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Sunrise in the Park: Thinking About Lingerie Things

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One of the things I love most about living in Seattle is the scenery. The entire Pacific Northwest is gorgeous, but in Seattle, we're quite literally surrounded by mountains and forests and lakes. Mount Rainer dominates the landscape, but you can really look in most any direction for a beautiful view. I honestly feel spoiled here, and if I ever move, I'm sure the vistas will be one of the things I miss most (right up there with cheap Pacific oysters and Nordstrom's flagship store).

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Not too far away from me is a public park, and I often walk there during the day to unwind. There's something so peaceful, so meditative, about being outdoors, especially during our magnificent summers. I wanted to capture a bit of that feeling, that sensation of being away, even if you're in a big city, that a park can provide. Paul (POC Photo) and I took these images at sunrise, before the park became busy. I'm wearing a robe by Between the Sheets Lingerie, and a romper by The Lake and Stars.

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I also wanted to share some photos that felt and looked a bit more natural. For me, because TLA isn't really about pictures of me, photoshoots are something fun, a way to style a few rarely-worn pieces and pretend to be someone I'm not (a glamorous woman with impeccable hair and makeup). Yet, on an everyday basis, when I'm at home, this is how I look. And this is how I like to look. Every scar, every stretch mark, even my untamed brows and overdeveloped jaw (thanks, TMJ!)... that's all me, and I'm happy with it. But it inevitably feels a little vulnerable to share such unstylized photos here. Fashion, especially lingerie, is all about a fantasy, or, to get a little out there for a minute, a hyperreality. Even if you feel good about yourself, there's this constant idea that your public face should be "more." More than what's even achievable in reality, if possible. But I may be going off on a tangent here....

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I have a couple of other shoots coming up from my trip to London, and those are quite a bit fancier with the requisite makeup and hair. And I'm looking forward to sharing those with you too because they're fun. It's like playing adult dress up, or putting on a disguise. They're a simulacrum of me, a hologram. And that's okay too because part of the pleasure of photography is playing with reality. But these pictures, sharing a little of what I love and where I live, are more personal. And we've known each other long enough to get a little personal.

I had some other thoughts I was going to share here, about the future of the blog most specifically, but since my coffee-deprived brain seems to be waxing philosophical, I think it's best to stop now. And since I don't really say it enough, thank you for being here and for reading TLA.


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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

6 Comments on this post

  1. Thursday says:

    These photos show a really different side to what we’ve seen before from your professional shoots, Cora. The scenery, the mood, the more casual styling, all come together to create something really lovely. I don’t feel like this is any more “authentic” a portrayal of your personality, because I believe most of us have multiple aspects to our personality and it is difficult to capture all facets in a single set of images. I think this is an addition to your portfolio that shows a different kind of fantasy (who wanders round the forest in their underthings?) and I look forward to the next installment.

    • Cora says:

      Hi Thursday! I always love reading your comments. :-)

      I like what you have to say about people having multiple aspects to their personality, and photography only capturing a part of it. Now that I’ve had a few days since writing this post, I agree with you, and I was thinking much the same while typing a caption to one of my photos with Threnody in Velvet on Instagram. At first, I thought of this shoot as more natural (and, in some ways, it is perhaps closer to the day-to-day me in the sense that it’s near where I live and I’m not very stylized), but it’s also, in its own way, a particular kind of fantasy. I’m looking forward to exploring a bit more of that concept on the blog. Thanks again for stopping by.

  2. Melissa29 says:

    I love reading your blog! I remember when I was stationed in Bremerton, WA. I couldn’t wait to have time off to take the ferry to Seattle. The scenery is beautiful and the weather to me was perfect besides the rain. Your pictures are beautiful Cora!

  3. Krista says:

    These are gorgeous photos!

  4. Lis says:

    This is a lovely post, and your photos are so beautiful. It is interesting to me what you say about fashion and lingerie being about fantasy. I think that fashion, lingerie, and also photography can show a part of reality that perhaps we do not normally see. For example, a picture can draw the viewer’s eye to a detail that may often be overlooked. Similarly, lingerie can be used to express a part of oneself that may typically be kept hidden. In either case it is perhaps not an accurate representation of the world as it is normally viewed, but I would argue that it is no less real.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing, and for all the wonderful work you do with this blog. Very much appreciated.

    • Cora says:

      This is beautiful. Learning about what other people see in a photograph or in intimates is endlessly interesting to me. Thank you for sharing. :-)

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