Tried to convince E, my bestie, and the boyfriend but to no avail. Until last week E emailed me and told me she had signed up. Saw him on the news and thought "why not?". Oh, I love her =)
So, leave application form in, 4 hours sleep on Sunday night, and off to E's house at 1:45am to pick her up and head on in to the city.
Myself and E before the 1st installation
I won't lie to you, the decision on to wax, or not to wax was pretty hard.... but I figured I didn't want to show EVERYTHING, so I left it..... as well as the makeup as you can see!!!
Everyone waiting outside before it begins - 3:30am
We got there early, and with another 500 people or so, waited around until we were told we could start to head on in to the area.... As we were in the first group of people, we were given a ticket for the installation inside the Opera House... unfortunately we were unable to do it as E had to get to work later =(
ticket for installation inside the Opera House
I may have kept the ticket as a memento.. we were supposed to give it to someone else. Whoops! But with more than double the amount of people there than they were expecting, I'm sure someone was more than happy to take my place =)
first lot of people - waiting to be told what to do
I was surprised at the fact that I was not nervous - at all. Not one iota. Not the night before, that morning, on the way, or even waiting. You would think once I saw the amount of people I would be. Nope!
"The Garden" - where we were moved to to wait -and keep our clothes
All in all, I feel completely liberated. It was so wonderful to see people of all ages, shapes, sizes, ethnicity and sexes and sexuality come together for art. We all want to be a part of history, and the enthusiasm showed. It wasn't sexual..... it was natural, artistic... to quote a participant from yesterday - it was tribal.
I'm not the biggest fan of my body -it's taken 28 years to not hate it. But I think I've come pretty far, being able to look at myself in the mirror, and well, have sex with the lights on (ha ha, sorry ladies). But this? This was a big thing..... getting naked in front of your boyfriend is one thing. 5000 others? James Mathieson?