Here’s a Sunday treat for you. The first ever RLRA to come off the RAPS Inc. production line.
Tbh, I had my reservations about making a RLRA RAPS. So far all the shrines have been made for fictional chaRActers. And that is what my project is – a shrine for all chaRActers. Granted, they (the chaRActers) have been created by a real person, and he’s very much
exposed enshrined in them. With the perpetual self-analysis in regards to fangirling going on, a shrine that celebrates a *real* person just seemed too close to the bone, I suppose. But hell, the shrines are not mine, I am just following the orders of the “Sisterhood of the Travelling Shrine” (credit for the coinage goes to Kathy Jones).
Lovely commentator Linda60 has had a shrine coming to her for a long time. Ever since Linda was gracious enough to let me meet up with her, Judit and Agzy in London for the first Hobbit Premiere (2012), we have been in touch. And we have met in RL a couple of times when I happened to visit the city she lives in. She has always been more than generous, inviting me to see plays in the theatre, and it was time to repay the favours. Like a few others, Linda had trouble deciding on a chaRActer. Said she (translated by me)
“The starting point was Mr Thornton. Guy of Gisborne was to die for. Lucas. A beautiful man. A *very* beautiful man. Lost soul. I’d take John Porter, too – *that* physical presence… And John Standring, an all-time favourite. Even Lee, playing spin the bottle. Or Thorin, a good one.”
So I blame it all on her *ggg* and present you the first ever RLRA RAPS. Small – but deep!
Very mean of me, but in order to justify the whole objectification of a RLP in a shrine, I chose the smallest tin available. I kind of shot myself in my own foot with that decision, however. Because the design I had settled on proved to be fiddlier than fiddly…
I am a great fan of the Blair Mezibov photos (artsier than most of the other RA images). And the 3D aspect of this image has always fascinated me, so I decided to recreate that and add some depth by cutting out three scaled versions of the image. There is RA, casually leaning in a doorframe. For a second focal point in the distance I decided to bend the time and space continuum and stick another RA in.
Slightly better view with the disco ball out of the way.
As Linda had been by my side when I photographed at the Berlin Premiere, I thought she wouldn’t mind my own image in the tin. It is, after all, a Guylty Original *ggg*. And hopefully the image will bring back her own memories of the occasion when she looks at it.
Ooops, I forgot the candle. But there is a slot for it in the shrine – just one, wouldn’t want to overpower the little shrine with too much…
So there, RLRA in a box. With a flower in his hair. Cutietage? Let me know what you think
or whether I need to seek therapy.