosk in the mall for free massages, but every time they realize that I’m the one getting the massage, they get angry & leave :'(
biorhythmist My job at the olfactory stinks.
usedwigs One last glass before you pass so finish your kale juice my dear… Cleansing Time… you don’t have to go home but you can’t cleanse here
drewtoothpaste Just had the realization that parents aren’t MISSPELLING their kid’s names – they are ensuring Googleability of their children.
GrumppyCat If you were a cookie, you’d be a whoreo.
WilliamAder Sorry for the misunderstanding; that was my inhaler in my pocket.
JohnJFrusciante Someday I hope to pass my social media presence on to my children.
Scott_Losse I’m rubber, you’re glue, everything you say genuinely hurts my feelings even if you didn’t mean for it to. I obsess about it for days.
prodigalsam Don’t mean to brag, but no one turns a handshake into a hug as awkwardly as I do.
MassageByTed I don’t know about you, but I’m getting naked, stealing a school bus, and driving it into a pond before Obama makes that illegal, too.
MrWordsWorth Taco Bell promising more nutritious food by 2020. Essentially, they’re going to add more lettuce to their meals.
jerryrenek I just spotted a Saab without a Coexist sticker. The FBI has been notified.
TheBloggess Movers: Lady, you are a saint. Me: Why? Movers: For letting your husband put all this weird taxidermy everywhere. Me: Oh.
shariv67 Let he who is without haters, cast the first burn.
ryankresse I once read something on the Internet that was outside my purview. It was horrible.
StephenAtHome If we took all the guns out of video games, Oregon Trail would just be about some poor family dying of dysentery while their oxen drown.
anomicman How hard can you play drums in your steering wheel before the airbag goes of? Asking foOOOOFFFFFHHH
shariv67 Gonna change my user name to Nobody, so people will be happy when they find out “Nobody unfollowed you.”
shariv67 It’s gotten to the point that faking my own death is looking like a viable alternative to doing my taxes.
owlparliament heavy with the chocolate chips in every recipe because yolo
colleenw Does anybody else think that Jessica Fletcher is Stephen King’s neighbor?
vladchoc Damn, girl. You must be an unopened Earthworm Jim figurine because my mom says playing with you would significantly decrease your value.
MissLiterati Dear Millionaires, if you don’t have a bookshelf that spins into another room, give us your money because you’re spending it wrong
slackmistress The best part of being me is that I never have to be married to me.
MassageByTed Never pass up the opportunity to compliment a man on his cravat, especially if he’s wearing a cravat.
AlexJamesFitz Hey, maybe it stands for Jar Jar Abrams #HorrifyingRealizations
michaelianblack Just hoping we don’t eventually find out Han Solo was named after the dog.
anomicman Me: Do you prefer a man with a beard? Her: Yes, I don’t like a woman with a beard.
pourmecoffee Clippy needs to say, “It looks like you’re writing a Manifesto. That’s weird. I’ve notified the police. Stay here until they come.”
iamsambee Whenever I put on my black leather gloves I do it with flair, like I’m about to go strangle someone on an episode of Murder She Wrote.
mikeleffingwell Why is “candyass” an insult? Asses are awesome and candy is delicious.
IdStandOnThat My cup runneth over so I stopped wearing one.
TheBosha I have sex so infrequently I may as well get super into Star Wars.
prodigalsam I feel like I’m always playing a game of how many carbs can I eat in a day.
hipstermermaid Simultaneous Facebook birthday alerts are fun notifications of people whose parents were getting it on at the same time.
librarianearp I’m a very busy lady, I’ve got more food to spill on myself.
Mortimusgerbil sometimes I think about scary things like what if I had twitter when I was a teenager
kelkulus My attempt to write from a woman’s perspective: “She carried her boobs to the station. ‘They’re staring at my boobs,’ she thought boobily.”
morninggloria America needs better Senator control.
Greeblemonkey Breaking: I have to do more work to get Sudafed than I do to buy a gun.
torgospizza What if every gay marriage came with a free gun? #compromise
calluptome Shorter, precise Ukraine version of the serenity prayer. In English: “Fuck this fucking bullshit.”
nayele18 If the fate of mankind depended upon me covering something in plastic wrap without struggling for 10 minutes, we’d all be fucked.
FlyoverJoel CNN: Our News Breaks So Fast You Won’t Even Realize It Never Happened.
BiIIMurray I dream to live in a world where I can politely get out of plans by saying, “I’m so sorry, but I just remembered I don’t want to”
TheSocialBrain People overestimate the enduring pleasure they will get from having more stuff. (This does not apply to books.)
AdamFlowers @MmeSurly I have been trolling myself since 1975
jerryrenek Flash flood warnings in Eastern Iowa. However, if you don’t believe in global warming, you are perfectly safe to go sit by a river.
dubouchet Don’t worry, whatever it is that you’re eating, it NEVER HAD ANY BONES. #KFC
Zaius13 I think the best way to handle any uncomfortable situation is to abruptly shout “Computer! End Program!”
What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further. Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodnesshere.