Week 13/52 : Happy Easter

I almost wasn’t able to post this in time because PLDT is acting up again. It took me about 15 tries before I was able to log in to Flickr today.  Hopefully they’ll fix that soon.

Anyway, I was trying to come up with an idea for my self portrait yesterday when a delivery man arrived at our house with a box full of eggs. I figured since Easter was coming up, I might as well use them.

Thank you to my sister for helping me with this.  I asked her to hold the eggs at first while I took pictures, but she had a hard time keeping them in place without her hand taking up half the photo, so we switched.  I wasn’t sure how this would turn out while we were shooting, but I really like the final image.

Week 10/52 : Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay

Uploading this a little late. Although to be fair I shot this on Saturday and edited it on Sunday. I wasn’t completely satisfied with how I edited it so I kept playing around with it. I’m still not that pleased with it but it will have to do. I do like how my “dress” looks in this shot though. I put “dress” in quotation marks because it’s actually just a white top and a long piece of white fabric. I shot this in front of our house so I would have more space to spread the “skirt” out, but that didn’t turn out too well because it was so windy. In the end I just held the fabric in place and pieced the skirt together in Photoshop. (Aside from the wind, I also had a problem with passersby giving me weird stares while I was shooting this. There was this one guy on a motorcycle who must have driven past me at least 3 times while I was shooting. He probably thought I was crazy.)

The quote I used for my title was by the Dalai Lama XIV, and the lovely birds were from wolverine041269 on deviantArt. They were pre-cut too! :D

Week 6/52 : Happy hearts day

(Belated) Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope your day was filled with lots of love, whether it be romantic or not :) I spent my day with family and Ckloy so I know that I was surrounded by people who love and care for me. My aunt and uncle are visiting from California so we took them to Liliw to go tsinelas shopping. The trip was for their benefit but I think I enjoyed myself as much as they did. After all, what girl doesn’t enjoy a good shoe shopping adventure. I ended up buying 3 new pairs of shoes for a great deal. Then, later that evening we had a nice dinner at Palaisdaan, and when we got home, Ckloy and I spent the rest of the night playing Summoners War together. Shoes, good food and video games with the people I love – I can’t ask for anything better than that :D

Week 3/52 : I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions

The quote in my title is by Augusten Burroughs.  I can’t remember where I read it, but I do remember thinking that I definitely had to make a self portrait inspired by it because I loved it so much. I actually planned this self portrait last year, but I never got around to it. Fortunately, I had a little time this week to shoot and edit.

I had to Google some images of sutures/medical stitches to use as reference for this picture. I’ve never had stitches before, and I’m praying that I would never have to. I’m absolutely terrified of needles (and blood). While I was browsing through the photos I found, I could feel myself getting light headed because the sight of the stitches freaked me out so much T__T

Week 48/52 : Make your own rainbows

I meant to post this last week, right after Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit left the Philippines. I think all our prayers worked and we were able to avoid major devastation this time, phew~

Anyway, the reason I didn’t upload this immediately was because I wasn’t happy with the final image. I played around with it some more on Photoshop today and it looks a little better. I’m still a little unsure about the blending around the paintbrush, but I figured I should just upload it and move on to my next self portrait.

Paint brush stock  HERE.

Week 47/52 : Eighty Eight

I was able to squeeze in this simple photomanipulation in between checking exams and reports last week. I had a difficult time with the blending in this one, but I think the final image looks okay. I’m still not completely satisfied with the shadows on my feet though.

I only have 5 more self portraits left for my 52-week project this 2014. I’m confident that I’ll be able to complete them in time since I’m done with all exams and checking. I only need to finalize my grades, submit them, and my semester is finished :D I keep reminding myself to be extra careful in my computations so I won’t have to go through the grueling process of requesting a change of grade from the university. I almost made a huge mistake the other day but fortunately one of my students caught the error and notified me immediately. Phew~

In case you’re wondering about the title, that’s how many keys there are on a standard piano.


Week 44/52 : I know what it’s like to be afraid of your own mind

(Quote is by Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds)

This image was partly inspired by the book Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters. It’s a very dark and disturbing book, and I probably won’t be reading the second one in the series. Not because it’s bad or anything, I just prefer novels with a lighter plot. But the book did leave a very strong impression on me (probably because I haven’t read many others like it). It’s about a girl who goes to Mexico with her boyfriend, where she ends up kidnapped and sold as a sex slave.

Here’s an excerpt from a summary I found on Goodreads:

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Like I said, the story’s a little disturbing, but its written beautifully and it will definitely stick with me for a long time.

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