Week 52/52 : If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you

Ta-dah! Another 52-week project finished. Just in time too! Although I sort of cheated. I shot and edited this photo way back in October but I never got the chance to post it. Finally I decided that I would make it my final upload for 2015 since it seemed fitting. So much happened this past year! I look back at the start of 2015 and I can’t believe how much my life changed in a year. Some changes were bad, but most of them were good. I hope that 2016 will bring about many more awesome changes that will give me the chance to grow as an individual.

Butterflies are from here:

Week 48/52 : Chasing clouds

Another conceptual self portrait, yay~ I really missed doing these.

This was inspired by the thunderstorm we had last week. We pretty much had continuous rain everyday. It got so bad that the roads flooded, causing severe traffic where I live. I tried to defy Mother Nature last Saturday by trying to get to SM Calamba despite the heavy rain. As a result I almost got stranded due to all the flooding. I spent over an hour trying, and managed to cross three flooded areas before I gave up and decided to head back home. Of course that meant I had to pass through the floods I crossed earlier, and this time they were much deeper because the rain wouldn’t stop. I had to park on the side of the road and wait for a while because I knew my car wouldn’t make it through one of the areas. Fortunately traffic aids appeared after some time and started directing us to alternate routes, which meant that I was able to avoid two flooded areas and made it back home safely. Phew~ Lesson learned Mother Nature.

At least one good thing came out of my experience. It gave me the inspiration for this photo. Initially I wanted to do something related to rain, but I saw my white wig and the cloud idea came to me so I decided to shoot that instead :)

Week 47/52 : Paper doll

It’s been a while since my last conceptual self portrait, so I figured it’s about time I shot one of those. I love conceptual photography, unfortunately I’ve been a little short on ideas lately. I was browsing the net this morning trying to come up with something and this paper doll idea suddenly hit me. Shooting this was extremely easy, but making the doll clothes was a lot harder. I had to draw the clothes in Photoshop, print them, shoot them, and place them on top of a photo of me. But it’s all worth it because I love the final image :D

I’ve still got 5 self portraits to go before I complete this year’s project. Our Christmas break officially begun last Friday, so hopefully I’ll have plenty of time to shoot this week.

Week 39/52 : I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth … then I ask myself the same question

I meant to post this around Halloween, but I decided to post the other portrait of me holding a skull instead because it seemed more fitting.

I think everyone has wished that they could fly at one point in their life. I dream of it everyday, especially now with the worsening traffic situation here in the Philippines.

(Quote in the title is by Harun Yahya)

Stock credit

Week 38/52 : We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones

We visited cemeteries today and I brought back a little souvenir. Just kidding! The skull came from HERE. But we really did visit cemeteries today. I know it’s tradition to go on November 1, but we wanted to avoid the rush so we decided to go today. Tomorrow, instead of sitting around in traffic and battling the crowd, we get to stay home and rest, yay!

Happy Halloween everyone!

(Quote in my title is by Stephen King)

Week 34/52 : We sometimes think we want to disappear but all we really want to do is be found

I went through a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride this weekend. I had an unwelcome (and unexpected) encounter with someone I haven’t heard from for a while, and the person I did want to hear from went MIA for several days. I felt abandoned and mocked by the universe. This wasn’t helped by the fact that I had been marathoning The Fosters for the past few days, so my emotions were already on edge. I spent my weekend moping around and crying, not knowing if I was crying about Callie (from the show), or myself. But I feel a lot better now, and I was able to use my emotions to come up with a self portrait idea, so at least something good came out of it.

Week 32/52 : Bleed

Shot this self portrait last week. I had this image in my mind for a while now, so I figured I might as well try to execute it. It didn’t turn out exactly how I pictured it, but I do like the final result.

Taking self portraits like this makes me miss my sister even more. In the past it would have been so easy to ask her for help to get this low angle shot. But since she’s thousands of miles away now, I had to resort to using a shoe box and some remote controls we had lying around. And even then I had a hard time framing the shot, about 1/3 of them had my head cut off T__T