INSPIRATION VAULT: Happy Friday the 13th

I’m not normally one to subscribe to the whole ‘series of unfortunate events’ thing that seemingly goes superstitiously hand-in-mitten with today, that blackest and most haunted of days –  Friday the 13th.

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In fact, the number 13 is considered to symbolise good luck in witchcraft.  So where the bad-juju / Friday the 13th link came from, well who knows, probably some god-fearing anti-occult religious fanatics back in the dark days of christianity.  Some online enquiry may uncover the sordid truth! OR at least some interesting reasons as to the evolution to the whole charade.

According to the article below (source unknown), Friday the thirteenth is  Hangman’s day, Devil’s day, a time of witchery and unknown powers! A wild strangeness of uncanny witchery, the wanchancy call of Bad Luck.

Apparently, Friday mated with thirteen makes this a woeful day in the calendar of the superstitious.  Ogers are abroad, evil spirits, wicked ghosts!

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Not sure about wicked ghosts but I feel that upon reflection, something akin to bad luck has bestowed me today.

Seems a couple of foul events have come my way, namely a hefty parking fine; a holier-than-thou borderline traumatic health procedure, which saw me simultaneously going grey, sweating profusely and almost turning inside-out from the discomfort (I won’t go into detail); and a case of forgetful fog-brain this evening, when I left the car lights on and proceeded on my merry way indoors.  Thankfully, the battery was spared from going completely flat- the  mobile still starts. Thank you, kind and alert neighbour!

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So the parking fine I guess is the biggest ache of the day, and definitely a sign of BAD JUJU.  I swear I never EVER saw a sign saying ‘no parking’ (and I’m generally pretty vigilant with this sort of thing). In fact, I’m darn right certain that if I go back tomorrow or the next day, there will be no such sign. I will take photographic evidence of this, to support the succinct yet well-crafted letter I will send to the shire, stickin’ it to the man and challenging the $140 they claim I owe them. Purely for the privilege of parking on dingy Sydney Road, because there was nowhere else in the general vicinity to park (seriously, there was NADA – I did three laps around the block). I’m tempted next time to just ride my bike, crappy Antarctic weather and all.

The thing that irritates me most, is that the reason I was parked there was for the aforementioned ‘health appointment’, which will not be detailed at this stage in time. No, I am still a little fragile and recovering from the general sense of ‘ickiness’ and weirdness – and I don’t think I’m ready to divulge that much info to my sparse but probably curious readership.

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My argument, is my appointment was from 3 – 4pm. I got out to the car by 4.08pm at the latest.  Apparently, according to the ticket, I was parked in a zone that is deemed ‘a clearway’. Meaning that during certain times it can’t be parked in.  The fact that there were cars parked all up and down the strip where I parked, coupled with the lack of a sign, told my mind that it was oK to park there. There was also a car in the same spot until 30 seconds before I came along and opportunistically seized the space. Which seems to make me wonder…..perhaps it was a clearway after 4pm? When peak hour starts. Would make sense right?  In which case I had been parked there a measly 8 minutes into the time it became a NO parking area. May not have been, but seems to make sense given the lack of signage- probably one of those things you are just supposed to have ‘local knowledge’ of!

If this is the case, and it became a no-go zone from 4pm, then, well….balls! Pretty sucky given that the reason I was late was not an altogether pleasant one.   In either case, I’m going to appeal the bejesus out of that traffic council in the hope they may see my clarity of reasoning and have some compassion.  And in the process spare me of having to find a hundred and forty dollars, which could better be served paying my utilities or rent.

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The man of course, thinks I’m completely daft and that I’m wasting my time appealing.  Yep, I’m an idealist I know, but nothing ventured nothing gained. I sure as hell ain’t going to be in any hurry to cough up over a hundred smackeroos for something I don’t think should have been served to me. Not without a fight. harumph.

Anyway, pretty small fry stuff in the scheme of things, and I’m sure by this time tomorrow it will be forgotten about and I will be done letting it affect me. I’m sure things could be a lot worse right now than a silly parking fine, and hazy, funny but weird memories of a health procedure that was less than frolic in the daisies-like fun.

In the spirit of Friday the 13th, and in veering this post desperately back to its original premise, I bring you a series of images from a shoot  for Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia  in November last year,  ‘Dark Romance‘.

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I stumbled across this talented photographer this afternoon in my web adventures. Her name? Nicoline Patricia Malina.

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The shoot is deliciously dark, gothic-overtoned, moody and skull-and-skeleton-laden. Perfect Friday the 13th creepshow fodder.

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Rich colors and impeccable sense of details dominate the scene, combined with raw and cinematic black and white.   And glitter skulls!! (sigh)

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The shots are magnificent, a really nice balance of dark and light.  Whilst I wouldn’t mind seeing them pushed to an even darker spectrum (they’re quite light feeling to me at least), they’re meticulously styled and shot, with a beautiful fairytale-like aesthetic….A little noir Alice In Wonderland, if you will.  I love that the two skulls in the foreground in the last frame seem to be engaging in some kinda strange, cheeky, bitey foreplay/ kissing game.  Or is that just my weird interpretation? Ahem.

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Happy Friday the 13th, and hope your luck is running smoothly petals! Tread careful.

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Enjoy my pretties!

Love like blood,

x DS

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