More Barefoot Justine Pics…

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Haley Stracher has been taking tons of lovely pictures of me for her assignment, and I plan to upload my favorites… she takes hundreds of photos, so there are plenty to choose from.

So, why all the pictures? Because I need a reminder that I’m OK; because I have waited a long time to see myself in this light; because some people want to see them. Of course, those of you who don’t need to see them… it’s pretty easy not to look, so as far as I’m concerned, this is harmless fun, so plenty more where these came from.

I plan to create a gallery featuring the very best of these once she is done shooting. Check Haley’s stuff out here: wix.com/haleys728/1 and note that I chose these ’cause I like myself in them, these pics are, again, unedited, never retouched, and totally raw from her camera, she may have picked photos that pleased her more as a photographer, these pics were solely my choice.

My altars are before me, Shiva, Durga, and Ganesh.

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen bowing before Lord Ganesh

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen bowing before Lord Ganesh

Meditative pose… and me looking like my Aunt Sharon!

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen meditating

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen meditating

Me at home…

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen always barefoot

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen always barefoot

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen happy at home

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen happy at home

Working at SAW (Sequential Artists Workshop), barefoot, of course (see other pics, too).

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen at SAW working

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen at SAW working


(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen barefoot at work

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen barefoot at work

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen at work teaching

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen at work teaching

And more climbing pics… again, my room below and behind me.

Treetop (Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen

Treetop (Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen

Treetop (Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen 2

Treetop (Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen 2

Treetop (Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen 3

Treetop (Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen 3

By and on Newnan’s Lake…

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen lakeside

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen lakeside

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen on the water

(Barefoot) Justine Mara Andersen on the water

If you dig these… more to come, if not… a lot more to ignore!

4 responses »

  1. i envy you, justine. where do you live? i wish i could go barefoot everywhere, like you!!?? i am a parts model(hands and feet)> i haven,t developed the courage to go barefooted in public much, yet!!?? can you help with some pointers?? i am positive my feet are tender.

    • Scotty… that is a BIG request. Well, the first step would be to pick a nice safe outing, say for example a park for an easy nature hike, try doing it without taking any shoes along at all… learn to separate yourself from your shoes, even if for brief outings. That will provide a safe starting point, see how you like it. I think the key is to leave the shoes at home just to really “FEEL IT!” If your feet are tender, no time like the coming spring and summer to get started! Keep care of your feet, lotion, drink water (this keeps your soles and heels supple). Take it a step at a time, get back with me after you’ve tried this. Another possibility is to leave your shoes at home on a safe and easy hang out session with friends. I, by the way, live in Florida, but had lived in Ohio, and managed a couple very long Ohio winters barefoot! Keep in mind, your feet are capable of a lot more than people realize, but you must be vigilant, just keep your eyes open, feel, be mindful, and most importantly enjoy it! Barefooting is nothing to worry about if you are attentive.

      • I have to disagree with the lotion, though. It seems better to keep the soles as dry as possible, no matter how rough the soles may get, as long as there isn’t any cracking (especially in the ridge behind the heel that occurs from going barefoot). Lotioning might undo some of the toughness developed, since it’s softening the tough sole? The sole will still become leathery enough on its own.

        • I think we all have different body chemistries, and I think some of us are more dry-skinned than others. I have dry skin, and I find I need to lotion my feet, hands, and I moisturize my face twice daily. All I know regarding lotioning feet is that I’m barefoot every moment of every day, so I go with what I have learned works for me.

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