Posted: 11/07/2016 at 18:21
Hi everyone - we got back from Hull earlier this afternoon.
Columba - presume you've Googled "Sea Of Hull" by now and are no longer wondering what I've been up to?
Exhausted - am guessing you've also Googled "Sea Of Hull" by now?
Red - I need an excuse for getting my kit off? When you posted (6:30am) we had already done two of the photos and were wandering along to the third location
HS - sorry to hear about your laptop "freezing". Presume you've tried the "switch it off and on again" routine? Interesting to hear Mara got you using muscles you had been neglecting. More time for you in the dentist's chair - uurgh.
To clarify and answer questions some of you had ..
We registered at 3:00am and were given tubs of 'body paint' (not actual paint - more like coloured cold cream) which was one of four different colours. After quite a bit of waiting around and some introductions/instructions we were finally given the order to strip off and colour ourselves at around 4:30am and suddenly there were naked bodies everywhere!
We had to cover every inch of ourselves from head to toe including our hair. That meant the inside of our ears as well as our underarms and soles of our feet. And naturally also meant you had to colour between your legs and buttocks and do your 'bits' too (possibly slightly easier for the ladies?). Red mentioned every orifice had to be coloured - it wasn't quite that drastic but you had to ensure there was no skin showing so people acted as 'spotters' for each other and also helped cover areas difficult to reach like the top of your back.
Then we were off and it was a surreal sight seeing all the 'alien' looking bodies (strange the effect the body paint had) and walked between the various locations and at various points stood, sat down and laid down in the street as instructed by Spencer Tunick and his team of assistants.
By the time of the last location shoot Margaret and I were feeling the cold. We headed back to the gardens to retrieve our clothes and walking hand-in-hand down the main streets of Hull, naked except for a covering of body paint was a strange experience. But we'd been naked for almost four hours by then and it didn't feel at all odd (which may sound odd in itself).
I managed to meet Ruth at registration but they got assigned different colours to us. I saw the photo of Ruth and her hubby on the bridge that Red mentioned - I've searched around a lot but not spotted myself yet. I may have to wait for the exhibition next year. Ruth was more of a greeny-blue colour and was having problems getting rid of it. Ours was more of a lilac-blue colour and washed out easily - though I noticed I still have some inside one of my ears and on my toenails.