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This is part of a photoshoot I did about a week ago. I spent two-thirds of a day, off an on, writing on my arm, as you can see. I wrote every word that came to mind, or at least any word that has artistic and inspirational power. Look closely, what words can you see? What do they mean to you?

This photograph is meant to represent the different aspects of life, including personality and the understanding of what makes us human. The words overlap, contrast, compliment, conflict. Beauty is beside death. Power is overtop of guilt. But out of this huge mixture of emotions and concepts comes a single word.


Don't be afraid to live your life. Don't be afraid to be yourself. Each of these characteristics: courage, creativity, and the rest, they are a part of you. Even if you're a bigger scaredy-cat than the Cowardly Lion, even if you're the least artistic, you feel like the least creative person in the world, don't underestimate yourself. You are who you are, with your own personal strengths and weaknesses.

Personally, I don't have any strengths. None. But I also have no real weaknesses either, and that's my only strength. I know that, and I can be who I am.

Who can you be?

This is obviously heavily edited. I added the vignette and lomo-style cross-processing. I like the focal point of the word be, and what it symbolizes.

I considered editing in a more impressive sky, but I decided I liked the simplicity and the fact that the hand was the clear focal point. Besides, there's a pretty interesting shade thing going on there anyway.

So, basically, I held my hand up and my sister took pictures. Doesn't sound complicated, but it was. :aww:
Yes, that's permanent black marker. I didn't skimp, my dear friends. And I paid the price – I got some on my laptop (which is starting to disappear), and had to clean the shower (I tried to clean my arm and got the ink everywhere) and it took about a week to get off. All in the name of art! :dummy:

Special mentions
~SafetyXPinXSurgery for making fun of my ink-stained hand. :giggle:
*WanderingHere, my sister, took this picture.

This was featured in ~blindinpink's news article, ~whitefox00's journal, ~Abi-Rose-Official's journal, ~morgan-black-keys's journal and *scheinbar's news article.

© 2009 Jonathon Reed
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1/197 second
Focal Length
55 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 8, 2009, 5:03:11 AM
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