A runner and a camera

When you have your portrait taken, normally your face is the main feature. However, since runners are so dependent on bipedalism, perhaps it’s natural to have portraits of our legs and leg parts.legs knees

Not often do you see a photo of just the knees. In most cases some kind of medical condition is being documented, I would guess. It’d be unusual to have something like this hanging on the wall of your house, but maybe I should do it anyway. What do you think?

My Achilles tendons are rarely photographed, so it was a special moment getting them in front of a camera, even though you can see a sock pattern imprinted on my skin.leg achille

My legs are nearly always photographed together, so a solo portrait of them turned into a wonderful moment. Each leg is a unique, fully individuated limb, not half of a two member team without self identity. Each has its special qualities beyond being just right and left.

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Though I’m very proud of my leg team, these photos are starting to creep me out. They look separated from my body. I believe in freedom and self-determination, but not for my legs. No way! I need them together and attached.leg both

There, I like the above photo better. Legs need to be side-by-side, operating as one unit. Forget what I wrote about being individuated and having self-identity.

I have slender feet and always my veins are raised and obvious. I don’t know if that’s a common feature among other people, but I’ve gotten comments about the same condition of my forearms and hands, and it’s not because I’m a weight-lifter. Perhaps because of my thinness, there’s little room in my limbs for all the stuff that’s supposed to be there.

You may notice that the right foot is slightly larger than the left.leg-feet

My foot started hurting the last time I ran – a couple weeks ago. The pain hasn’t eased and nor has the swelling, so I suspect a stress fracture. To the doctor I go next week, and my hopes for the Bloomsday 12k on May 4th? I’ve changed my role from participant to photographer/observer.

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