Those of you who followed at my other blog know that I like to take photos. I am fortunate that my boyfriends dad is a photographer and has been for decades so we have access to great photography equipment. He gave us an amazing little camera that he used for his personal use as it is a good camera but not as cumbersome as needing different lenses, flashes ect. and weighing twenty pounds like his other more expensive ones are. Don’t ask me the specs as I don’t know, but it takes really clear pictures in any condition. We also have his old professional camera that is just ridiculous and three lenses, but I prefer the simplicity of the point and shoot.
Anyway, by no means have I ever een delusional enough to believe I am actually a photographer but I did get one of my photos published on another website. Granted, anyone who submits gets published but I still feel a bit of pride at having someone else enjoy my photo.
Broken Light: A Photography Collective is a collection of submitted photos on the subject of mental illness. There are people from all walks of life, and photos from around the world. Some are inspirational, some are thought-provoking, others simply beautiful but what they all have in common is that they were shot, submitted and appreciated by people with a mental illness. It is an inspiring site and I really hope all my readers will head over and check out some of the photos and stories.
I am proud to say that my photo and bio was featured there today. Fractured is a photo from a series of boudoir-esque self portraits that I shot before my surgery last year. At the time I was thinking that I would never have a scar-free body again so I should capture it. Interestingly, there is only a shot or two of my back and there are bra elastic marks on my back I haven’t figured out how to get rid of. So I suppose the back scar doesn’t matter all that much anyway.
I feel like I should clarify, when I say boudoir-esque I don’t mean naked XXX shots. In fact, beyond seeing the top of my panties in a couple, they are all rather tame. There are no boob shots and I am not nude in any. 😛 They are cleaner than HBO.
Oh, and although I really don’t feel like I have to say this but… I won’t be silly enough to post them to Facebook or sext them to my boyfriend. (Even if I did have a cell phone 😛 ) But I will share one unedited (other than the face blur) here just to put to rest any doubts about S. taking pornographic photos. This is the ‘raciest’ one, if you can even call it that with what is on the cover of magazines today. Really, they were more to make myself feel better about how I look and to commemorate my pre-surgery body. I was in the best shape it has been in my adult life!
Let me know what you think?
Click on the photo to view it larger on the Broken Light site.