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Vanity's Murder



This self portrait is the most recent addition to my Enchanted Sleep series on living with myalgic encephalomyelitis-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This photo touch...
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This self portrait is the most recent addition to my Enchanted Sleep series on living with myalgic encephalomyelitis-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This photo touches on both the hair loss I was experiencing because of the disease, but in a larger sense represents all the things chronic illness takes from you. But it is not without hope, as I wanted the warm pinky colors to imply.


Yesterday marked my fifth anniversary of living with the disease, and as usual, I wrote blog post about it. I've also teamed up with a really amazing fundraiser trying to crowd-source funding for a drug that could be a potential game-changer for everyone with ME-CFS. As part of my effort in trying to aid their cause, I am holding a <b&bt;print giveaway<-b&bt;! Check my blog out for details on how to enter!





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27 Comments | Report
leighjg
 
leighjg May 28, 2013
your work is stunningly beautiful... love what you do
adoptedone
 
adoptedone July 09, 2013
Amazing work as always!
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lekahuie July 12, 2013
Very Very Creative! All your work are amazing...
readysetgo
 
readysetgo July 12, 2013
Great work, love it.
annalaviolamilo
 
annalaviolamilo August 09, 2013
Excellent. Love your work. The very best of creativity always comes from within, personal experiences. Very moving post. Wishing you the very best on whatever you embark on through life.
dannygraham
 
dannygraham August 28, 2013
well done i love your photo editing abilities
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SherranAndersen September 02, 2013
Congrats.
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ArtQ September 03, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Photoshop World Las Vegas Contest.
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snowdon September 04, 2013
Congratulations on being judged a finalist in Photoshop World Contest. Good imagination put into practice.
Steveilad
 
Steveilad September 08, 2013
Outstanding work
ToneZone
 
ToneZone September 09, 2013
Your work is creative and very interesting. I am happy that you are taking initiative with your health and not allowing the disease to run your life.
jleiweke
 
jleiweke October 02, 2013
Congrats!
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions October 02, 2013
congrats
Lionel
 
Lionel October 02, 2013
Congratulations on the award
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VHiggins October 02, 2013
such stunning beautiful and creative work! congratulations!
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photofairy October 06, 2013
Thank you for sharing this beautiful and creative photo! I love your work!
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TrueBlue October 10, 2013
amazing photo just amazing .
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jleiweke October 29, 2013
Congrats!
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garycox1 November 04, 2013
Lovely creative image
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rachelstandring November 18, 2013
incredible effects
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Storm-Sox November 18, 2013
Stunning!
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billebbing January 07, 2014
Nice
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GordonD March 13, 2014
Always so creative. well done !
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GJUNIORPHOTOGRAPHY September 01, 2016
congrats
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mattdunn February 06, 2019
So very cool shot! Beautiful self-portrait !!!
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ghick6252 February 20, 2019
Good Afternoon Sara. Your art never ceases to amaze me. Outstanding Creativity & Superior Skill. I do so love your work.
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blzzard May 11
Magnificent, Sarah. I've been an intractable pain patient for 20 years, which is an umbrella condition that includes adhesive arachnoiditis, myofascial pain disorder, peripheral neuropathy, cervical disc disease, & polyarthralgias. This photo could be read many ways, one of which might be losing pieces of oneself. Masterful work, & thank you for sharing your details.

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Location
I shot this self portrait in the yard of my home in Los Angeles, CA.
Time
About 5pm, just as the sun was starting to go down and the golden hour opened up.
Lighting
I find that as long as you wait for the right lighting outside, there's little you need to do to modify it. Patience is key!
Equipment
A Nikon D5100, a 50mm 1.8 lens, a tripod and remote shutter release.
Inspiration
I had been experiencing some hair loss as a result of my myaglic encephalomyalitis (sometimes called fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) which was very upsetting at the time. At the same time, I realized it was a rather trivial thing to be concerned about, so I created this image to allow myself to mourn my loss, which would help me to work through my feelings.
Editing
All the crows came from my personal library of bird images. I flipped my hair over and over to get individual curls for the crows to be flying off with. I blended several birds into my hair itself, did basic skin editing and enhanced the sunset colors.
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
Spend a lot of time making sure everything blends together believably. Spend time looking at the image at 100% resolution and higher, and also back out so you can see the entire thing at once. Pay attention to how the light would naturally fall on the crows and hair if they actually had been in the frame and try to replicate that as closely as you can. The little details will really help sell you image!

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