Battle Scars is live.

The project I’ve been working on for the last couple of months, Battle Scars, is now live on this blog.

It has been such a blessing and a burden to be working on this project (which is by no means finished.) I initially posted the photographs on my Facebook page, and I was confused as to why they weren’t getting any attention- well, I thought they weren’t getting any attention. I was getting more feedback on images I didn’t think to be that important. However, at an exhibition this weekend, someone I know came up to me and told me that this project was “some pretty heavy stuff.” and that’s when I understood.

I’m doing my best to boost a signal about self-harm, and just because I’m not getting any feedback about it, doesn’t mean it isn’t being seen. It’s a taboo subject; of course no one is going to talk to me about it. But they’re seeing and reading these stories, and that is more than enough for me. We’re making progress, no matter how small.

I love the people I photographed. They’re all wonderful people with beautiful souls and I wish they could all have happy, wonderful lives full of blessing and no pain. Several of them, when coming to me about being a part of the project said similar things to: “Well, my scars are pretty faded, so I don’t know if it’ll be much help…” it just broke my heart, knowing that these people who have felt so much pain were shy about their pain not being “enough”. This is one of the many reasons why I pursued this project.

I’m by no means done with this project. I have quite a few more images to take and more images to be written on. So keep an eye on the project, which can be found here: https://deophotography.wordpress.com/battle-scars/

Thank you to those who have participated: your story is so important to me and to others.

Era of Phone Photography

It’s no surprise that cell-phone-camera use is a norm. Cameras on cell phones get better and better every year (the iPhone 5 camera has 8 megapixels… dang) and people use their cameras all the time- I saw someone using a camera on their phone on my way to class this morning. I can’t keep track of the number of times this week alone I saw someone using their phones for photography.

What also isn’t a surprise is how often I use my camera on my phone. A shocker is how I over use editing apps on my phone when I’m bored. (sarcasm, for those of you who are immune to it.)

There are a ton of cool apps out there that I like to use (when I’m bored, mostly) and here are just a few notable ones:

#CATWANG

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We know I’m in love with this app. I don’t have to explain why, right?

LensLight

ImageLensLight is a great app for a lot of interesting effects that you can’t get on, say, instagram. It has filters such as the moon (TOTALLY NOT MY FAVORITE NO NOT AT ALL), some vintage light leaks, chroma spots, lens flares… There are some really awesome and really tacky things you can filter your pictures with. Looking for that ~hipster~ feel? Get LensLight and fulfill your dreams (of course, my dreams were dreams before it was cool to have them.)

BeFunky

ImageSomeone needs to take this app away from me. You can crop, sharpen, saturate/desaturate, vignette, matte, straighten, and apply many filters with this one. And you can just keep adding filters over filters. I get a bit carried away with that privilege, and I usually end up with images like the above- super tacky but super fun.

It’s fun to sometimes take a break from being so serious about my work and to just go all out and make bad things. If you have app capabilities, then I suggest the above apps. They’re a great time and they’re fun to use when you’re sitting on the bus, plane, train, bored out of your skull.

London and Paris and East Lansing

I had an excellent trip abroad. I wish it were a little longer, but c’est la vie.

We spent three days in London and three days in Paris, and now I’m spending the next four weeks in East Lansing. Yay?

I took some awesome pictures using film by Revolog.

They have some really great films with cool effects, and each roll is unique- so no two pictures have the same effect! I used their kolor film to make my pictures of landmarks a little more interesting. I get really bored when I don’t have people in my shots, so the kolor film made me a bit more excited about my work.

Here are just a few notable examples of the kolor film:

So, great trip abroad! Be sure to check out my travel section to see more photos like these!