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akhtarkhan April 07, 2012
Cool capture, superb edit and awesome detail explanation for image and beautiful body in relation to disease and protection......very creative thinking...well done!
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Toddo101 April 07, 2012
Amazing photograph!
 
DersimAras April 08, 2012
very nice!
 
Coomanator June 27, 2012
Wow! This is amazing work and a beautiful photograph. A triple threat, creative, talented and beautiful. Congratulations on the Curator's Choice award. This artistic self portrait truly deserves it.
 
MichelleAnnHarrison June 27, 2012
Congratulations
 
tsambaproductions June 27, 2012
congrats
 
melissajbanks June 27, 2012
Wow, I bet it was difficult to edit, but you have done an awesome job! Love it, congratulations!
 
eddieperry September 13, 2012
Incredible edit
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jimmoon_8772 September 28, 2012
The photo enhances the story line.
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JCHolder October 06, 2012
Great work. Very nice job on the post-processing!
 
rabbottbrailey October 12, 2012
Well done! You focus very much on the female form, and reference Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am interested to read more about your choices, and your art.
 
leighjg October 12, 2012
stunning stuff!!!
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gappman November 16, 2012
Just brilliant!
 
melissa3339 November 29, 2012
Very creative and well thought out. Great job! Love the story behind it! Congrats!
 
grunt16 December 20, 2012
Nice image Well done
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Christographer January 30, 2013
Superb!
 
bbk February 27, 2013
You do awesome work, hard to pick any just one picture to comment on so I like them all.You show great imagination, choice of poses.Your work is beautiful.Great job of editing.Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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charlena March 11, 2013
absolutely love this, you keep on creating, I am excited to see what else you imagine to paper!
 
dannygraham March 26, 2013
you have such interesting vision
 
CecilyH June 02, 2013
This is gorgeous and I love the idea behind it, very nicely done :)
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scruffyherbert June 02, 2013
Very, very striking.
 
dannygraham August 28, 2013
this is sick
 
frozenmomentz November 16, 2013
Due to the beauty, the message and the fact that my wife suffers from this I just cried........TRULY AMAZING
 
frozenmomentz November 16, 2013
Due to the beauty, the message and the fact that my wife suffers from this I just cried........TRULY AMAZING
 
rorywilson January 13, 2014
WOW! WOW! WOW! I dont know what else to say, WOW!!!!
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BruceTighe April 02, 2014
different! Nice shading.
 
Capture_This September 24, 2014
great idea, and creativity. Excellent choice
 
paulellison January 01, 2015
very impressive
 
Milletoutdoorphotography January 22, 2015
sick photo
 
DeadlyCreative March 23, 2015
This is amazing! Your entire series is beautiful and very powerful.
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KenBrakefield April 09, 2015
Amazing image and edit.
 
puckons April 13, 2015
cool, good realisation
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tetvet September 29, 2015
great job, like the tint and the idea
 
pietnel April 13, 2016
stunning
 
NickEggert November 18, 2016
unbelievable!
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Kitsea February 23, 2017
I keep finding your images in the contests. You have a style that really stands out. I wish you were local and in our camera club so we could talk. I love your work.
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sarahallegra March 07, 2017
Why thank you! I really appreciate your kind words :)
 
meganholman March 13, 2017
I LOVE this so much, superb edit. it describes CFS so well, truly beautiful and poetic
 
Maiemyphoto July 06, 2017
very great !!
 
Hydraulic_Designs February 14, 2018
Crazy and awesome all at the same time

Exoskeletonation



This is another self portrait which belongs in my Enchanted Sleep series on Chronic Fatigue.

Since the general thought at this point is that CFS is...
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This is another self portrait which belongs in my Enchanted Sleep series on Chronic Fatigue.

Since the general thought at this point is that CFS is an auto-immune disease, I wanted to take a photo that showed the body both trying to protect itself and attacking itself at the same time. The metal bars spring up, a cage grows, but she is confined to the cage her body creates. Within the center of the cage, flowers begin to wilt, signifying the tole this is taking on her.

This was quite difficult to edit, but I'm very happy with how it turned out :)
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Behind The Lens

Location
I shot this self portait inside my home in Los Angeles, CA.
Time
It was about 11am. None of the natural light outside made its way inside so it didn't really matter when I chose to photograph this.
Lighting
I used a couple continuous hot lights, one on each side of me; a pretty basic setup!
Equipment
A Nikon D5100, an old 35-70mm kit lens, a tripod and a remote shutter release.
Inspiration
I have a little-known neurological disease called myalgic encephalomyelitis; sometimes also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or fibromyalgia in the USA. It causes constant exhaustion and pain, and I often find myself feeling trapped inside the prison of my body. I didn't want this to feel completely without hope though; the flowers and wilted, but not dead yet.
Editing
Yes, a lot! I had to adjust every single prong of the iron cage prop I was using, bending it, then making it appear that the bars were borrowing under my skin. I added more iron bars over my body as I saw fit to show that this was a problem effecting my entire body. I added in the flowers underneath the cage from a separate frame, and did the same with the petals dropping from my hand. A great deal of color and light adjustments were done, and I added some light textures on top to finish it off.
In my camera bag
A Nikon D5100, a 50mm 1.8 lens, an old 35-70mm kit zoom lens, a lightweight, collapsible tripod, several cheap remote shutter releases and some snacks! You never know when your or your model's blood sugar might get low.
Feedback
Have a vision and be patient! The post work on this took weeks and weeks to do. I was extremely happy with the results and this is still one of my favorite images, but make sure you give your image however long it needs to come to life. Using personal problems for you is often very effective in photographs. Not only is it therapeutic for you, but it tends to engage your audience in a deeper way. Don't be afraid to let yourself be a bit vulnerable in your images!

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