Can you feel it? The sentimental goo in the air? Because I can
Yesterday was day 315 in my 365 project, and so that means that the emotional countdown begins. 50 days until another thing that I’ve poured myself into is over. I know it seems so melodramatic, but it’s a big deal! So, since this phase has begun, I decided to do a very meaningful picture to commemorate for it.
A little while after my last 365 ended, I was incredibly inspired by Alexa Meade’s artwork. While a lot of people are intrigued and enthralled with paintings looking like photos, she strives for the opposite. And man can she hit that nail on the head.
Anyway, her artwork inspired me to make a photo called “Rid Your Demons”. At the time of taking the picture, or putting paint all over my body/face, I didn’t really know what this picture would come to mean for me. Not even over a year later that it’s been up on flickr, or on my wall, or anything. I didn’t grasp it until yesterday.
The original photo, to me, tells a story close to my Van Gogh one I did a few months ago. It’s about the struggle with facing inner demons. They can suffocate you to the point of what feels like oblivion. In this case, what I like most in the photo is how most of the focus is around her neck. How it gets bolder as it progresses – like it’s choking her. It doesn’t really tell you if she wins or loses, either.
So, back to current day! I realized that it was coming up on 50 days left so I wanted to do something meaningful. I started thinking about what photos I’d done in the past that inspired me but still felt like a work in progress. The photos that felt like they deserved a sequel. There were several to choose from. I connect stories with any picture I take, so it’s hard to pinpoint which “deserve” it the most. But this one stuck out to me.
And so the sequel was made! Also, very quickly, props to me because this was the largest expansion I’ve ever done.
As for what this sequel means, it’s all about interpretation. The first photo was much more simple. However, this photo screams several different things to me. She’s obviously still fighting her demons, but where is she? How did she get there? Why are there two? I like to believe that she’s winning, however. She doesn’t look defeated, she looks empowered and ready to fight. I don’t think her story is over.
Is it silly to get so emotionally attached to photo related projects? I want to know what inspires everyone else, though. What do you see and instantly get the urge to create from? Or, better yet, what do you easily get attached to?