cropped outtake from "far away" (femme vérité cinemascape series)
Found myself at a wonderful isolated (not like many places up here aren't) spot this evening for a new shot from the new femme vérité cinemascape series and was confronted by an issue that I am going to have to get used to.
Out in the middle of nowhere on this desolate snow covered road at dusk I set up my camera, crawled back into the warmth of my truck (there is no shoulder) and proceeded to get into character. Which as some of you may already know involves dressing like a total female... As I'm pulling up the ultra tight jeans I notice a subaru in my rear view mirror pulling over behind me. At this point my bra and breasts are on, belly shirt and pants as well. No time to switch back. So I flip the wig on and get out of the car and pretend to fidget with my camera bag. The driver of the car was another photographer. An older gentleman of the fine art landscape variety. He laughed and said he thought he'd be shooting alone tonight. I sort of laughed and was thinking to myself "I sure as fuck was hoping so!".
I found myself not being able to really make conversation or much eye contact at all. I froze up. I just mumbled a bit and went about pretending to rummage through my gear. He eventually assumed he was interupting my "space" or something and said he was going down the road a bit to a different spot, to which I mumbled some thing like "yeah, looks nice down there". Then he left and drove on.
I'm not exactly sure how to handle that situation in the future? An assistant could probably break the ice or distract, but alone, I wasn't sure what would have been more uncomfortable... facing him and in my normal manly voice just say "hey, how's it going man?" and then somehow mention how he might think it odd coming across a crossdressing photographer in the middle of nowhere, but I'm actually in costume for my misc-en-scene style photography? Or actually try to pretend I'm a girl and try to put on a female voice, which I'm sure would have been the dumbest idea of the two and would have made things all the more ridiculous.
Either way, I should get used to the idea of interacting in my new role when in costume and figure out the best immediate approach to take to the situation?