Gesture Studies with Windsock Model

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Sky Star Pose

Near the beginning of an extended walk last November, I became transfixed by a tall flapping windsock outside a bakery. I ended up taking over seventy pictures of the wind-animated figure, and each one had a different pose. It was like receiving a free art class on the topic of gesture studies!

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Smiling with Abandon into the Beyond
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Drop Me in the River

It’s astonishing how expressive fabric can be when it composes a long tube for the body, two hollow arms, and a head with strips of black cloth for hair. The different angles of the head and arms as well as various bends in the body’s “spine” gave strong impressions of joy, fatigue, despair, sass, embarrassment, playfulness, surrender, overwhelm, triumph, and humor.

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Bliss Float
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The Stretch Just After Waking

I managed to reduce the number of pictures by more than half, but I still need to ask viewers’ indulgence for the quantity of images posted here. (Sending a big thank you to Veronica Paloma for her thoughtful comments on these photos when I first posted them on Facebook last fall and for providing ideas for the titles “Bliss Float,” “Cheerleader,” and “Responding to the Latin Beat.”)

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Freedom to Be a Willow
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Salute to Freedom
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Taken Way Aback
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Shy Greeting
Overcome by the Giggles
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Marching Just Because I Want to March in the Wind
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Don’t Underestimate My Biceps Just Because I Am a Windsock. I Will Flex at You Until You Are Convinced!
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You Rang?
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Fetch Me My Fainting Couch!
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Horizontal Rocket Launch
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Temporary Lack of Insight
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Be Still My Hollow Heart!
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Windsock Means Business
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My Apologies
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Cheerleader
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Responding to the Call of the Salsa Beat
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Fill the Frame with Joy
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Awkward Conversation
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I Wish I Could Complete This Cartwheel
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Defiantly Awkward
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Gracious Welcome
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This Trampoline Is Awesome!
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Blown Back by a Temporary Obstacle
Victory

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