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Before my surgery on the 13/09/2012 I had my girlfriend help me do a self portrait shoot. The last shoot before my body was altered forever.

This image is a mixture of collage using the many letters, leaflets, paperwork etc from my pre op and photograph. I hope to produce a few more images like this.

More exploration into this odd trans body of mine. I think the pose says a lot about fear. Despite how much you want something like surgery, it's never an easy decision. No one goes ahead 100% certain and 100% confident.

Image is © Saku Smith aka *CreatoreMagico
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NixxtorHobbyist General Artist
really cool ide, and beautifully done
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your comment. This is my favorite image to come from that photo shoot.
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sadistic-death-loverStudent Traditional Artist
this is an amazing conceptual idea. i love it. congrats :)
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for taking time to leave a comment. It's always encouraging to hear positive feedback. <3
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sadistic-death-loverStudent Traditional Artist
you're welcome. i love your work. it shows great introspection and personal growth
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
That means a lot, thank you again. I only hope I can keep making work like this.
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abitKnoxieHobbyist Photographer
This is AMAZING.
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you once again! ;_; I'm taken aback by your praise.
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Okay this might be my favourite... I just love the pose and the fact that those leaflets etc are literally written on your body... so good!

SO MANY FEELS RIGHT NOW ARGH
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
I am happy if my work stirs feelings! <3 Thank you once again!
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drazziHobbyist Digital Artist
Again, glad the pictures I took worked for you. I think we only took this one pretzel shot? I'm glad we did because it looks amazing now you've worked on it.

I think the folds of the sheet go really well with the overall letter collage you have going on. It all looks quite nice together, you must have really worked hard on it.

Is awesomes.

(Your sig is easier to spot in this one :3 )
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
There were about three like this but this one was by far the best, it took a lot of work to tidy the background, then make the collage and apply it the way I did but I'm so happy how it turned out.

Hehe, you are the sig finding master. :hug:
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drazziHobbyist Digital Artist
The background work is awesome, it doesn't even look like you did anything to me.
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to show you the original in a before and after shot s you can see what I did!
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This is stunning!!!! The pose captures something really kinda intangible. Um... like... when you're anxious and you get that horrible feeling of knots. Or, like if you get a pen and just do a really harsh scribble on a page? And that's how it feels inside? Does that make any sense? lol. Anyway, *that* is what the pose brings to mind for me. It's very effective.

And I love the letter collage. God... I don't even know how you did that, but it's beautiful. That's a very familiar feeling to me. Surgery, no matter how wanted or desired, is always going to be a daunting, scary thing. This is perfect.
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Your comments mean so much to me. It's really nice to get your warm and positive insight to my work because it's like I get even closer to you as a friend.

I love you. :heart:
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I am totally blown away by this piece. The posing, the anxiety, the honesty and fear, and how you offer yourself up to us for consumption. It's really lovely, Ku. Full of emotion. Hits deep in the best of ways. :)
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. ;_; Your comment made me very emotional. Having my work appreciated by you always helps me want to keep making it. You are always there for me, thank you.
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nekophoenixProfessional General Artist
This is absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us - this is a wonderful piece. The collage of letters and paperwork works perfectly, it's as if it's paper Papier-mâché-ed on to you.
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cambiare-magicoHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your comment. It's hard to have the confidence to share work like this but I really want to keep doing so and encouragement from other artists helps so much! Papier-mâché on the skin was totally what I was hoping it would resemble in the end. :hug:
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