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Disorder #2 [20060506|18:52]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Disorder #2


Depression. (Do I really need to describe depression?)


It took me two goddamn days to finish this image. The background splatter required a good deal of work. It's composed of bits of Lomo Supersampler photos (shot on film) from around London. I won't go into the details of the fun I had trying to decide what to wear and how to pull back my hair, which is still too short for a ponytail. The expression on my face is meant to be reminiscent of Donnie Darko, although I know I don't look much like Jake Gyllenhaal. Mostly, I'm just grumpy at the number of times I had to re-shoot this until I was happy with it. Oh, and since the EXIF data doesn't seem to be showing up on Flickr any more: ISO 100, f/9.0, 0.4 s, f=50 mm.
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From: shniggit
2006-05-06 19:14 (UTC)
This along with the first disorder piece have been really, really impressive.
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From: shniggit
2006-05-06 20:45 (UTC)
ooh also, could you let me know your email again, I've misplaced it and want to send you a song I think you might like!
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[User Picture]From: culturedgoat
2006-05-06 20:03 (UTC)
That's actually quite beautiful, that is. That's art.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-09 08:17 (UTC)

Warning: This comment may not reflect my actual level of appreciation for your comment.

Do you have a culturedgoat seal of approval? If so, can I use it?
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-05-06 20:46 (UTC)
Well, your perfectionism has worked out here, really great expressions on both of your disorder photos. Keep them coming darling.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2006-05-06 21:03 (UTC)
Love it. I feel like you're daring me to do, well, I'm not sure, but you are daring me.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:53 (UTC)
You're right. The look was meant to be something along the lines of, "Just try and stop me."
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From: 24db
2006-05-06 21:12 (UTC)
Well impressed mate!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2006-05-06 21:29 (UTC)
*blinking* It's fantastic. Fascinating. Pleased you're not frowning in the shot (oi). Like the fact that your hand is so...deliberate, no sag or limp-fish look to it. I've seen dozens of photos of you, but I'm having a hard time seeing you in the girl in the photo. Something just seems really different. ?? Wonder how it'd change things to see daisies blast away...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-08 22:52 (UTC)
Hm, maybe it's the sneering? My sneer muscles are poorly developed, since I don't do it much. Also, thank you for noticing the hand. I wanted it to look purposeful but not strained no tendons popping out or anything.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2006-05-06 22:15 (UTC)
I agree with the art comment. I have liked your previous photos but this is actually art. Very nice.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-09 07:57 (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate this. I suspected I had made a cognitive leap recently in terms of composition and lighting and it's nice to have it affirmed.
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From: ripperlyn
2006-05-06 22:36 (UTC)
Fuck. Wow. Just...wow.

I'm quite glad we watched that film.

And I'm sorry if you're still not feeling terrific. :( Is there anything I can bring you back from LA?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-07 22:29 (UTC)
ME TOO. Thank you so much for agreeing to watch it with me. Not only was it a great way to spend the day recovering after our long weekend blow-out, it was inspiring.

I'm doing all right, thank you (again). On the upswing now. I don't need anything from LA, except maybe a bean and cheese burrito, but that wouldn't keep very well. ;-) I think it would be best if you have a great time and make some useful contacts.
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[User Picture]From: gourou
2006-05-07 00:47 (UTC)
Mmm. That is so lush and tasty an image. Give yourself a pat on the back then sell me a print I can splatter over my wall.

The only other data point I can offer for the expression is Private Piles just before he blows his brains out.

I imagine #3 deals with you making this image and is titled "Obsessive Compulsive".
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-07 22:54 (UTC)
Huzzah! Thank you. Prints will happen when I finish this series.

My boyfriend says that last sentence makes you the winner of the comments thread. I say damn you both all the way to Hades. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-05-07 03:02 (UTC)
That's beautiful, effective and engaging! It teases with a hidden story the way the best of art tends to.... lots of levels and questions and a simple statement all at once.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-09 08:13 (UTC)
Thank you. I hope to have this one printed poster-sized, as I think (I hope, anyway) that the Lomo images which you can't distinguish too well in the low-res version will provoke further scrutiny. See my reply to seismic for more detail.
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[User Picture]From: sadira42
2006-05-07 03:43 (UTC)
I kind of want this one and the previous disorder hanging in my house. Oh, when shall I be rich enough to buy art? Oh woe is me!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-09 07:51 (UTC)
I'm flattered that you want them in your house. Since I have yet to work out how much I'd charge for these or what size I'd print them at, I have no answer to your question. ;-D
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From: libra_verde5
2006-05-07 04:03 (UTC)
That is about as near perfect as you could get. I really dig it!
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2006-05-07 05:27 (UTC)
Fabulous. I love the look on your face and the slash of color. Again, very striking. I'm torn between wanting to ask you more details (several very specific questions) about the splattered lomo shots, begging for a high res version (so I can poke around and answer just one of them for myself) and not wanting to ask any of them lest I ruin the magic.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-07 23:07 (UTC)
Interesting. While I don't think it should be necessary to know the technical details behind image production to enjoy the image in the first place, I don't usually find that learning them afterwards detracts from the enjoyment. If you don't mind, I'd love to hear the questions, even if you don't actually want me to answer them here.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2006-05-07 06:28 (UTC)
Reminds me of escher's birds and fishes, but better. His creatures seem to be swimming/flying towards nothing. Just around in circles with no minds of their own. Transformed, rather than transforming. Your creature is transformation in midstream. Wonderful.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-07 23:11 (UTC)
This observation tickles me to no end, because I wanted the image to look dynamic, like a stroboscopic capture, even though the elements that make up the image are static. It's not like I'm firing a bullet into an apple or a playing card, but I wanted this to have a similar feel. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2006-05-07 06:30 (UTC)
I love this series. This one is just perfect.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-05-07 22:56 (UTC)
Thank you. This icon is perfect, although out of context here. Thanks for giving me permission to use it.
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