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Back to the Beginning | Self-Portraits

Last month, I didn’t pick up my camera once to take photos. The month before that, the last time I picked it up was around the middle of the month. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to. I just wasn’t inspired to. In my step away from social media, I also found myself walking away from my camera as well. I was over and underwhelmed with inspiration, and I wanted nothing to do with it. I needed to reset.

A few years ago, I didn’t go a week without taking a new self-portrait. These days, they’ve become few and far between. In a way, I blame that on my sewing and crafting, as those have become quite time consuming in an oh so very good way.

Looking back at my photography from the beginning until now, there’s definitely been progression made. I’m quite proud of how much I’ve grown and look forward to improving more in the years to come. Of course with growth comes a series of questions:

‘ What kind of photos do I want to create?’
‘Is this what I want to keep creating?’
‘Have I improved, or am I still in the same place a few years ago?’
‘How can I create better photos?’
‘What mood am I going for?’

A few years ago, I had only one question, ‘What photo shall I create today?’ Ah, simpler times…

These days, I use my costumes as leverage to improve my work. Taking photos of a gorgeous dress against a plain backdrop is just boring to me. It’s just not creatively fulfilling to me. I should tell a story with the photo by creating a scene for it. Find the perfect setting. Create the perfect mood. Capture that perfect moment. Telling stories with my photos. That’s pretty much where I’m at now creatively.

But now, I’ve found myself scrolling through my past work and thinking about my frame of thought when I was creating. I feel as though I’ve lost a part of that inspiration, so I’m going back to the beginning and combing some of the knowledge I have now with what I did then to see what becomes of it. It could completely suck and turn into some terrible work. Then again, it could turn into some of my best to date. Challenge Accepted!

In the coming weeks/months, I’m aiming to create a variety of simple as well as more involved pieces of work. I’m hoping the mix of concepts will bring me a sense of satisfaction as an artist as well as to keep my inspirational flow consistent.

The above photo was taken a couple days ago. It was a simple photo shoot against a white backdrop. I knew that I just wanted a series of black and white photos. Nothing crazy. Just something simple. I’ve just had a growing love for black and white photography in recent weeks. So perhaps I’ll start with that…


Lee

Florals and Faeries | The Articles

As I clear up my space and put some order to the madness, I found that I have a nice collection of artificial flowers. By nice, I mean I had so much that these just needed to go! This is one of the creations I was working on during my time off.

I started with making a simple strappy dress using a green and white floral fabric . I gave it a pointed hem. I was limited on how much fabric I had with this, so I gave it a bottom layer of a light olive colour fabric. I wanted something slightly adjustable in sizing, so I ruched the waist with several rows of elastic. as well as a zip on the back. This was going to be my green faerie.

The leaves and flowers on this dress were hand sewn onto the dress. I could have opted for a much faster solution by just using my trusty hot glue gun to attach them, but I was afraid that I’d be too indecisive with the placement of the flowers. I didn’t quite build out the layout that I wanted. So hand sewing it was just in case I wanted to change things up.

I changed it up at least three times.

The edges are raw for the time being. I might distress them a bit more to make it a little more whimsical. Other than that, I think the one thing that’s missing now is a headpiece. So that’s something to consider adding to my list of projects!

This was a fun piece to create. The hand sewing was a bit time-consuming, but looking at the final results, it was worth it. This is definitely something I’d like to create more of. I still have plenty of leaves and flowers left over, so why not!


Lee

Another Rotation Around the Planet

The time is slowly approaching. It’s almost time to mark another rotation around this planet – the day of my creation.

Like New Year’s Resolutions, I sometimes like to set Birthday Goals. This year, I’d plan to start working on a photo project that I’ve held off on due to a variety of reasons. The longer that I put it off, the less likely that it’s actually going to come into fruition. So hopefully, I’ll be able to tout about how much (or little) I’ve accomplished by this time next year.

As for the day itself, no real plans have been made. I figure I’d just play it by ear and see what adventures the day brings. I will make it appoint, though to try and not spend a good portion of the day sitting at my sewing machine and working on something that can wait until the day after. It’s just going to be a day of cake, cake, and more cake.

Ideally, I’d like to tackle a couple of photo shoots before the day, so we’ll see how creatively inspired I can get over the next few days.

For those interested in getting me something, here are my wish lists:
If you want to get me latex:
   Latex Wish List

If you want to get me something from my anything list:
   Everything Else Wish List

If you want to contribute to my Patreon:
   Become a Patron

If you’d rather buy a print:
   Shop My Prints

<3
Lee

P.S. – The dress in this photo is one of my creations. It used to be a curtain panel. Also, this is a self-portrait using natural light.