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Cliche: Self Esteem: Innocence by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Innocence
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General:

This is my favorite upload from a long series I am doing about self-esteem. The wall itself is constructed from dozens of copies of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and a lone Sports Illustrated. I wanted to get the feeling of flipping through the magazine without the big bits of text we read. This is the stuff you see while flipping to the key articles you want. This is what we show young women they have to be. And I know its cliche but I think this truly impacts people. When I first put this wall up I threw a few parties in my apartment and the reaction I had from many young women was that the wall itself made them feel like they were not good enough; it made them feel inadequate, unattractive, etc. 

Specific:
This subject is an actress but shes also a cutie-pie. She reminded me of why I was doing this. When I started with this project I interviewed a lot of people and decided against using certain people for one reason or another. Katie was the one that really stood out the most, in front of every other person, because she had a sort of child-like innocence and then the acting ability necessary to make this seem more real.  Her expressions really sell the image. 


First Panel:

She has the look of playful innocence built in and that is what we see. A carefree girl who is starting the world all bright eyed and happy.
 She is unaware of the world around her and is entirely herself, uninfluenced. 

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Second Panel:

She is still cute and playful, but she is no longer 100% innocent. he is observing whats around her and beginning to understand what this world is. She's starting to feel what everyone feels when they're faced with such adversity. 

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Third Panel:

Our subject is sitting next to the photo of another girl. This picture is of a woman laying down, covered in flowers. These flowers are not so different then in our innocent's hair. Beautiful smooth faces around here. The twisted text of love are just out of her sight; reality begins to set in. Finally we settle upon a new, jaded expression. The death of innocence is the result of these cancerous influences. 

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Cliche: Self Esteem by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Defiance by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Let Me Take A Selfie by LightrayPhotography Cliche: Self Esteem: Darkness by LightrayPhotography
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Cliche: Self Esteem: Darkness by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Darkness
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General:


This is the first upload in a long series I am doing about self-esteem. The wall itself is constructed from dozens of copies of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and a lone Sports Illustrated. I wanted to get the feeling of flipping through the magazine without the big bits of text we read. This is the stuff you see while flipping to the key articles you want. This is what we show young women they have to be. And I know its cliche but I think this truly impacts people. When I first put this wall up I threw a few parties in my apartment and the reaction I had from many young women was that the wall itself made them feel like they were not good enough; it made them feel inadequate, unattractive, etc. 



Specific
In truth, this subject isn't really all that insecure with herself but we see that she isn't as tall and busty as the blonde, she isn't as thin as other two girls, she is just a normal regular girl. Shes a little soft and has a round face. But that doesn't mean she has to succumb to the darkness. 

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First Panel:
We see this young girl is in the dark, with the scene behind her barely lit. I covered her face and body in shadows to give a sense of insecurity.

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Second Panel:
In the second panel we pull the image back, again to make the model look smaller in the scene. I threw the light on her and made sure the shadows were everywhere else. She is gaining strength from within, not from the influences around her. The spot-light is on her. 

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Third Panel:
In this scene we show the wall as dark, like in the first scene, but the subject has a might more powerful attitude about her. She is sitting up, facing the camera, is a sort of blatant disrespect.

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Cliche: Self Esteem: Innocence by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Defiance by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Let Me Take A Selfie by LightrayPhotography
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Test Editing by LightrayPhotography
Test Editing
I was trying out a new style. I still over-softened the skin on the models. I've worked on that, moving forward. 
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Cliche: Self Esteem: Defiance by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Defiance
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This is the third upload in a long series I am doing about self-esteem. The wall itself is constructed from dozens of copies of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and a lone Sports Illustrated. I wanted to get the feeling of flipping through the magazine without the big bits of text we read. This is the stuff you see while flipping to the key articles you want. This is what we show young women they have to be. And I know its cliche but I think this truly impacts people. When I first put this wall up I threw a few parties in my apartment and the reaction I had from many young women was that the wall itself made them feel like they were not good enough; it made them feel inadequate, unattractive, etc. 

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Specific:
This series involves a very attractive girl encountering this BS scene and showing it exactly how she feels. 

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First Panel:
I've pulled he camera back to make her feel smaller then the other images in the face of this weird cliche but I don't believe she looses the confident look I know her for. Spencer is perfect for this series because she genuinely has one the strongest, out-ward facing self-esteems I've ever encountered. It could be an act who knows. But she was the one most genuinely amused by the wall'd constructed. 

In this she is pressing herself up against the wall. is she trying to join in her own way, like angel? Is she covering it up? Is she hiding in plain sight?

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Second Panel:
In this version of the image, Spencer is ripping the wall to shreds. Tearing it down. Classic defiance and destruction reveals the underlying message that these images press into each and every one of us, over and over: "you will never be good enough"

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Third Panel: 
In the final panel of this triptych she is laying on her back, she's pulled most of the wall down and covered herself in it. 

Has the mass of faces overwhelmed her or has she taken control and using the images to her own strange devices? is she giving up? Is this victory? 

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See the rest of the series:
Cliche: Self Esteem: Innocence by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Darkness by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem by LightrayPhotography 
Cliche: Self Esteem: Let Me Take A Selfie by LightrayPhotography
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Cliche: Self Esteem: Let Me Take A Selfie by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Let Me Take A Selfie
Please like me at other social media sites, instagram.com/lightrayart and facebook.com/lightrayart

This is the second upload in a long series I am doing about self-esteem. The wall itself is constructed from dozens of copies of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, and a lone Sports Illustrated. I wanted to get the feeling of flipping through the magazine without the big bits of text we read. This is the stuff you see while flipping to the key articles you want. This is what we show young women they have to be. And I know its cliche but I think this truly impacts people. When I first put this wall up I threw a few parties in my apartment and the reaction I had from many young women was that the wall itself made them feel like they were not good enough; it made them feel inadequate, unattractive, etc. 

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Specific:
This series involves a girl taking a bunch of selfies and adding them to the wall. Covering up the others faces that were there. I also learned a new method of editing skin on this and I think it looks a lot more realistic. 

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First Panel
This shows angel taking a selfie with a Polaroid-like camera. I tried to ensure there was a whole bunch of negative space between the camera and her face to show a sort of separation. 


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Second Panel
this shows her posing next to the selfies. It looks light she has resigned not to ignore the wall, like the previous subject, but not to join it either. Well, she joins it in her own way by covering up whats already there. She becomes he own standard of beauty and allows herself to fit in under her own terms. 

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Third Panel
She Just seems pleased at her handiwork. She doesn't have to give the impression of "I am better than this" because she placed herself on the wall. She is exactly this. 

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Cliche: Self Esteem: Innocence by LightrayPhotography
Cliche: Self Esteem: Darkness by LightrayPhotography
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Do you like how I write little blurbs on the artwork I feature weekly? 

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I will be doing the weekly watched features again. I will be changing them, however, to be the "intermittent sometimes features." it takes me hours upon hours to put those together and many people don't really look at them. On one hand, its a way for me to practice my photographic eye and keep touch with my artistic vocabulary. On the other hand, I receive no benefit for doing it. 

However, anyone who posts or comments on this Journal will be featured in my next Journal entry. People who comment and favorite my work can receive critiques. 

Any questions? Ask me. 

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Justin Downing
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
I like playing my guitar, writing poetry, and photography.

Current Residence: Maryville, Misery, USA
Favourite genre of music: Folk
Favourite style of art: Pen and Ink
Operating System: Windows
MP3 player of choice: Winamp
Wallpaper of choice: Blank Black
Skin of choice: I am not racist ;) (Anything)
Personal Quote: Once is simply twice minus one's experiance...
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WhoopySnoopy Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
snoopy happy Hi 50  by WhoopySnoopy  Watch thanks100 by WhoopySnoopy  Snoopy-hug-anim-greeting-100 by WhoopySnoopy  
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My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh … do flashy emotey things offend you or something? Most people like it when I do that. It ain't supposed to be spam. I really appreciate watches and making a big deal of it is my way of showing it .-.
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LightrayPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It felt like you took a steaming, spammy dump on my front page.
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DragonflyAndromeda Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014   Photographer
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
:w00t: BIG thanks for the :+fav:S :)
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WhoopySnoopy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Justin. Thanks to your comment on my photo I visited your gallery. I'm very impressed.
It will take a while to look at them all. Great work. It's a joy to browse!
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